2015 Michael Phelps Predictions for U.S. Nationals: Gold Medal Minute Presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

Michael Phelps‘ return to competition was hyped by the launch of his MP brand, designed by Aqua Sphere. While any competition with Phelps is exciting, the Mesa meet proved to be more of a mid-season testing ground.

Phelps looked fit, strong, and he was clearly training-through Mesa. Coach Bob Bowman said he’d been making him work, and — compared to last year — Phelps actually has a real base from which to develop. Phelps echoed Bowman’s thoughts, saying he was essentially tapered all last year. “I swam the same time over and over” (re: 100 fly), Phelps laughed.

With little to go on this early in the season, let’s go for it.  Let’s play the Phelps prediction game. Last year I made bold predictions and I’m sticking with them. Call it blind positivity or a glass-half-full mentality, but I think Phelps will add more than medals to his storied history between now and next year. I think he’ll inch toward new world records, and I believe he’s got a great 100 free in him, one we have never witnessed.

WHAT WE KNOW

Phelps is not training for the 400 IM. That should help his speed, and we know (from Mesa) he’s going to be training more 200 fly in practice, but only for his 100 fly stroke, stroke-count and feel. These are all positive signs.

MEL PREDICTIONS FOR U.S. Nationals

100m butterfly – 50.49

100m freestyle – 47.87

200m IM – 1:54.9

***I think the times above are a mere step toward 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, and SwimSwam will play the prediction game for Olympic Trials as early as December of this year. 

What are your Michael Phelps predictions for the U.S. Nationals? 

This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.com, a Swimming News website.

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Billabong

I am going a little slower:
100 Fly: 50.75
100 Fr: 48.0
200 IM : 1:55.5

He does look like he is in very good condition. Grant Hackett’s brilliant comeback has eased my fears about the decline than comes with age. If he is super motivated he will probably hit Mel’s times!

Crannman

Going to predict a 50.9 in the 100m fly , 48.2 in the 100m freestyle and a 1:55.8 in the 200m I.M

bobo gigi

Mel, you are too often a little bit too optimistic about your time predictions. 🙂
But I can’t blame you. I did the same a few years ago. I’m wiser now.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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