Phelps Entered in 400 IM, 200 Back, 100 Free at Trials

  36 Braden Keith | June 19th, 2012 | Featured, National, News, U.S. Olympic Trials

In a great interview with NBAC coach Bob Bowman this morning, Garrett McCaffrey got a little golden nugget out of NBAC coach Bob Bowman: Michael Phelps will be entered in the 400 IM and 100 free at the Olympic Trials next week.

Coach Bowman wouldn’t commit to whether or not he would swim either event, but we now know at least that he’s entered in both of those races.

Later in the morning, the plot got thicker, as Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde (a bit of a swim buff himself) reported that Phelps would also be entered in the 200 backstroke, giving him a full individual entries at trials.

Back to Garrett, Bowman told him that some of these events could be for a “worst case” scenario, with perhaps an event thrown in at the end of the week in case the beginning of the week doesn’t go well. But with the 400 IM coming at the very beginning of the schedule, it wouldn’t necessarily fit into that category.

The 200 backstroke might throw some for a loop, but it’s not a bad backup event for Phelps either – His 1:54.64 in the race is the 6th-fastest time in history, despite him never swimming it at the Olympics.

Check out the interview with Garrett – we learned a lot more about the tapers of Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt than maybe anybody’s ever gotten in the past, and also got Bowman’s best explanation for why event secrecy is so important to him and his athletes.

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Jean Michel
4 years 1 month ago

Huge entries for Michael ! wowwwww

Andy Dixon
4 years 1 month ago

WHATTT? Haha this really threw me for a loop. Unfortunately I don’t think we’ll have any surprises once trials gets going. Phelps will (hopefully) swim somewhere around 48.0 in the 100 free prelims, giving him a sure spot on the relay. I think he’ll go on to swim well in his 5 individuals, giving him the same lineup he had in London. It would be awesome to see him swim 200 back in London – I think if he’d concentrated on it for the past couple years he could seriously contend for the gold (as his 1:54 suggests), but with 8 events looming later this summer he’ll surely withdraw from it.

Echos Myron
4 years 1 month ago

There is no way Phelps will go a 48 seconds flat in the 100m freestyle. In fact, he will be lucky to break 49. The guy is not a sprinter; his career-best 47.51 was achieved at the Olympics when he was wearing Speedo`s version of the super-suit. Magnussen will absolutely destroy him in the lead-off to the 4 X 100m free relay, and it will be beautiful to watch.

Is Phelps even capable of going under 23 seconds in the 50m free? I am pretty sure Ranomi Kromowidjojo would give him a run for his money in that event.

Chris
4 years 1 month ago

Since you’ve been away for at least the past couple years, Phelps was 48.1 in 2010, 48.0 in 2011, and has already gone 48.4 this year. When he’s fully tapered he’ll be under 48.

Andy Dixon
4 years 1 month ago

Ha yeah I wonder how long this guy’s been detatched? Phelps will definitely swim 47 something this summer leading off the relay, the only question is how low of a 47 he’ll swim. Of course he probably won’t beat Magnusson, nobody’s saying he will. The important thing is for him and 2 other guys to put the USA in a position for Adrian to bring it home, which will be a long shot but still possible, and a lot of fun to pull for.

aswimfan
4 years 1 month ago

I wonder where are now those people who only few months ago criticized me for even daring to say that Phelps would swim 400 IM.

newswim
4 years 1 month ago

I was one who doubted Phelps would swim the 400 IM in London, largely based on what it takes to get into form for the race and its potential impact, at age 27, on his other events, especially the 200 free. That’s no criticism of anyone who suggested he might. We still don’t know what he’s going to swim next week….only the range of possibilities.

Phil
4 years 1 month ago

He said in an ESPN interview after the Longhorn Invite that that was the last time he’ll ever swim 400IM.

joeb
4 years 1 month ago

i still doubt he swims the 400 im. maybe he wants to swim the 200 back to be on an even playing field with Ryan’s double of 2back/2im?

aswimfan
4 years 1 month ago

Phil,
After Beijing he also said he would never swim 400 IM competitively again.

It’s all on record.
google it.

john26
4 years 1 month ago

Still doubting it man,
I’d give it 50/50 at trials (which is far more likely than I thought just 3 months ago), and a fraction of that in London.

Precious
4 years 1 month ago

I still can’t tell if he’s going to swim the 400 IM, but from what he’s said in interviews, I don’t think he really wants to swim it. The 200 Back/200 IM double is tough, and it puts him head-to-head with Lochte in another event.

I highly doubt he’ll swim beyond prelims in the 100 free. The semifinal is right before the 200 Fly final, and the final is in between the 200 back and 200 IM semifinals, which would set him up to have a brutal schedule.

Rafael
4 years 1 month ago

Agreed.. I don´t think he also have the same “spirit” of 2012.. And 100 Free is an though event.. and With Magnussen Cielo Adrian Hayden Yagnel Roberts it is unlikely he would have a shot for medal (For GOLD NO WAY AT ALL)

SwimFan88
4 years 1 month ago

Alright. Call me crazy but imagine for one second that Phelps is going for a record 10 MEDALS (not necessarily gold) at a single Olympics. That would be something for the books wouldn’t it!

Swimmer
4 years 1 month ago

He has said in the past that he had no intention to swim 8 events again and that he wanted to do something different this time around. I suspect for London he will pick a different event, either the 100 free or 200 back and drop most likely the 400IM and 200 free. I hope he swims the 400IM it will make for an interesting duel with Lochte. For the trials I think he will swim as many as he can including the 200 back.

junker23
4 years 1 month ago

Might as well swim the 200 Back at Trials, he did back in ’04. Really doubt he’d swim both the 200 IM and 200 Back in London though – he gets a bit of a leg-up on Lochte in the IM thanks to how close those two events are in the program, no real reason to mess that up.

Kevin
4 years 1 month ago

Phelps will swim the 400 IM at trials, he won’t scratch. If he wins it in Omaha and comes within reasonable reach with the time he put up at ’08 trials, then he will enter it in London. If he gets 2nd at Trials, then Bowman and Phelps will strongly consider scratching the event in London and increase his chances of adding the 200 Back into his Trials program. Like Bob said on his interview, some of the extra events are implemented into Michael’s program for a “worst case scenario.”

We know Phelps will only swim the 100 free in prelims assuming he puts up an excellent time that will assure him a spot on the 4 *100 relay Final in London. He won’t be swimming that one as an individual event on his program, period. So, here we go folks, depending on how Phelps does in the 400 IM at Trials is what will determine whether or not he will enter the 200 Back and not scratch. Frankly, I would not mind seeing a 2 Back, 2 IM duel between Lochte and Phelps in London! But trust me, he won’t be swimming more than 8 events in London, and depending on how he performs in the 4 IM in trials, we might not be able to see him swim the 200 back at Trials either…

Jean Michel
4 years 1 month ago

@Rafael : if Phelps swims 100 free , it’s only for the relay ! nothing else ……..this is clear for months and months .

4 years 1 month ago

Phelps 200-400IM, 200 back?? I’m no swim expert, but realistically what events can Phelps BEAT Lochte in London………??

lv2srf95
4 years 1 month ago

All of the events that they are competing in together.

Andy Dixon
4 years 1 month ago

I agree, Phelps can beat Lochte in any event they’re both competing in. Regardless of who wins, the difference will be in tenths of seconds. They’re both the best in the world and very evenly matched. These trials are going to be a battle unlike anything we’ve seen before!

jim
4 years 1 month ago

They are both evently matched, but either one has the edge on the other if either one has a hard race 20 minutes before their matchup. For example, if Phelps drops the 200 Back, and Lochte doesn’t, then it’s very likely Phelps wins the 200 IM at trials and probably the olympics. If they both swim both events, game on, but both have a potentital to get beaten at the Olympics by maybe someone else in the world (I doubt it, but it’s possible). Remember day 5 is brutal with heats of both 2back and 2im and semi’s of both. They can maybe take it slightly easy in the heats but they are going to have go go for 95% of the races in the semi’s, at least in 2back because there is just too much depth. Neither would want to risk not making finals just bcause they shut it down too early.

Eric
4 years 1 month ago

Guaranteed that two of his “typed out goals” include taking back WR in 200 IM and 200 FR. Since the 200 IM WR is far more likely than swimming a 1:41:99 200 FR, he will not swim 200 BK in London. If he swims the 400 IM in London, will it diminish his chances to go after that 1:41?

aswimfan
4 years 1 month ago

Eric,

Phelps will NOT take back the 200 free WR.

Book it.

Justin Thompson
4 years 1 month ago

Agreed, the textile record he has a chance at beating as does Lochte and Agnel. That 200 fr at the olympics is going to be stacked and even better than last year. I think at least 3 go under 1:44 (Phelps/Agnel/Lochte) and then Taewan and Biedermann will go 1:44. I also think Yang Sun could crack 1:45 if he swims it.

Rafael
4 years 1 month ago

Sun already have 1:44:99.. considering his speed.. he is probably the only one (not now bot nor far away) than can take down the WR… the ability to split as he did on 1500 is something no one else have.. and I wouldn´t be scared is he went 25 26 26 25 on 200…

jim
4 years 1 month ago

Phelps is a sure thing to win or be 2nd in 200 fly, 100 fly, 200 free and 200 IM

He will likely race hard in the 1st heats of the 100 free and scratch just to get him on the 400 free relay.

He is no guarantee in the 400 IM or 200 Back, but the schedule allows him to roll with the 400 IM since it is a 1st day event..if he wants to do it. To me it’s almost better for his psyche if he does it with the thought – “If i can survive this, I can definitely do the rest” mentaility. 200 Back is much tougher to do with other events all over the place. while Phelps could possibly be top 2 in this race, i doubt he goes with this event at the Olmpics even if he makes it there.

This leaves Phelps in 100 & 200 fly, 200 free, and 200 IM + the 3 relays for a total of 7 events at London. That to me are the events he is going to go with. It’ll be a lighter work load for him, just as he wanted, but still gives him every opportunity to walk away with 7 more gold medals, another thing I am sure he wants.

4 years 1 month ago

Excellent stuff!

So you would say Lochte’s best two events for London Gold would be the 200 Back and 400 IM?….and no real locks for Phelps Gold?

I’m in an office pool and we have to pick each and every swim and athletics event who would win the Gold etc, relays do not count.

Reading other generic sites, (ESPN, Bleacher Report etc) they all have Lochte winning at least 5-6 Golds….seems like much more knowledgable swim fans here for sure!

Any info much appreciated………thanks!

KSswimfanatic
4 years 1 month ago

@Lochte Tight- Phelps “locks” for gold would be 100, 200 fly at the very least. In my opinion, I think that he wins both the 200 free and 200 IM should he choose to swim them. I believe that he will most definitely swim the 200 IM. 200 free he will probably also swim as well, but I hesitate on that one a little more just because I’m not sure what his plans are for trials and Olympics between 400 IM, 200 free, and 200 back

Andy Dixon
4 years 1 month ago

Lochte is an almost sure-thing for gold in the 200 back. Beyond that I think we’ll have to see how he swims the 400 IM at trials to determine if he’s a sure gold for london in it. If he dominates the 400 IM tonight OR if Phelps doesn’t swim it in London, go ahead and count on Lochte as a sure gold for it in London. As for 200 free and 200 IM, these races are going to be a dogfight. He and Phelps will definitely take 1-2 in London but there’s no way of knowing who will win right now (though I think most would give Phelps the advantage). In the 200 Free, some think he has a slight advantage over Phelps, but then we have a number of international swimmers (Agnel, Tae-Wan, Biedermann, Sun) who are going to make this impossible to call. Top 6 swimmers will probably be within 1.5 seconds of each other. As for the relays, the 800 free relay and probably the 400 medley relay are sure golds for the US, so I’d mark those down. The 400 free relay is an outside shot for gold for the US, and in all seriousness we’ll probably end up third. Plus, we don’t even know if Lochte will be on it (I think he’ll be a prelim swimmer on it).

bobo gigi
4 years 1 month ago

Some of you are a little crazy about the schedule of Michael Phelps and it’s the same thing for Missy Franklin. The goal isn’t to qualify in the biggest number of events, the goal is to win gold medals at the olympic games. Personally I’d prefer he removes from this schedule the 400 IM, the 200 free (yes I’m perhaps the only swimming fan to think that) and of course the 200 back and the 100 free. I believe the 200 IM, the 100 fly, the 200 fly and the 3 relays are enough for him. And for his last olympic games I think it would be good to not see him with a defeat on individual. He could focus on his best events and perhaps could break some world records. 5 or 6 gold medals would be good for the end of his fantastic career.

Jim
4 years 1 month ago

There should be a 4im swimswam trials preview!!!

cupofjoe
4 years 1 month ago

I believe Phelps will swim the 100-200 fly, 200 free and 200 IM at trials. He will probably swim the prelims of the 100 free for the relay spot. He is the clear favorite in both flys in London and at least co favorite in the 200 free. I think he is the favorite in the 200 IM becasue Lochte has the 200 back 20 minutes earlier. U.S. is favored in the medley and 800 free relay and has an outside chance of winning the 400 free relay as well. At this point 4 years ago the French were heavy favorites in the 400 f.r. After the trials it was probably even. So if all goes well Phelps could win 7 golds. If things don’t go well, 5 golds. Pretty good.

Rafael
4 years 1 month ago

CUPOFJOE

Things were better for US after Trials…

This time is not the same as 2008… Australia will probably be 1 second ahead of US.. it not 2..

This won´t be a head to head battle like 2008.. if Magnussen Opens he will probably be already near 1 second ahead of Adrian or Phelps.

Andy Dixon
4 years 1 month ago

Magnussen won’t be a second ahead of Phelps. I can’t believe how many people are underestimating Phelps’ speed. He’s been swimming the 100 great for the past 4 years without being a 100 swimmer. I see an opening leg of 47.1 for Magnussen, 47.5 for Phelps. Still, I don’t know that Adrian and 2 other guys are going to be able to pull it off for the US to beat Australia. Adrian needs to be within a couple tenths when he leaves the blocks to reel in the Aussie’s anchor leg.

4 years 1 month ago

Appreciate all the comments and info, thanks!

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