Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin finish Santa Clara meet with differing results


Michael Phelps won two of his five events at a Pro Swim Series meet in Santa Clara, Calif., this weekend, capping the competition with a 200m individual medley victory Sunday.

Missy Franklin went winless in five events in her first meet since the NCAA Championships in March.

Santa Clara marked the biggest meet between now and the World Championships in Kazan, Russia, that start Aug. 2. Phelps will not swim at the World Championships as part of punishment for his September DUI arrest.

On Sunday, Phelps won the 200m individual medley in 1:59.39, his fastest time in that event this year and ranking 18th fastest in the world for 2015. Phelps, the three-time reigning Olympic 200m IM champion, swam it in 1:56.04 in 2014 to rank third in the world.

Phelps also finished ninth in the nine-man 200m backstroke, an event he rarely swims at the international level. Rising California junior Ryan Murphy won that race in 1:57.06, adding to his 100m back victory Saturday.

Phelps won the 200m butterfly on Saturday to snap a six-race winless streak. In his last meet in Charlotte in May, Phelps finished no better than third in all of his races for the first time since the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

“I’m happy where I am now,” Phelps told media in Santa Clara. “I’m happy I’m finishing races like I have.”

Phelps said he will head to Colorado for altitude training on Monday for three weeks and next compete in a smaller meet in July before he heads to the U.S. Championships in San Antonio, Aug. 6-10.

Franklin, a four-time 2012 Olympic champion, placed third in the 200m backstroke and sixth in the 100m freestyle Sunday. She had finished third in the 100m back Saturday and third in the 200m freestyle and eighth in the 50m back Friday.

“A lot of mixed feelings,” said Franklin, who doesn’t think she will compete again before Worlds. “I haven’t raced this tired in a long time [due to hard training] … All my strokes felt really strong and powerful. There just wasn’t a whole lot of speed there, which, I guess, is right where I want to be right now going into Worlds.”

Franklin was beaten in both backstrokes by Hungary’s FINA Swimmer of the Year Katinka Hosszu, who capped a five-win meet with 200m IM and 200m back victories Sunday.

Hosszu, nicknamed the “Iron Lady” for her heavy workloads, won 14 of her 21 races over the last three Pro Swim Series meets in Mesa, Ariz., Charlotte, N.C., and Santa Clara, setting her up well for the World Championships.

The Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk followed her 200m free win Friday by taking the 100m free Sunday in 53.64. Heemskerk and Australian Cate Campbell are the only women to break 53 seconds this year, both going 52.69 in April.

World silver medalist Lotte Friis of Denmark won the women’s 800m free in 8:25.33, well off Olympic and World champion Katie Ledecky‘s 8:11.21 from January. Nobody has been within 10 seconds of Ledecky’s best time this year.

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