Bob Bowman is happy with the prelims of the 400 IM

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Justin Thompson

Tonight will be a good indication of where everyone is truly at. You can’t fake a 400IM and if Phelps nails it tonight that sets him up well for the rest of the meet.

I always forget (as a non swimmer) that for the coaches it is like WORK time at these things. I know Bob’s thing is he is mister cool but I would be like freaking out.

Is it too much to expect 4:05 tonight?

I don’t think so. I think it will be the winning time.

I don’t think so. Not that I am disagreeing much, but 4:05 is a big jump for both guys. It appears more for Phelps, but Lochte doesn’t have a cruise gear whereas Phelps does. Plus even though Lochte is a bit older, Phelps has more experience by taking it a bit easier. Phelps could’ve gone 75% in the prelim and known he’d make finals whereas everyone is going 100% trying to make finals. I’d guess Lochte was moving at 80-85%. 4:06-4:07 takes it tonight.

Justin Thompson

A 4:05 is probably a bit much for tonight unless they get caught up in the moment. I think both Phelps and Lochte realize this is just a stepping stone to the olympics and they have a long meet ahead of them so they won’t leave everything out there like they will in London. I’m also not confident Lochte could go a 4:05 given the type of strength training he’s been doing I think it’s going to take a toll on him.

I agree. Seems like Clary is the variable. Phelps and Lochte could swim anything under 4:10 and beat everybody, except Tyler. I think if Clary swims anything close to a 4:07 or faster, Phelps and Lochte will have no choice to swim a 4:05 to qualify, and I think Tyler is capable of it.

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