Michael Phelps continues to lengthen his event ranges post-comeback, entering the 200 butterfly at the Arena Pro Swim Series Charlotte meet. Barring a scratch, that would be Phelps’ first 200 fly since the London 2012 Olympics.
Phelps, of course, swam the 400 free at the Mesa stop of the Arena Pro Swim Series, and with the reputations of him and coach Bob Bowman to be aggressive with swimming longer races at mid-season meets, it seems very likely we’ll see Phelps go through with his 200 fly entry.
The decorated Olympian is entered in 6 different races over the three-day meet: the 100 and 200 flys, the 100 and 200 frees, the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke.
Beyond Phelps, this meet is absolutely loaded with big names. Ryan Lochte is entered in 8 different races, though he’ll have to drop at least one to get under the Pro Swim Series cap of 7. The meet takes place right in Lochte’s backyard, and a number of his SwimMAC teammates will be joining him, including Tyler Clary, Ariana Vanderpool-Wallace, Micah Lawrence and Katie Meili.
Series points leader Conor Dwyer of Trojan will look to hold off Clary on the men’s side. Dwyer is entered in 5 races – both IMs and the 100, 200 and 400 frees. Clary, meanwhile, is in 4 different races: the 200 free, fly and back, plus the 400 IM.
On the women’s side, Elizabeth Beisel leads the points, and, as has been her strategy all year, entered herself in more events than she can swim, and can choose her entries based on the competition. Beisel is in 8 events, including the 400 and 800 free, which are underrated scoring threats for the well-known IMer.
Beisel will look to hold off last year’s points winner Katinka Hosszu, who leads the field with no less than 17 event entries. Hosszu will have to cut that number in half and then some to get under the cap, but will have her pick of events to maximize her cash earnings.
The Charlotte stop of the Arena Pro Swim Series begins next Thursday, May 14th at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center, and runs through Sunday, May 17th.