In his first meet since the Phillips 66 National Championships in August, Michael Phelps finished third in the 100-meter butterfly final in the Arena Pro Swim Series on Thursday night, the first stop on a seven-city circuit that's part of the buildup to for the 2016 Olympics.
Giles Smith, who attended McDonogh, won the race in 52.57 seconds, ahead of Santo Condorelli (52.58) and Phelps (52.99), a three-time Olympic champion in the event. Ryan Lochte was disqualified for a false start.
"It's very early season and all, but just to get a win, it's a pretty cool feeling," said Smith, from Baltimore like Phelps.
Lochte just shrugged and smiled.