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David Guthrie

MESA, Arizona, April 19. NEXT week's Arena Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Ariz., will feature many athletes registered as members of U.S. Masters Swimming, and they will now be able to set Masters world records in their swims.

A request by Swimming World Magazine World Masters Swimmer of the Year David Guthrie set the gears in motion to get a dual sanction for the meet, making it off

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Vinny Marciano

CLEARWATER, Florida, April 20. VINNY Marciano wrapped up an impressive week at the NASA Showcase Classic with two more national short course yards age group records today. Michael Andrew, meanwhile, closed out his 13-14 racing stint with three more events

In a time trial today between prelims and finals, Marciano unleashed a 47.89 to remove the 47.96 swum by Michael Andrew in the 11-12 age

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Michael Andrew

CLEARWATER, Florida, April 18. MICHAEL Andrew turned 15 years old today, but was still able to set a national age group record in the 13-14 age group at the NASA Showcase Classic tonight.

Meet rules set a swimmer's age for the meet as their age on the first day, which meant Andrew was still 14 years old, and was able to knock nearly a second off his 100 fly record with a 46.95, split

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Phelps and Lochte

MESA, Arizona, April 18. MICHAEL Phelps will race in three events next week at the Arena Grand Prix stop in Mesa, Ariz., marking his first competition since the 2012 Olympics.

Today's release of the meet psych sheet confirms the report earli

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Vinny Marciano

CLEARWATER, Florida, April 18. WHILE Michael Andrew was the star of last night's competition at the NASA Showcase Classic with a national age group record in the 200 backstroke for the 13-14 age group, Morris County Swim Club's Vinny Marciano had Andrew in his sights -- specifically, Andrew's 11-12 national age group record in the 50 freestyle.

Coming in with a seed time of

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Michael Phelps at 2012 Olymic Trials

PHOENIX, Arizona, April 17. ANYONE who followed the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials remembers Michael Phelps saying the 100 fly final was his last race on American soil.

That statement will be rendered moot next week when he races at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Ariz., officially kicking off a comeback campaign that is likely to bring the Greatest Olympian Of All Time back to Omaha in 2

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Arena Grand Prixview Kids

PORTLAND, Oregon, April 17. AS part of its continuing commitment to growing the sport of swimming in the USA, Arena will offer local children and fans in the Mesa area an up-close opportunity to celebrate the famed athletes participating in the Arena Grand Prix at Mesa next week.

The youth-event, Arena Grand PrixView Featuring Aaron Peirsol offers local youth swimmers the chance to compet

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Michael Andrew

CLEARWATER, Florida, April 16. COMPETING in his final meet in the 13-14 age group, Michael Andrew kicked off the NASA Showcase Classic by lowering his 200-yard backstroke national age group record twice.

In prelims, Andrew posted a 1:44.02, taking more than a second off his previous record of 1:45.13. That was just a warm-up for what would follow in finals, where he broke through the 1:44

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Eugene Godsoe on keyboard

PALO ALTO, California, April 16. EUGENE Godsoe became the first American to be sponsored by Japanese swimsuit and apparel manufacturer Mizuno, and celebrated the deal with a performance of an original composition.

Though Mizuno is extremely popular in Japan, with several top Japanese swimmers signed to th

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Michael Phelps Bob Bowman

Guest commentary by Jim Lutz

In every situation, be it a team or a corporation, I believe that loyalty is the basis on which all foundations are built. Just saying you support the decision of those in charge is not enough to completely display loyalty. I have been fortunate to be part of great teams where everyone had the same purposes for the overall good of the team and no hidden

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Michael Phelps sporting a Speedo Cap

PHOENIX, Arizona, April 15. YESTERDAY'S announcement that Michael Phelps was making a competitive return next week to the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Ariz., has pushed ticket sales for the meet to nearly sold-out capacity, spurring swimming fans to scramble for any seat they can get to watch The Greates

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Jeff Commings

PHOENIX, Arizona, April 14. THE news of Michael Phelps' upcoming return to competition next week in Arizona is being covered by all major news outlets, and today, Swimming World's Jeff Commings was a part of ESPN's Sportscenter to analyze Phelps' road to Rio.

In the video player belo

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Michael Phelps

PHOENIX, Arizona, April 14. AS expected, social media went ballistic with the news earlier today that Michael Phelps' comeback would officially begin next week at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Ariz., after months of speculation.

Fans, journalists, fellow swimmers and even a Saturday Night Live cast

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Michael Phelps at the 2012 Olympics

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, April 14. USA Swimming has put an end to months of speculation with an announcement today that Michael Phelps is expected to race at the Arena Grand Prix in Arizona next week.

Phelps has been somewhat quietly making a comeback to competitive swimming since last fall, when the United States Anti-Doping Agency announced that the Olympic legend

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