Michael Phelps enters 5 events including 400 free at Mesa Pro Swim, psych sheets here

USA Swimming has released psych sheets for next week’s Arena Pro Swim Series event in Mesa, and the big surprise is a somewhat heavier event lineup for returning star Michael Phelps.

This will be Phelps’ first competition since his suspension, sustained after a DUI last fall. The suspension ended earlier this week, and Phelps has long targeted Mesa as his comeback meet. Fittingly, this meet was also his first meet back from retirement last season.

While his 2014 Mesa meet was a very light event lineup, featuring just the 50 and 100 fly, Phelps will take on a much more aggressive lineup this year. He’s entered in 5 different races.

Though Phelps could (and probably will) scratch at least one of these events, his entries at least suggest events Phelps would consider racing during the latter half of his career.

He’s entered in the 100 free, 100 fly and 200 IM (little surprise on any of those three), but also entered the 100 back and 400 free.

Phelps toyed with the backstroke some last year, but the event is loaded in American swimming right now. Phelps is just the 5th seed, behind Olympic gold medalist Matt Grevers, Olympic silver medalist Nick Thoman, World Champs silver medalist David Plummer and former Russian Olympian Arkady Vyatchanin. Also in the hunt are Stanford pro Eugene Godsoe, California Golden Bear Jacob Pebley and Phelps’ old rival Ryan Lochte.

The 400 free is probably the most surprising event on Phelps schedule. According to USA Swimming, Phelps hasn’t competed in the race since 2009. It’s very possible he’ll scratch out, but it wouldn’t be completely against coach Bob Bowman‘s philosophy to have Phelps swim the race as a training event to improve his 100 or 200, where he stands a shot to make Olympic relays.

Outside of Phelps, almost all of the big names in American swimming will be here. Lochte will swim an almost identical schedule to Phelps (including that 400 free), but will also enter the 200 free. Series points leader Conor Dwyer will take on the 200 free, 400 IM, 400 free, 200 IM and 100 free.

Distance phenom Katie Ledecky is set to swim almost every freestyling distance: the 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1500 are on her schedule, plus the 400 IM, which is continually teased as a potential breakout event for Ledecky, though her focus is obviously on the freestyle races.

Women’s points leader Elizabeth Beisel is entered in the 200 free, 400 IM, 200 fly, 100 back, 400 free, 200 IM, 200 back and 800 free. She’ll have to drop at least one of those to get under the meet’s limit of 7 total events – the longer freestyle events seem likely possibilities. Beisel tends to swim those events for points and prize money when the meets are weaker in the distances, but with Ledecky and Lotte Friis both competing, Beisel’s best bet to maintain her points lead might be elsewhere.

Also entered is Hugary’s Katinka Hosszu, though there are no clues what she’ll end up swimming. Hosszu is entered in 14 different races. She’ll have to cut that number in half to get under the limit.

Several of the top swimmers from last month’s NCAAs are here as well. The biggest of those names include Louisville butterfly sensation Kelsi Worrell, Stanford sprint star Simone Manuel, Arizona breaststroking dominator Kevin Cordes and Virginia backstroking specialist Courtney Bartholomew.

You can view the full psych sheets here.

This is far from an exhaustive list (these psych sheets are absolutely loaded), but here’s a look at where some of the biggest names are entered:

  • Michael Phelps: 100 free, 100 fly, 200 IM, 100 back, 400 free
  • Ryan Lochte: 200 free, 100 fly, 100 back, 400 free, 200 IM, 100 free
  • Katie Ledecky: 1500 free, 200 free, 400 IM, 400 free, 100 free, 800 free
  • Elizabeth Beisel: 200 free, 400 IM, 200 fly, 100 back, 400 free, 200 IM, 200 back, 800 free
  • Conor Dwyer: 200 free, 400 IM, 400 free, 200 IM, 100 free
  • Tyler Clary: 200 free, 400 IM, 200 fly, 400 free, 200 back, 1500 free
  • Matt Grevers: 100 fly, 50 free, 100 back, 200 back, 100 free
  • Katinka Hosszu: 1500 free, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 fly, 400 IM, 200 fly, 50 free, 100 back, 200 breast, 400 free, 200 IM, 200 back, 100 free, 800 free
  • Lotte Friis: 200 free, 400 free, 800 free
  • David Plummer: 100 back, 200 back
  • Nick Thoman: 100 fly, 100 back, 200 back, 100 free
  • Simone Manuel: 200 free, 50 free, 100 free, 400 free

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weirdo
6 years ago

i didn’t see Ledecky in the 1500…..

weirdo
Reply to  Jared Anderson
6 years ago

Sorry Jared, just for her to be #1 and didn’t look down any further for her name. she is coming down from altitude so she might be pretty awesome at Mesa….not that she is ever bad.

swammer91
6 years ago

Ah I hope he doesn’t scratch the 400 free. I’ve always wanted to see him rock that event.

Lane Four
Reply to  swammer91
6 years ago

The last time Michael swam the 400 was at the 2005 World Championships. The newspapers at the time were merciless (in Montreal) saying that Michael needed a life guard because he swam the prelim so poorly. He didn’t make finals.

Phelps fan
Reply to  swammer91
6 years ago

Same here!

aswimfan
Reply to  swammer91
6 years ago

I saw him rocked the event.

It was not pretty.

roaree
Reply to  aswimfan
6 years ago

Note that he’s also swum a 3:46 before and seems quite conditioned now, so take these comments with a grain of salt.

weirdo
Reply to  roaree
6 years ago

how great of condition can he be to swim a 400? how long has he been out of rehab? 4 months? just guessing.

Justin Thompson
Reply to  weirdo
6 years ago

I think he was out of the water for like 3 weeks, but has been training for the past year and a half.

weirdo
Reply to  weirdo
6 years ago

so he was training while in rehab? country club rehab! that is good. we shall see in a week how is self training went.

Jak
Reply to  weirdo
6 years ago

I understand the 400 long course is a whole different beast, but he set a short course best time in 100 fly in exhibition a couple of weeks ago. If I’m not mistaken, his previous best time was set at about the same time of year in 2008. If he can take a chunk off the sc 100 fly that he swam in a lzr at a similar point in the year en route to Beijing, I think it’s likely that he may be ready to put up some performances that hearken back to the Melbourne-Beijing-Rome era of utter domination.

pvdh
Reply to  aswimfan
6 years ago

It always puzzled me as to why he was so bad at this event. He had a great freestyle in his prime sub 1:44 and 47 high probably in textile. He had the 400 range in the 400 im and always closed well in the 400 im. His freestyle stroke was a good style for the 400 free as well. he should have been 3:43-3:44 in his prime, but it was always weird that he was so bad in this event

aswimfan
Reply to  pvdh
6 years ago

See my theory below.

floppy
Reply to  pvdh
6 years ago

Michael Phelps briefly held the American record in the 400 free. 3:45 I believe. He chose not to focus on it because of the Olympic schedule.

Admin
Reply to  floppy
6 years ago

floppy, you are correct, he did briefly hold the American Record, for about 11 months before Klete Keller crushed it.

3:46.73 Michael Phelps USA 08/08/2003

Justin Thompson
Reply to  swammer91
6 years ago

When he was younger and even into his early 20’s Bowman would have Phelps swim at least 1 1500 per year for time, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he swam it in prelims and then scratched the finals. He’s not going to swim a 400m IM or 200m Fly, so maybe a 400m free would be a good measuring stick to see where his endurance is.

Lane Four
6 years ago

Someone is definitely thinking ahead to 2016 with mental and physical preparation.

TeeJay
6 years ago

Phelps swam the 400 at Santa Clara in 2009 or so.

Danjohnrob
Reply to  TeeJay
6 years ago

I remember that race! It was back when people thought Phelps was Superman and expected him to win everything he enteted. The piano fell on him so hard at the end I thought he was going to hurt himself, and I remember him saying in an interview that he wasn’t going to swim the 400 free anymore. I hope that memory won’t deter him from swimming it here, because it could give us all some idea how seriously he’s training.

TheTroubleWithX
6 years ago

I hope Clary actually swims the 1500. Would br interesting to see what kind of time he can throw down.

Pvdh
6 years ago

I wonder why adrian is skipping these meets this year.

MIKE
Reply to  Pvdh
6 years ago

Probably not too peak at this meets.

MIKE
Reply to  MIKE
6 years ago

To*

Danjohnrob
6 years ago

I’m really psyched about swimming right now, with all the World Champ’s Trials going on, so I have to keep reminding myself not to have too many expectations for this meet. I know the swimmers are in varying stages of their training and their times will be relatively slow; however, the psych sheets show a nice mix of US and international athletes, some of whom just competed in the NCAA’s, and many of whom will be competing in the myriad of championships this summer. There’s hardly a race on the schedule I’m not interested in seeing for one reason or another! The competition is quite deep!

Lane Four
Reply to  Danjohnrob
6 years ago

Yes!

aswimfan
6 years ago

I don’t understand how swimming 400 would help Phelps in his 100?
In his 200, maybe, but 100?

Because I almost never see top 100 swimmers swim 400 in competition these days. Not Adrian, Cielo, Morozov, Magnussen, McEvoy (who also swim 200, but never 400), Missy, the Campbells, Manuel, Feigen, Heemskerk (who is also a 100-200 swimmer) etc etc.

fatsmcgee
Reply to  aswimfan
6 years ago

Agreed. The only modern day exception I can think of is Sarah Sjostrom, who actually managed a pretty decent 400 in a random in season meet:

http://swimswam.com/sjostrom-swims-surprising-swedish-record-400-freestyle/

aswimfan
Reply to  fatsmcgee
6 years ago

Sjoestrom’s range is crazy and off the chart.

The only swimmer in the past 30 years that is closest to her in terms of 50 to 400 range is Franziska van Almsick.

Reply to  aswimfan
6 years ago

The major difference being Sjolstrom is in her peak… Phelps had this kind of range when he was younger.

I hope he doesn’t swim this… mainly because I hope he’s not training for it.

200 IM. 200 Free. 100 Free. 100 Fly. It’s a big schedule with relays. No need to complicate things.

aswimfan
Reply to  Hulk Swim
6 years ago

Phelps had great 50s? What was his 50 free time?

And I agree with you about Phelps not swimming 400. It puzzles me that Jared wrote that 400 would be in Bowman’s philosophy of swimming 400 to help with his 100.

Reply to  Hulk Swim
6 years ago

Haha. Back to the lack of clear definition of ‘range’… I was implying range in strokes/events for Phelps rather than range from 50-400.

SWIMFR
Reply to  Hulk Swim
6 years ago

Phelps’s best 50 free is 22.9

Not much faster than his 50 split in a 100.

pvdh
Reply to  aswimfan
6 years ago

ehh, her 400 is about as shaky as Phelps was in the 50s. She is not close to world level in the 400 distance as she is probably the top 200 distance swimmer in the world along with Missy. she is a fantastic 50-200 swimmer while phelps was fantastic 100-400. similar range

aswimfan
Reply to  pvdh
6 years ago

Phelps’ 400 free PB was as far removed from the then WR as Sjoestrom’s 400 PB from current 400 WR (percentage wise).

Meanwhile, I am confident Sjoestrom’s 50 free PB is lights years ahead of Phelps’ 50 free PB, whatever it was.

As I said below, to swim a great 400 free, you cannot conserve energy because you have to swim sprint from the start.
That’s why even though Ye Shiwen could swim crazy 400 IM, she’s pretty far from medal standing in 400 free.

pvdh
Reply to  pvdh
6 years ago

I dont know what Phelps 50 flat times are, but in 2009 ( I know he was wearing a suit) he opened the 100 fly in 23.3. i know that this was influenced by suit, but it came on the opening of a 100 fly and it was in the middle of a dense schedule. at his peak im certain he could be at this level in textile in a 50 fly, maybe even a little bit faster. Compared to textile record in the 400 free for women (3:58.57) and 50 fly textile record ( 22.75 for Cielo), phelps 23.3 is 1.02 times faster while Sjostroms 400 free is a 1.03 times faster than Ledekcy 400 free wr. its not… Read more »

pvdh
Reply to  pvdh
6 years ago

for phelps in the 400 distance, i was talking about IMs as well. for his 400 free, his PB is 3:47.8. Comparing to Sjostroms 400 free time, his relative time to the textile world record is around the same. And remember, he never did the 400 free at peak. His 400 im ability puts him into a a different class as far as 400m swimmers go.

pvdh
Reply to  pvdh
6 years ago

whoops i meant slower not faster for those world record comparison!

aswimfan
Reply to  pvdh
6 years ago

For consistency of comparison, I was talking about 50-400 freestyle range only.
Phelps has amazing versatility and range strokes-wise, but if you include other strokes for this discussion about 50-400 range, then there are many swimmers in the past 30 years that have such range, for example, Hosszu in recent years, or Lochte, or Hagino etc etc.

Heck, I didn’t even include Thorpe because his 50 was nowhere near competitive to final in a worlds or Olympics.
Or Park, who swam 22.7 and 14:47 within minutes.

By the way, Phelps 50 free PB is 23.85 and as far as I know he never swum under 20 in 50 SCY.

Also, I do not include shiny… Read more »

aswimfan
Reply to  pvdh
6 years ago

I meant to say:
“…..but in terms of 50-400 free range, he is great, but not among the greatest.

SWIMFR
Reply to  pvdh
6 years ago

Phelps’s 50 free PB is NOT 23.85. It’s 22.9.

When he led off the 4×100 free in Beijing, he was out in 23.31 !!!

He went out as fast in a 100 fly, too.

floppy
Reply to  aswimfan
6 years ago

Heemskerk can bust out a decent 400.
As for Phelps and Thorpe – they couldn’t do 50s, but did have moments where they went to 800/1500. Lochte was under 15:00 in the scy event early in his NCAA career.
I was always impressed with Ryk Neethling: international medals in everything from the 100 free to 1500. AND – held the 100 IM world record for a number of years.

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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