For the second time since December, 14-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps is scheduled to swim in a local club meet — this time entering the Maryland Swimming Championship this weekend at Lejeune Hall at the U.S Naval Academy in Annapolis.
Phelps, who previously swam in North Baltimore Aquatic Club’s “Christmas Meet” in December, will swim in four events at the meet, which begins on Thursday and runs through Sunday.
Phelps is seeded first in the 400 individual medley, 200 IM, 500 freestyle and 200 butterfly.
In December, Phelps talked about swimming in short-course yard events with an eye on reclaiming his American records, many of which were lost following the 2008 arrival of high-tech suits, which are now banned in U.S. and international competition.
Phelps holds the 200 butterfly record in short-course yards, which is the standard distance for age-group, high school and U.S. collegiate meets. Short-course yards is never contested internationally and is not recognized by the world swimming governing body (FINA).
In discussing his participation in the Christmas meet, Phelps’ coach Bob Bowman said Phelps planned to swim in these championships and, as he did in December, would likely swim in the 400 IM – an event and record that is especially important to Phelps.
Phelps set the record in 2006, besting the mark by Olympian legend Tom Dolan, an Arlington local and Curl-Burke alum. But Michigan’s Tyler Clary topped Phelps’ time by half a second when he won his first NCAA title.
“I think he’d love to get that one back,” Bowman told the Post‘s Amy Shipley in December. “That’s a great thing to keep him interested. It’s kind of his legacy. When Tom Dolan broke it in 1995, I remember thinking, ‘No one is ever going to go that fast.’ ….. I think that one means something to him because it’s Dolan’s record.”
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