RACE VIDEO: Michael Phelps Goes 1:34.04 In Exhibition 200 Yard Free

Video courtesy of Garrett McCaffrey.

It was a big day for the Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday – the ASU men topped in-state rivals Arizona for the first time since 2002, and to top it off, Olympic hero Michael Phelps made an appearance, swimming a pair of exhibition races along with several other pros training out of Arizona State.

The first of those races was a 200 freestyle, which you can watch above.

Phelps battles training partner David Nolan in this race, ultimately winning with a 1:34.04. Nolan, the former Stanford standout who has moved to Tempe to train with Phelps, was 1:34.42 trailing Phelps.

You can check out the race video from the 100 IM here. That race pitted Phelps against Olympic backstroke champ Matt Grevers (who trains at the University of Arizona) and American 200 yard IM record-holder Nolan, with Grevers beating the ASU training parters.

Phelps told SwimSwam after the meet that these were his last competitive swims in the short course yards pool. Phelps will contend for another Olympic berth at U.S. Trials this summer, and plans to retire after the Rio Olympic Games.

Stay tuned to SwimSwam’s College News Section for a more full breakdown of the Pac-12 rivalry meet between Arizona and Arizona State, plus full coverage of the rest of the weekend’s college duals.

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masters swimmer
4 years ago

Awesome to have these guys racing exhibition at a college meet! Swimming needs more smart promotional events like this.

OK people, I am still waiting for the Phelps vs. Ledecky swim off in the 400 Free. Remember their times from different heats were an exact tie from last year in the Mesa, AZ (I think) Grand Prix series? That would be huge media event. Kind of like a modern version of Bobby Riggs vs. Billie Jean King. Now we just have to wait for the obligatory comments from the swim crowd that likes to protect the boring old and traditional ways of doing things that ensures the seats are half filled at best.

phelps swims 200 breast rio
Reply to  masters swimmer
4 years ago

Phelps vs. Ledecky swim off in the 400 Free is a great idea!

masters swimmer
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4 years ago

Thank you Phelps Swims 200 Brest Rio for your support. It frustrates me to no end how USA Swimming, NCAA, and corporate sponsors don’t capitalize on opportunities to better promote our sport. Can you imagine the media frenzy that would be created by a Phelps vs Ledecky 400 swim off? It would make national headlines and probably live major network TV coverage. Donate all proceeds to charity. Think of the publicity Aquasphere would get from this event. We have exciting races, beautiful and interesting athletes, and TV friendly venues. And what do we get? Boring coverage and empty stadiums. Don’t believe me? OK, then watch the next time you see a Grand Prix or college meet watch the weak, 15… Read more »

4 years ago

Great to see such a huge crowd. Last time I saw that turnout for a ASU swim meet at Mona Plummer was in the late 80’s when ASU swam an exhibition against the US National team. Go Devils!

4 years ago

Phelps’ turnover is soooo sloooow. Then he notices Nolan’s catching him.

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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