Saturday, April 25, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Phelps a bit miffed that he’s not going faster

Michael Phelps

FILE - In this June 20, 2014 file photo, Michael Phelps swims in a 100-meter butterfly heat at the Santa Clara International Grand Prix swim meet in Santa Clara, Calif. For Phelps, there's one last chance to get ready for the races that really matter. The winningest athlete in Olympic history will swim in three events at the University of Georgia, his final tuneup for the national championships in Southern California next month. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

By
From page B8 | July 11, 2014 |

ATHENS, Ga. — Michael Phelps has never been the patient type.

He wants to go faster — right now.

The winningest athlete in Olympic history figured he would be putting up better times by this stage of his comeback.

“That the hard part for him,” his longtime coach, Bob Bowman, said Thursday.

Phelps will get a final tuneup before the two biggest events of the year when he competes in a special meet at the University of Georgia, going against Ryan Lochte and several of the world’s top swimmers.

Beginning Friday, Phelps will take part in three events over three days, another important step in showing how fit he is since coming out of retirement.

In less than a month, he’ll be competing in the national championships in Irvine, California, followed two weeks later by the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia.

“It helps Michael a lot to race,” Bowman said. “That’s what he really loves to do. If he’s just training, it gets a little old.”

Phelps was not at the pool for the first day of the Bulldog Grand Slam, a short session with small fields for the women’s 1,500-meter freestyle and men’s 800 free. He was scheduled to arrive in Athens by the evening and be ready to go in his first event Friday morning, the preliminaries of the 100 butterfly.

Phelps will race the 100 backstroke on Saturday, followed by the 100 free on the final day.

This will be the fourth meet for the 29-year-old swimmer since he ended his retirement, but he’s still feeling the effects of being away from the pool for more than a year.

He left the sport after the 2012 London Games, declaring he had met all his goals with 18 golds and 22 medals overall, far more than any other Olympic athlete.

“When you take a whole year off, that’s a lot of time,” Bowman said. “We would always tell him, ‘For every day you take off, it takes two to get back to where you were.’ Well, by that, he’s going to need two years to get back to where he was at London.”

Three weeks ago at Santa Clara, Phelps took on the most daunting workload of his comeback by racing in four events over three days. He tied for first in the 100 butterfly, was second in the 100 and 200 free, and finished third in 200 individual medley.

That last event was especially frustrating for Phelps, who was swimming it for the first time since taking the gold in London. He led through the first three laps, but tired on the freestyle leg and was passed by both Conor Dwyer and Chase Kalisz.

Phelps’ time was 1 minute, 59.76 seconds, which was right in line with Bowman’s expectations.

Not so for Phelps, who once held the world record and edged Lochte in the last Olympics with a time that was nearly 5 1-2 seconds faster.

“It’s hard for him right now because he’s always kind of dealt in these real black-and-white terms,” Bowman said. “It’s hard for him to come back when he goes 1:59 or whatever it was in the 200 IM. I’m like, ‘Man, that was really great.’ And he’s like, ‘Are you kidding me?'”

Lochte is also in the midst of a comeback, racing for only the second time since tearing up his left knee in an encounter with an exuberant fan last November. The 11-time Olympic medalist returned for an April meet in Arizona, pushed a little too hard and wound up suffering a setback in his recovery.

Now, after a more extensive recuperation, he’s ready to test his knee again.

Just in the nick of time. After the meet in Georgia, the next two events will determine the U.S. team for the 2015 world championships in Russia.

“Hopefully I’m back,” said Lochte, who entered the same three events as Phelps as well as three other races, though he may drop some of them depending on how his knee feels.

“Once I’m in the water, I’m at home. I feel normal. I was not able to do that when I hurt my knee. That’s the only regret I had. But everything happens for a reason. I hope it makes me a better swimmer.”

 

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

Transportation leaders point to need for funding changes

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Together to remember children lost to violence

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
‘Cinderella’ carries on despite theater flood

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
3 letters to Vacaville may cost $100,000 to answer

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3

 
Church offers free Southern Gospel concert

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

Summer Spare the Air season set to start

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A3

 
Suisun City police log: April 23, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

Fairfield police log: April 23, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

 
Commercial weight loss programs come under scrutiny

By Scott Anderson | From Page: B10

Food often a conduit to something more

By Murray Bass | From Page: B10

 
.

US / World

San Francisco Catholics deeply divided over archbishop

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Colleges starting to offer brewing courses

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Hate crime charges for homeless beating suspect

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

 
Supreme Court ruling keeps sex offender registration in place

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

SFPD to pay for settlement of wrongful termination suit

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
16 students injured when school stage collapses

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Thousands march to mark anniversary of Armenian massacres

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Man ordered to stand trial for kidnap, rape charges

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Nuclear launch officers charged in drug case

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Hawaii raises smoking age to 21

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Rubio looking to gain support in Iowa

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Hep C, HIV cases spike throughout Indiana

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Obama uses hospital funds to help push for Medicaid expansion

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Police: Gray should have received medical treatment

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Italy police arrest nine terror suspects in sweep

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

 
Yemen rebels ordered to pull back

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

US completing review of hostage policy following drone strikes

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

 
.

Opinion

 
Chaos in the primaries

By Thomas Sowell | From Page: A8, 1 Comment

Joy of baseball back in my life

By Deon Price | From Page: A8

 
.

Living

Today in History: April 25, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: April 25, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Horoscopes: April 25, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B5

 
Daughters’ ex is determined to turn their children against her

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B5

.

Entertainment

Seriously silly, Monty Python reunites for a weekend tribute

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7 | Gallery

 
TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

.

Sports

Ynoa, Butler send Rockies to 6-4 win over Giants

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Vikings fall to Jaguars 4-3 in 8 innings

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1

After working OT in NBA playoffs, Curry, Rose can earn rest

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
SCC baseball team wins to claim share of BVC title

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1, 2 Comments

Dortmund, American Pharoah vie for favorite in 141st Derby

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Harden, Howard lead Rockets to 130-128 win, 3-0 lead on Mavs

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Olympic sailing events may be moved from Rio’s polluted bay

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Canadian Henderson shoots tournament record for LPGA lead

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Bowyer and Stewart looking for good runs at Richmond

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Oregon wins distance medley relay at Penn Relays

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Goodell: LA projects viable for bringing back team

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Former Buckeyes teammates Cook, Sindelar top Legends of Golf

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Swafford, Weekley atop Zurich Classic leaderboard

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Logano wins pole at Richmond, his third of the season

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Usain Bolt: Gay’s reduced doping ban sends wrong message

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Scott Dixon is chasing IndyCar wins leaders, not spotlight

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Ducking the spotlight, some stars decide to skip NFL draft

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Garber: MLS plan in 6 months to expand beyond 24 teams

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Signups for Saturday, April 25, 2015

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B3

.

Business

Harley recalls nearly 46,000 motorcycles

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
Comcast abandons Time Warner Cable bid after gov’t pushback

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6 | Gallery

Cheaper fuel has airlines soaring to record profits

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
Wynn Resorts shareholders: Elaine Wynn won’t return to board

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

Ford recalls 390,000 cars to fix door latches

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
Winners and losers of the demise of the big Comcast deal

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

What could McDonald’s do to fix its business?

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6 | Gallery

 
Durable goods orders up, but business investment falls again

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

.

Obituaries

Kirk Noonan

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Sandra King

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Elizabeth Cepeda

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
.

Comics

Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
.

Home Seller 4/25/2015

Ask a Designer: decorating with spring pastels

By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR1 | Gallery

Real estate transactions for April 25, 2015

By Daily Republic | From Page: HSR3

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage slips to 3.65 percent

By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR3