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Ryan Lochte & Michael Phelps are on track for a fast 100 fly this summer, but can they get past Chad le Clos?

Ryan Lochte & Michael Phelps are on track for a fast 100 fly this summer, but can they get past Chad le Clos?

Michael Phelps returned to competition at the 2014 Mesa Grand Prix, but it was really the Michael Phelps and Bob Bowman show. In the post race press conferences, the Olympic star and his NBAC swim coach were all smiles, enjoying every second of it. The two have never appeared so relaxed or funny!  Phelps is clearly back on track, despite his waffling about plans for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.  True, he only swam the 50 and 100 butterfly, but his stroke is there, efficient and as deadly as ever.

At the Arena Grand Prix in Charlotte, Phelps will test the 200 freestyle, but he cautioned that he needs more altitude training before we can expect to see fast swims.

With Phelps’ 52.1 in the 100 butterfly at the Mesa Grand Prix, we can expect a fast peak meet swim this summer.

Prediction: The 100 meter butterfly at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships will be the race of the year. Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will both go sub 50.8, but only one of them will get past Chad le Clos. 

What is your prediction for the men’s 100m butterfly this summer?

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Would it be possible for it to be such a great race between the three of them that we see 50 lows and maybe even a sub 50? That would definitely be exciting. I would love to see the 100 butterfly become a sub 50 on the regular but I imagine that will not happen for quite a few years. I would not have even thought of a sub 50 for awhile if USA swim stats hadn’t posted there 2016 medal predictions as gold being like 48.89 and bronze being 49.29.

Even without ridiculously fast times such as sub 50 butterfly, should be an astounding race between the three super stars.


Hey Sam, where did you see those crazy US Swim stats? I’d like to see them, but 48.8 to 49.2 is way too fast, sounds more like 2036. Could be one of them gets to 50 low this summer but my predictions are closer to Mel’s. Not sure who will win, but I’m worried about Lochte’s knee now, so I have to put him at 3rd right now until we get more updates about the knee. I know breast is harder on the ACL/MCL, so the IM is more at risk of being dropped, but fly can take some toll on them too.


LIquidassets, if you have a twitter account, do follow @usaswimstats. You need to scroll down quite a bit to the 30th April post for the 2016 medal predictions and times. I am not sure if they have an official web site.


Thanks Zanna, I checked them out. They’re all way too fast! Looks like they were done by some generic statistician who doesn’t have much knowledge about swimming. Even the bronze medal times are mostly at or below the world textile bests, and in some cases even below the rubber-suit WRs. I think my favorite was a 46.8 for bronze in the 100 free 😉 Maybe 2026??

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My prediction:
1. Michael Phelps
2. Lochte & le Clos (tie for 2nd place)
3. Can we have the Cavic’s comeback too?? 😛


My bets are against Lochte dropping 0.6s in one summer. :/ If he does so in a sprint distance, he should consider the 100back over the 200back, because that event seems much more open right now, and another 52mid gives him a better shot at a medal than what he’s capable of in the 200free atm.

I’d be surprised to see Lochte go under 51 this summer.

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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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