Return of Michael Phelps, Presence of Katie Ledecky to Highlight USA Pro Swim Series

Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps by Patrick B Kraemer

The return of Michael Phelps from his USA Swimming suspension and the presence of Katie Ledecky will headline the upcoming Mesa stop on the Pro Swim Series tour.

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The return of Michael Phelps from his USA Swimming suspension and the presence of Katie Ledecky will headline the upcoming Mesa stop on the Pro Swim Series tour.

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Danjohnrob

It seems to me that Bob Bowman has a habit of putting his swimmers through an intense stretch of training culminating with some time spent at altitude in Colorado Springs, then puts them in a meet to measure the success of that phase. IMO, those very fast SCY times (some of which were personal bests for Phelps and Schmitt) were one of Bowman’s “tests”. I doubt either will swim extraordinary times in Mesa, but relative to other in-season times, hopefully they’ll be good. Regardless, I’m excited to see the US athletes again!

Bad Anon

Still wondering to what extent Phelps will be reinstated for the Kazan worlds, he could easily be fitted in all relays, an individual berth being the biggest question. Will Ledecky attempt a WR? And where is Missy Franklin? Perhaps we’ll see her in Charlotte or Santa Clara in the next couple of weeks

beachmouse

Franklin will probably wait until after the school term is entirely finished to do another travel meet. Spring semester already has a lot of missed class days for the NCAA set. I assume she’ll pop back up at Santa Clara near her current training base.

Froggy

I think Phelps could win 200m freestyle in Kazan…Would be a good idea to test this distance soon.

aswimfan

Did Phelps qualify to swim 200 free in Kazan (before his suspension)?

By the way, I think Kazan 200 free is between Agnel and Yang. (Hagino could factor in if he doesn’t swim 400 free)

Froggy

I think Le Clos if he participates can also swim a sub-1.45. The potential is here.

Italian fan

@Froggy,aswimfan; last year Phelps didn’t consider 200 free (he qualified individually to swim 100 fly, 200 im and 100 free for the Worlds2015), but now the scenario of 200 free, also in perspective Rio2016, is widely open.
A lot of great, historical names (Agnel, Sun, Hagino, Lochte, the aussies including – why not – Hackett, Stjepanovic, Guy, Vershuren etc), but none of them sure to swim a 1.44 low.
So (as usual) much in Phelps hands and his will to perform again in this distance (200 free).

Italian fan

@Froggy: Yes Le Clos is another name to add at the list.
Men 200 free widely, widely open

Bad Anon

Phelps qualified for 100fly, 200IM. Le Close is a 1.46s 200free swimmer. his large event ‘s schedule hurts his improvement over, 200free an event he swims on relay duty and mostly scm. Lochte not quite his absolute best ,Kazan will be a good litmus test for Lochtes SwimMac expedition.. let’s see how everyone performs in Mesa next week

Froggy

Thanks Bad Anon for those informations.

Froggy

Thanks all of you by the way ! 🙂

aswimfan

Italian fan,

Phelps has never been his textile best since 2007. How can you be confident he will get to 1:44low?

aswimfan

…Phelps has never been near his textile best since 2007

Italian fan

@aswimfan: I just wrote that the scenario of 200 free is, now, widely open and nobody, among the great names of the distance, has a 1.44 low for sure.
This, of course, is true also for Phelps, who swam his textile best (1.43.8) in Melbourne 2007, but also in Shangai 2011, after a discontinued year of training, swam a sub-1.45.
And in my opinion (even if it could appear strange for many swimming fans) 200 sl is, for a Phelps aged 30, easier to train for than 200 fly (not to cite 400 im).
Agnel 2012 (1.43 low at 20 years of age) was a certainty of gold for many years to come, but now things are changed and the gold in 200 sl is an open affair.

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