Phelps is a man who has done it all, although during his illustrious career he’s never really tested the waters in breaststroke. Tonight he fell just short of a podium finish which would have made him one of the few swimmers to ever medal in every stroke at U.S. Nationals.
However, he did accomplish a lot more than just getting 4th in the 200 breastroke this weekend. As he mentions above, he broke the NBAC record formerly held by 2008 Olympian and Texas alum Scott Spann. More importantly, Phelps had a meet like we haven’t seen from him in the better part of a decade. He smashed world best times, his competition, and most importantly everyone’s expectations, I think even his own.
Like he has done so many times in the past, he redefined what is possible, and what we think is possible for the future. He continues to grow the sport and generate excitement in a way that no one else can mirror, and in the next year the anticipation for his performance in Rio will just keep growing. As the man said himself, it’s going to be a lot of fun.