Phelps: The only time I went faster in season, I broke a WR (Video)

Produced by Coleman Hodges.

Reported by Robert Gibbs.



  • FINA A: 2:00.28
  • S. Olympic Trials: 2:05.09

Top Three:

  1. Michael Phelps, North Baltimore Aquatic Club, 1:57.90
  2. Chase Kalisz, North Baltimore Aquatic Club, 1:59.05
  3. David Nolan, North Baltimore Aquatic Club, 2:00.89

Michael Phelps led a NBAC sweep of the top three spots.  Phelps led wall-to-wall, holding off teammates David Nolan and Chase Kalisz.  Nolan was in 2nd place at the halfway mark, but Kalisz passed him on the breast leg and began to inch closer to Phelps, splitting 33.65 to Phelps’s 34.05.  It looked like Phelps may have intentionally pushed the breaststroke a little hard, as Kalisz continued to close during the final 50, but Phelps had more than enough of a lead and touched in 1:57.90 to Kalisz’s 1:59.05.  That’s not too far off the 1:57.60 Phelps swam in December, which remains the 3rd-fastest time in the world this year.  Nolan placed 3rd in 2:00.89.

Behind the NBAC trio, Max Williamson took 4th in 2:02.61.  Andrew Seliskar was in 3rd after the fly leg, but steadily lost ground from there, finishing in 2:02.86.  He had to hold off Gunnar Bentz, who had the fastest free split in the field at 28.32, but who couldn’t make up enough ground on Seliskar and touched 6th in 2:03.01.  Marko Blazebski(2:05.16) and day one 400 IM championship Sean Grieshop (2:07.23) placed 7th and 8th.

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5 years ago

Phelps messed up a bit on his own swim history. He actually went 1:57.94 to get the WR. Which isn’t faster than the swim he went tonight.

EK Swim
Reply to  Markster
5 years ago

I mean it is easy to forget your swim history when you’ve broken as many world records and have been swimming as long as he has

BayArea Swim
5 years ago

He will break the WR in Rio if not Omaha
1:53.50 is very doable.

bobo gigi
5 years ago

MP was in 1.56 at Indianapolis GP in 2012. But he swam probably much less tired in season at that time than this year.

Bayarea swim, I really hope he doesn’t break any world record at trials.
He goes to trials just to qualify. 51 low in the 100 fly/1.54 in the 200 fly/1.56 in the 200 IM are well enough to qualify.
Then time drops in Rio when it counts.

BayArea Swim
Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago


You may not want or like Phelps to swim fast whenever and wherever he wants to. But I will be overjoyed when Phelps break WR in Omaha and then in Rio.

5 years ago

Bobo, that 200 I’m time may be safe to make the American team, but if phelps only goes 51.low and 1:54 at American trials someone else may sneak in and take his spot on the team. My bets on he will go much. Faster though

Reply to  Jeahswim
5 years ago

Yes. No room for playing at Usa Olympic trials, and Phelps knows well that.

In 2008 OT, he swam a WR in an epic 400 im with Lochte (last turn and underwater in which Michael gained ground vs Ryan). Certainly, then in Beijing he improved all his swims, and I think that the target is always that: swimming at 90% at Omaha and at 100% at Rio.

About Bobo’s times, particularly 51 low in the 100 fly couldn’t be enough with guys like Shields, Conger and Phillips.

bobo gigi
5 years ago

I repeat that times around 51.00 (100 fly), 1.54.00 (200 fly) and 1.56.00 (200 IM) will be enough.
That’s not a prediction of his times at trials. I also think he will go faster in all events.
It was just to show that he doesn’t need to peak in Omaha. And his coach know that very well.
He has no competition in both 200-meter events. No competition for the 2 spots. I don’t talk about the win here.
He has some little competition in the 100 fly with 2 or 3 guys who can go 51 low.
Paolo, you said what I always say. The key for the Americans who want to shine in Rio… Read more »

BayArea Swim
Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

You can repeat as many times as you want, but if GOAT decides to break WR, he will do it, whenever, wherever, even in Olympics trials.

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Is Dressel better then Chalmers?

Tanmay Mudgal
5 years ago

51 low would be just about sufficient to qualify but the thing is that Phelps will drop considerable time at the trials and qualify 1st in both flys. Prediction for trials

100 fly- 50.8
200 fly- 1:52.8
200 IM- 1:54.5

5 years ago

I don’t know if it makes a difference but the position of the earth during the 100 fly final in Omaha is ideal for heighten awareness and spirituality. If the finals timeline is the same as 2012 trails, the 100 fly final will be exactly 13:30 local sidereal time. If anyone knows what I’m talking about, fist bump… 😉

5 years ago

Paolo, good analysis once again.

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