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Michael Phelps failed to reach the championship final in either of his events Sunday, and offered some harsh criticism of his performance after.
The California recruit was edged in the final meters, but beat his childhood hero.
Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte finished on the podium at the Pro Swim Series stop in Charlotte Friday night, but the next class of butterfliers are chasing the pair of Olympians — including Jack Conger and Andrew Seliskar.
Michael Phelps expected to compete in the 200-meter butterfly for first time since London, but has company with Andrew Seliskar and Jack Conger in the mix.
Michael Phelps is worried less about his results and more about learning to race again.
Replays from yesterday’s races in Arizona.
Pair of American swimmers have had their careers intersect for more than a decade, and now they will meet again.
Thursday’s prelims are in the books, and Michael Phelps once again qualified first in the 100-meter butterfly after an extended absence from competition.
Psych sheets released for the 2015 Mesa Pro Swim Series in Arizona.
Michael Phelps makes return to USA Swimming competition; and Katie Ledecky on world-record watch once again.
Results from Day 2 of the Austin Pro Swim Series. Updated live.
Results from Day 1 of the Austin Pro Swim Series. Updated live.
Follow the action in Austin with these links and storylines.
Team USA finishes atop the medal standings with 37 total medals in Doha.
Five world records fall on the fourth day of competition at FINA’s short-course worlds.
Hungarian Katinka Hosszu continuing her reign in Doha with another gold medal and Team USA took home three more medals.
Team USA wins another gold, with help from Tyler Clary, in the men’s 4×200 freestyle relay on the second day of competition in Doha.
Twenty-one photos from the first day of swimming at FINA’s short-course world championships in Doha, Qatar.
Ryan Lochte added two bronze medals to his short-course worlds record 30 medals during a slow first night of finals for the U.S. delegations in Doha.
The former All-Met out of Potomac Falls is one of 18 Olympians set to represent Team USA in Doha, Qatar in December.
Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps nominated for a combined nine awards for the 2014 Golden Goggles Awards.
The 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials will be held in Omaha, Nebraska from Sunday, June 26th, through Sunday, July 3rd, 2016, per a release by USA Swimming on Wednesday.
Bethesda’s Katie Ledecky lowers a second world record at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia, her second in two days.
Bethesda’s Katie Ledecky sets a world record for the sixth time since last year, while Michael Phelps wins his first individual gold since 2012.
Bethesda teen overtakes Australian for gold in the women’s race; Michael Phelps wins first gold on relay.
Bethesda swimmer wins two golds, adding to U.S. team haul of 10 medals on first day of Pan Pacs.
Missy Franklin fights through back spasms to make “A” final at Pan Pacific Championships on Day 1.
Michael Phelps has no easy road to the finals at this week’s Pan Pacific Championships.
U.S. national teamers met with reporters ahead of Thursday’s start of the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships.
The U.S.’s top veterans shortened their schedules at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in Australia already by opting out of the first day of competition.
Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps to swim five individual events apiece at the Aug. 21-25 championship meet in Gold Coast, Australia.
After reaching the top of the podium in his first 12 nationals as a professional swimmer, Michael Phelps is relearning how to win.
USA Swimming finalized its roster for the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia, from Aug. 21-25.
VIDEO: In a deja vu moment for swim fans, Ryan Lochte edges Michael Phelps in the 200 IM at U.S. nationals.
The U.S.’s top swimmers of the past decade claimed first and second on the final day of competition at U.S. nationals in Irvine, Calif.
Michael Phelps has spent the majority of his storied career training with the same coach in the same pool in Baltimore.
Katie Ledecky, 17, is scheduled for a brutal schedule in Irvine next week at the 2014 U.S. National Swimming Championships.
Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte return to the pool for a tune-up meet before U.S. Nationals in early August.
Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin headline a field that includes 13 Olympians at the final stop on the 2013-2014 Grand Prix series in Santa Clara, Calif.
Ryan Lochte told reporters in New York on Wednesday the real reason he missed the Grand Prix in Charlotte.
Michael Phelps won his first race in 21 months since returning to swimming.
Michael Phelps qualified for his second final since returning from retirement last month. Andrew Seliskar third in 400 IM.
Ryan Lochte pulls out of Charlotte Grand Prix due to knee pain.
Look back at the action from an exciting 2014 Mesa Grand Prix, including top-shots of Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky.
Michael Phelps swam the wrong stroke in his second event post-retirement. Don’t worry; it was on purpose.
Friday morning’s heat sheets posted for the Day 2 of the 2014 Mesa Grand Prix.
Katie Ledecky matched the year’s world-best in the women’s 400 free on Thursday at USA Swimming’s Mesa Grand Prix.
Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte renewed their rivalry during Thursday’s finals at the 2014 Mesa Grand Prix.
Thursday morning’s heat sheets posted for the Day 1 of the 2014 Mesa Grand Prix.
All eyes will be on Michael Phelps this Thursday and Friday at the 2014 Mesa Grand Prix, but here are five local storylines not to overlook.
Michael Phelps returns to the competition pool for the US2014 Mesa Grand Prix. Find all the links you need to follow along here!
Katie Ledecky and Dara Torres not surprised by Phelps return.
Don’t just chase your dreams—race them. Featuring Ryan Lochte, Nathan Adrian, Jessica Hardy, Cullen Jones, and Tyler Clary.
Katie Ledecky earns 2013 FINA Athlete of the Year honor.
Swim fan makes psych up video featuring Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and others.
Katie Ledecky and Bruce Gemmell each won awards at Sunday’s Golden Goggles awards ceremony hosted by USA Swimming.
Three-time Olympian Ryan Lochte sustains injury in run-in with fan.
Katie Ledecky will lead a U.S. squad of 33 swimmers, including 16 Olympians, when they take on the European All Stars at the Dual in the Pool in Glasgow, Scotland this December.
USA Swimming saw its largest single-year growth in athlete membership in 2012-2013. Potomac Valley surpasses 11,000 members in same year.
Kevin Cordes jumped early, handing gold to the French relay.
Missy Franklin joined the likes of Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz, Ian Thorpe and Kristin Otto on Sunday with a historic sixth gold medal at worlds.
Ryan Lochte picked up his second and third gold medal at worlds on Friday, his 13th and 14th of his illustrious swimming world championships career.
Teenagers Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky each pick up another gold on Thursday in Barcelona. Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen took down a world record in semifinals. [gallery]
Ryan Lochte returns to the top of the podium on day five at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona. James Magnussen reclaims sprint crown. Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin win gold.
Missy Franklin won her third gold in four days to lead Team USA on another successful day at worlds. Michael McBroom earned silver in 800 free.
Katie Ledecky takes down world mark in 1,500-meter freestyle. Missy Franklin, Matt Grevers add to U.S. gold medal haul on day three of 2013 FINA world championships.
No gold medals for the United States on day two of the pool portion of the 2013 FINA world championships. Katie Ledecky, Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte, and Matt Grevers advance. [Gallery inside]
Team USA is off to a strong start to the 2013 FINA world championship games in Barcelona. [Gallery inside]
As the post-Phelps era kicks off this week in Barcelona, questions remain as to whether the 18-time gold medalist will return for one last push in 2016.
The pool events begin on Sunday night. Find all the information you need to catch the action from Barcelona within.
The 2013 FINA swimming world championships begin on Saturday in Barcelona.
NCAP’s Katie Ledecky scratches 200 free at world championships. National team roster updated.
Team USA received a face lift at World Trials. Twelve teenagers qualified for the national team and are looking to make a splash on the international stage.
NCAP’s Katie Ledecky breaks a 25-year-old championship record on her way to a 20-second victory.
Cassidy Bayer has three top-15 finishes and a gold medal from Dana Vollmer to take home to Alexandria after three days at U.S. Nationals.
Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin each won two golds on Wednesday night at the 2013 U.S. Nationals and World Trials.
Local seeds, TV/webcast schedule, and more to prepare you for the 2013 U.S. Nationals / World Championship Trials taking place in Indianapolis, June 25-29.
Ryan Lochte won the 200 individual medley to net his fourth title of the Santa Clara International Grand Prix. California’s Elizabeth Pelton, Caitlin Leverenz and Jessica Hardy each earned a title on the final day.
Natalie Coughlin took home gold in the 50-meter freestyle. Ryan Lochte and Nathan Adrian post meet records.
Olympic champion Nathan Adrian sets meet record in 100-meter freestyle at the Santa Clara Arena Grand PrixFriday, May 31st, 2013
Nathan Adrian sets 100-meter freestyle record at Santa Clara Grand Prix. Ryan Lochte wins 100 butterfly.
Missy Franklin and Dana Vollmer kick things off at the Orlando Grand Prix on Thursday night.
Ryan Lochte won two more medals on the final day of competition at the 2012 FINA Short-course World Championships in Istanbul. [Large gallery]
Ryan Lochte earns his second world record of the week at the 2012 FINA short-course world championships in Istanbul.
Matt McLean anchored the 4×200 freestyle relay for team USA on a dominant day two of the 2012 FINA Short-course World Championships.
Ryan Lochte and Team USA off to a fast start at the 2012 Short-course World Championships in Istanbul.
Katie Ledecky, 15, earns first national title of the 2012-2013 season at Winter Nationals.
The 2012 Golden Goggle Awards are a week away. Vote for your favorites online.
Ryan Lochte continues his pursuit of fame beyond the pool in his theatrical debut.
Ryan Lochte takes silver in the 200 IM and bronze in the 200 backstroke, but he doesn’t have the gold rush he expected.
The most decorated athlete in Olympic history added yet another gold medal to his career haul with his third straight gold in the 200-meter individual medley.
In his final Olympics, Michael Phelps has displayed his dedication as much as his talent.
Live updates from the pool in London: swimming, water polo, and diving.
Allison Schmitt’s stellar anchor leg overtakes Australians has Americans thinking big.
Live updates from the action in the pool in London.
With two more medals Tuesday, Michael Phelps became the most decorated athlete in Olympic history.
After another disappointing day in the pool, Lochte needs to stop focusing on matching Phelps’s achievements in Beijing, and just win races.
American swimmers win two golds and two silvers after Ryan Lochte misses the podium early.
Missy Franklin, 17, wins her first gold medal; Ryan Lochte finishes a disappointing fourth.
Highlights from day 3 of competition from the London Aquatic Centre.
Lochte unable to hold lead for Americans during last leg of 4×100 freestyle. U.S. settles for silver.
Highlights from day 2 of Olympic swimming coverage: two world records set; Lochte, Franklin advance; USA water polo takes on Montenegro; USA relay chased down
Loss in 400 IM shows a diminished Michael Phelps still boosting the sport of swimming.
Ryan Lochte makes bold opening statement in effort to supplant Michael Phelps as king of the pool.
It was an surprising day one in London during the swimming finals. Read excerpts from The Post’s live blog from London.
Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte both advanced to tonight’s 400 IM final, but neither put on the show in prelims that many expected.
This year, things promise to be much more challenging right from the start for Michael Phelps, who has a showdown with Ryan Lochte on Saturday.
USA Swimming reveals 2012 U.S. Olympic roster.
Locals dominate the 800-meter freestyle on Day 7 at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Michael Phelps edges rival Ryan Lochte by less than 1/10 of a second in the 200-meter individual medley final on a whirlwind night in Omaha.
Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps continue their duel in Omaha to set the stage for a pivotal showdown Saturday in the 200 medley final.
After stunning loss in the breaststroke, world record holder tries to make the U.S. team in another event.
Michael Phelps makes his fourth Olympic team in the 200m butterfly on a night in which tension and emotion reigned at the Olympic trials in Omaha.
Michael Phelps beats Ryan Lochte by just five hundredths of a second as both qualify for the event in London.
At the U.S. Olympic Trials, Katie Ledecky, 15, breaks Janet Evans’s 1988 age-group record in the 400-meter freestyle.
Teen star calls her first race of the session a ‘huge adrenaline rush.’
Ryan Lochte pulls away from Michael Phelps in the 400 individual medley, with both claiming spots on the U.S. Olympic team.
Top two American swimmers put down top times in early heats of grueling 400 individual medley.
The ongoing duel between Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps headlines Day Six at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha.
A group of 2008 Olympians attempt to fend off the next cycle of American swim stars on the fifth night of competition at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha.
Lochte and Phelps will meet again on day three at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Preview of the first day of competition at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, June 25 through July 2, including which locals to watch in each race and our picks for who will be racing in London.
Ryan Lochte made history this month as the first male to be featured on the cover of Vogue without a female model.
Lochte ditched the brief in favor of a racing jammer on Sunday at the Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix event.
Olympians and Olympic hopefuls dueled on Day Two of the Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix event.
Michael Phelps claims his third gold medal and fourth overall at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, winning the 200-meter individual medley final on Saturday.
After swearing he had given up the event, Michael Phelps wins the 400 individual medley final at the Indianapolis Grand Prix.
Dara Torres, 44, posted the the second-fastest qualifying time in the 50-meter freestyle heats.
Indianapolis Grand Prix swimming: Brendan Hansen, Ed Moses lead parade out retirement and back into poolFriday, March 30th, 2012
The Indianapolis Grand Prix showcases a handful of former retirees, including Brendan Hansen and Ed Moses, preparing for another Olympic run. Michael Phelps (shown) also took part.
Can’t wait to see Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte race head-to-head? Eager to see whether Lochte proves as worthy a challenger to the best swimmer of all time as he did last summer?
It may be a bit too early to determine who will have the edge in London this year between Phelps and Lochte. Both are swimming at high levels, despite taxing training schedules, but we do know that this weekend, Phelps got the better of Lochte in several events. Also competing on Sunday were RMSC’s Jack Conger and Sarah Haase, as well as former SNOW swimmer Matt McLean.
Phelps joked about going for Erik Vendt’s pool record in the men’s 200 IM before his race on Saturday, but with 100 meters to go, Phelps had a shot.
Potomac Valley swimmers will be competing this weekend in Austin, Texas this weekend, in USA Swimming’s Austin Grand Prix.
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Missy Franklin continued to shine in international competition, as did Ryan Lochte, who showed why he is the considered the best swimmer in the world, swimming unrested.
2011 Duel in the Pool: McLean and Ziegler set to compete for thirty-five member U.S. team against European All-StarsThursday, December 15th, 2011
The U.S. team has never lost in the event’s five-year history. Area stars Matt McLean and Kate Ziegler will be joined by Ryan Lochte, Natalie Coughlin, Missy Franklin and others against a fast group of forty-one brought by Europe.
Swimmers from area swim clubs will be competing this weekend at the 2011 Winter National Championships. Former SNOW swimmer and University of Virginia graduate, Matt McLean is looking to defend his first place finish in the 400 free and improve upon his second place finish in the 200 free at the 2011 National Championships last August.
This weekend, November 11-13, swim fans will see two heavyweights going at it in the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center pool at the 2011 Minneapolis Grand Prix, hosted by USA Swimming, as Lochte and Phelps face off in four events.
Ryan Lochte finishes as the undisputed star of the swimming world championships in Shanghai, hauling in five gold medals.
With an overpowering anchor leg in the 800 free relay and a stellar performance in the 200 back on Friday, Ryan Lochte continued his remarkable run at the world championships.
Ryan Lochte tops Michael Phelps for the second time at the world championships, posting a world record in the 200 IM.
Michael Phelps shows the will and late-race stamina that have been his trademark to claim the 200 fly gold medal 10 years after winning his first world championship.
Tuesday’s victory bolsters Ryan Lochte’s burgeoning reputation, hinting that he no longer is merely a capable rival for the world’s best swimmer, but perhaps a true challenger to that title.
Ending a streak of six straight gold medals in major events, the U.S. men put forward a disappointing third-place performance in 4 x 100-meter relay at the swimming world championships.
Ryan Lochte, not Olympic golden boy Michael Phelps, enters this week’s world swimming championships in Shanghai in peak form.
Michael Phelps’s performance this week at the Pan Pacific Championships has reflected his sporadic attention recently to his sport.
Ryan Lochte won a gold medal in the 200-meter individual medley, touching the wall in 1 minute 54.43 seconds, 0.33 seconds short of a world record time.
Only two U.S. women competed in Friday night’s 400-meter final at the Pan Pacific swimming Championships. But a total of four Americans had a huge stake in the outcome: A spot in next year’s world championship meet in Shanghai.
Just two weeks after a convincing victory in the 400-meter freestyle at the U.S. championships, Katie Hoff failed to advance to Friday’s final in the event at the Pan Pacific Championships when she was outraced to wall in her heat by Great Fall’s Kate Ziegler.
Though he’s focused on his current races at the Pan Pacific Championships, U.S. swimmer Jason Lezak is happy to talk about past accomplishments, including his relay-winning moment in Beijing.
UPDATED (8/20): Michael Phelps watched U.S. teammates Ryan Lochte and Tyler Clary put up sizzling times in a preliminary heat of the 400-meter individual medley Thursday morning at the Pan Pacific Championships. For Phelps, there was no doubt. He knew he couldn’t beat either of them in his heat minutes later. Also, Rebecca Soni nearly sets a world record and Natalie Coughlin wins twice.
Michael Phelps easily wins his first final of the Pan Pacific Championships, but Ryan Lochte also dominates his first event and threatens to put a dent in Phelps’s reputation as early as Thursday night.
American athletes and coaches cite recent strong performances at nationals as evidence that the best swimmers can close the gap more quickly than expected since high-tech bodysuits were banned.
Reach For The Wall brings you the week in U.S. swimming one day earlier this week, with highlights from Michael Phelps’ swim in Maryland, the Austin Grand Prix and a feature story on a coach you have to read about.
Reachforthewall.com debuts a new weekly feature in which we scour the nation for the week’s most interesting swimming-related stories. Did we miss something? Send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael Phelps didn’t have a fantastic time, either in the water or on the scoreboard, but he convinced himself he can try to regain his American record in the 400-yard individual medley — a mark he lost in the technical suit onslaught last spring — with a strong performance Saturday on the second day of a three-day holiday meet at the U.S. Naval Academy.
No American records were set at the first U.S. championships of the post-technical suit era this past weekend in Federal Way, Wash., but the clock still told a few interesting tales.
As American Jessica Hardy capped a fabulous fall with a big payday (which might at least make a dent in her extraordinary legal fees), Michael Phelps lost for the second weekend in a row (and he even shaved this time).
The highly anticipated Michael Phelps-Paul Biedermann meeting in the 200-meter freestyle in Berlin didn’t happen after all Sunday. Even if it had, it probably wouldn’t have been much of a race.
Melissa Franklin, who will compete at a pair of World Cups in Europe next week and the “Duel in the Pool” in December, holds 10 national age-group records, the third-fastest times in two events among U.S. women this year, and unbelievable promise. And she is only 14.
U.S. stars Michael Phelps, Katie Hoff and Ariana Kukors have decided to throw out their long, technical swimsuits before the items are officially banned in January. But will they do anything other than make a statement?
Five high school girls — one just out of eighth grade — will try to help Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and other U.S. veteran stars beat Great Britain, Italy and Germany in a made-for-television meet in Manchester, England. And Katie Hoff and Ariana Kukors will be there, too, donning short, 2010-model suits.
The suit rules unraveled, the competing countries changed, and small details continue to flummox organizers, but a USA-vs.-Europe meet slated for Dec. 18-19 in Manchester, England, will go on as scheduled — if not nearly as planned.
Michael Phelps set another world record and won his fifth gold medal in the last event of the swimming world championships Sunday, swimming the butterfly leg for the U.S. 4×100 medley relay team that scored a dominant victory in 3 minutes 27.28 seconds. Earlier, Ryan Lochte hung on for victory in the 400-meter individual medley final on the last day of competition at the swimming world championships, giving him gold medals in both medleys. American Tyler Clary overtook Laszlo Cseh to get the silver.
Michael Phelps ran down Serbian Milorad Cavic from behind again, setting a world record in the 100-meter butterfly with his finish in 49.82 seconds at the swimming world championships. After the race, Phelps ripped off his cap and raised his arms with defiance. Cavic, who led after 50, also went under the world record he set Friday, touching the wall in 49.95.
Michael Phelps earned his third world championship gold medal Friday night, but as far as days go, there have been plenty better. Phelps lost a lead-off leg and a world record, and was subjected to an unexpected verbal attack.
More rested, more motivated and more focused. Aaron Peirsol figured he might have been all of those for Friday’s 200-meter backstroke final after a miscalculation kept him out of the 100 backstroke earlier this week.
Peirsol didn’t merely go under the world record he set wearing the same swimsuit three weeks ago, he completely demolished it, finishing in 1 minute 51.92 seconds at the swimming world championships.
UPDATE: As Michael Phelps watched from the stands, Ryan Lochte got a chance to shine in an event Phelps has dominated. Lochte didn’t merely win the gold in the 200-meter individual medley at the world championships in Rome, he broke Phelps’s world record, touching the wall in 1.54.10. Phelps’s record set at last year’s Olympics was 1:54.23.
After failing to qualify for the 100-meter backstroke final, Aaron Peirsol sailed through Thursday’s qualifying round of the 200 backstroke at the swimming world championships. In other news, Amanda Weir broke Natalie Coughlin’s American record in the 100 freestyle, Ariana Kukors swam fast again in the 4×200 relay heats and American Eric Shanteau topped all qualifiers in the 200 breast.
On Monday morning at the U.S. swimming world championships, Michael Phelps announced he was giving up his experiment with a new freestyle stroke; Towson’s Elizabeth Pelton, 15, set a personal best in the 100 backstroke heats to advance to the semifinals; and another suit malfunction “exposed” backstroker Matt Grevers. But no world records were set. Meantime, Sunday night, Ryan Lochte left Phelps speechless with his choice of words.
On a night an astonishing six world records fell at the swimming world championships in Rome — unleashing the now-customary tirades against the high-tech suits believed to be behind them — the only final that did not produce a world record provided the biggest shock. The U.S. 4×100-meter freestyle relay team claimed an unlikely gold medal in 3 minutes, 9.21 seconds, coming from behind to, once again, beat the French.
Michael Phelps’s quest for six gold medals at the world championships in Rome almost ended before the U.S. men’s relay squad even got in the pool for Sunday morning’s qualifying round. As Ricky Berens, scheduled to swim third for the U.S. morning squad, bent over on the pool deck for a drink of water moments before the race, his suit — a Jaked01 — split significantly in the back. U.S. anchor leg Cullen Jones urged Berens to forget the gaping hole and swim for the team. And he did.
Michael Phelps’s hopes for six gold medals at the world championships, which begin Sunday in Rome, could be hijacked by four Frenchmen in very fast suits — unless coach Bob Bowman’s “surprise” plan works.
An unofficial analysis of last week’s U.S. swimming championships shows that 72 percent of athletes who reached the 26 event finals, and whose suits could be identified, competed in recently released versions made by Jaked, Arena, Tyr or BlueSeventy. Yet it was Speedo’s LZR, the acclaimed suit of 2008 that is now perceived as out-moded, that produced the most top-two finishes, about 33 percent.
Aaron Peirsol regained his second world record at the U.S. swimming championships Saturday, lowering the 200-meter backstroke record on a night Cullen Jones and Dara Torres, 42, set American records in sprint events.
He had already qualified for the world championships in two events; on Saturday morning, cancer-survivor Eric Shanteau took down a two-year-old American record in the 200-meter breaststroke.
Nathan Adrian claimed his second sprint title of the week, winning the men’s 100-meter freestyle final in 48.00 seconds. Adrian topped a field that did not include American-record holder Michael Phelps, who had withdrawn from the field Friday morning because of neck soreness. In other events at the U.S. swimming championships, Ryan Lochte won the men’s 200 individual medley and cancer-survivor Eric Shanteau earned his second world-team spot.
On Wednesday night Michael Phelps officially overcame a tumultuous offseason. He went two for two on his first night back of serious swimming at the U.S. championships, winning the 200 free in 1 minute 44.23 seconds and the 200 fly in 1:52.76. Yet Phelps was not at all pleased.
Reston’s Mei Christensen, 20, surprisingly posted the third-best time Wednesday morning in the 100-meter backstroke at the U.S. swimming championships in Indianapolis, followed closely by Towson’s Elizabeth Pelton, 15, who earned the fourth seed just hours after winning a spot on the world championship team in the 200 individual medley. Later, Katie Hoff made it into the 200 free final—barely. And Michael Phelps posted the fastest time in the 200 fly and 200 freestyle heats, but the top six finishers in the free were separated by a mere 0.28 seconds, suggesting a super-competitive final Wednesday night.
Just 15, Elizabeth Pelton of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club scored a world championship team spot with her surprising second-place finish in a stacked 200 individual medley field as NBAC’s Katie Hoff–who was once that 15-year-old sensation–didn’t make the team in the 400 free, an event in which she holds the American record. Now 20 and struggling, Hoff finished a dismal sixth in that event at the national championships in Indianapolis.
Great Falls’s Kate Ziegler withdrew from the women’s 400-meter event at the U.S. Swimming Championships at Indiana University on Tuesday morning because of the flu. Ziegler told The Washington Post that she developed flu-like symptoms last Friday with a fever that peaked at 103 degrees, and was so hobbled she did not bother attempting to travel Indianapolis to compete. She will not compete in Wednesday’s 200 and has only faint hopes of being ready for Friday’s heats of the 800.
Swimming isn’t just a kids’ game. Chris Stevenson, 44, proves that. The University of Richmond environmental studies professor holds U.S. Masters Swimming records in the 40-44 age group 50-, 100- and 200-meter backstroke. His swimming itinerary goes back to the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, where he swam for Greece, and to the University of North Carolina, where he went to school with the most famous Tar Heel.