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Michael Phelps was the fastest swimmer in the top seeded 100m butterfly heats and third fastest in the 100m freestyle at the Santa Clara Grand Prix on Friday, the first events of his third comeback meet.
Phelps clocked 52.57 seconds in the 100m fly, faster than the 52.84 and 53.26 in 100m fly prelims from his first two comeback meets in April and May. The finals session begins at 8 p.m. ET.
In the 100m free, he swam 49.99 seconds, beating Olympic champions Yannick Agnel (200m free) and Matt Grevers (100m backstroke) in his heat. It was his first 100m free in competition since swimming the second leg on the U.S. 4x100m free relay at the London Olympics.
Olympic 100m free champion Nathan Adrian was the fastest qualifier at 49.95 in a later heat, followed by Conor Dwyer at 49.96.
Missy Franklin was the top qualifier out of the top seeded heats in the women’s 100m free in 55.12 seconds. Franklin, who became the first woman to win six golds at a single World Championships last year, is coming off her freshman year at California.
She later swam an event she rarely contests, the 100m fly, and took 20th overall in the top seeded heats in 1:01.69, according to Swimming World.
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