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Michael Phelps, Allison Schmitt to serve as captains of U.S. Olympic swim team

Olympic veterans, NBAC alumni Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt will be two of six U.S. swim captains in Rio.

Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt, two of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club’s best-ever swimmers, were named two of the six captains for this summer’s Olympic team, USA Swimming announced Tuesday.

It is the first captaincy for both Phelps, 31, headed to his fifth Olympics, and Schmitt, 26, swimming in her third. Both trained at the NBAC under coach Bob Bowman before they followed him to Arizona State last year. The two swimmers remain good friends and have each mentored NBAC up-and-comers such as Chase Kalisz (Fallston), who will appear in his first Olympics this summer at age 22.

With 22 medals (18 gold), Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time. After taking time off after the 2012 London Games, he's returning this year to swim the 100-meter butterfly, 200 butterfly, 200 individual medley and possibly a relay. In those three individual events, he already has six medals (five gold) in his career.

Schmitt has six career Olympic medals, five from 2012 and one from 2008. She’s a freestyle specialist, having won the 200 in 2012. In the same event at the U.S. Olympic trials last month, she finished fourth, failing to qualify for an individual bid in Rio de Janeiro but good enough for a spot on the relay team.

The other women’s captains are 24-year-old Cammile Adams, who won the 200 butterfly at the Olympic trials, and 23-year-old Elizabeth Beisel, a third-time Olympian who already has two medals and will try for a third in the 400 IM.

The men’s captains alongside Phelps are 27-year-old Nathan Adrian, a sprinter who joins loaded fields in the 50 and 100 freestyle races, and 35-year-old Anthony Ervin, whose first Olympic appearance came in 2000. This will be his fourth Games; he joins Adrian in the 50 freestyle field.

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