June 5th, 2016- Austin, Texas- There weren’t too many scratches on the final day of the Longhorn Elite Invite, but the biggest name on the deck did scratch the 200 Individual Medley.
Michael Phelps is off the heat sheets for Sunday’s finals in the 200 IM. He cruised to a 2:05.89 this morning and was sitting 5th heading into the final. That’s well off both his lifetime-best (1:54.16) and his best time since coming out of retirement (1:54.75 from last summer).
Based on his in-season swims earlier this year (1:57.6 at Winter Nationals, 1:57.9 at Mesa, 1:58.0 at Austin), it appeared Phelps would have plenty more in the tank to challenge for the win tonight, but it turns out the greatest of all-time won’t be competing Sunday night in Austin.
For a 30-year-old swimmer, swimming tonight’s race might have been less valuable than getting an early start on recovery and perhaps the trip back to Arizona State, especially with Olympic Trials just three weeks away.
- Mimi Schneider, 200 butterfly, 2:17.39 – 8th.
- Will Glass, 100 back, 57.4 – 4th.
- Glen Cowand, 100 back, 56.84 – 8th.
- Elizabeth Bailey, 2:20.56- 7th.
- Jordan Surhoff, 2:21.39 – 8th.
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