Once again, Mesa, Arizona will be overrun with swim fans in 2015, as for the second-straight year, Michael Phelps will make his comeback to competitive swimming at the Arena Pro Swim Series – Mesa (formerly the Mesa Grand Prix) meet in April. The meet runs from April 15th-18th.
“I’ve enjoyed, lately, more than I really ever have being back in the water,” Phelps said. “I haven’t had that kind of excitement that I had in a long time. It’s just me feeling I guess like me again. I’m trying to build back a base again.”
Phelps is currently serving a 6 month suspension from USA Swimming after being arrested for DUI in September. He will be eligible to return to competition on April 7th, which makes the Pro Swim Series – Mesa meet will be the first major event after his suspension is lifted.
Phelps is in Germany this week speaking at a trade show representing his new swimsuit sponsor Aqua Sphere.
See you in Mesa, Good Luck!
this news just made my day. yippee! 😀
does anyone know when the online tix are available for sale? thanks in advance.
my call for today’s power ball: 04 😀
Already on sale and VIP tickets already sold out. Buy soon – https://squareup.com/market/mesa-aquatics-club
Are Phelps legal problems resolved now?
Last stop for Michael = Rio. Maybe.
Michael, i like what i am hearing. Enough “excitement” to maybe add the 200fly and 400im to your program once again in time for Rio?
Excitement I would say would mean him trying as hard as possible and potential world records in 100 fly and 200 IM but at his age a 400IM would be out of question. Just to demanding of a race for any age!
I think he learnt the lesson in London – where he was 4 years younger. No way in the world he is swimming the 400IM again in competition, and I hope he drops the 200fly as well. 200 meters races are for swimmers in their 20s (except the 200 IM).
Seliskar is coming in the 200 fly!
the more the merrier…and def 1 hella fun when we have MP in the race, agree?? 😀
Hogwash. There are elite marathon runners in their 30’s. When I swam people thought you were over the hill at 21 or 22! It’s just a mind set. Do you have to change your way of training? Probably yes. USRPT could work beautifully for 200’s.
Running and swimming are two worlds apart. Swimming works the opposite way: aging up favors sprinting. Just look at the average age of medalists in 200 races in the last Olympics or WCs, they are all teens or people in their 20s. Obviously MP can still swim a mean 200 fly but what is the point of struggling just to enter a final when you have been the best for a decade and have won everything? Plus, the effort affects your other races.
I cannot see Phelps swimming the 400IM in competition anytime soon maybe not ever. I am still not even sure why Lochte even attempted it at the last meet
Mesa is going to be humming!! I look forward to his return in April
At least this time Michael doesn’t have 20 pounds to lose before his new comeback.
Good luck MP and swim fast. No pressure this year.
hope he tears it up in mesa. cant wait!!! 😀
Bobo should not have to worry about the swim fans in Mesa being into the meet or lack of sell out crowd like in Austin. Buy your tickets soon!
Yes. But Michael will not in the water forever.
And talking about empty stands, I wonder why they continue to schedule a Grand Prix meet from Thursday to Saturday like in Florida next week. Why not from Friday to Sunday instead?
Thursday to Saturday allows for easier travel…not interrupting two work weeks. This actually makes attendance for those who have to travel any distance easier. People in the USA work, BoBo.
Do people not work on Thursdays in the USA? Seriously, why does taking 2 consecutive days off look better than taking the last day of one week and the first of the next?
Sunday: a day of rest, and prayer.