Michael Phelps on moving to Arizona: 'I get to be tan all year'

Michael Phelps, right, answers a question as his coach, Bob Bowman, looks on at a press conference at the Arena Pro Swim Series swim meet in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, May 14, 2015.
Michael Phelps, right, answers a question as his coach, Bob Bowman, looks on at a press conference at the Arena Pro Swim Series swim meet in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, May 14, 2015. (Nell Redmond / Associated Press)

Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps is happy for a change of scenery.

His biggest rival, Ryan Lochte, can relate.


Phelps confirmed Thursday that he will relocate to Tempe, Ariz., to continue training under longtime coach Bob Bowman. Phelps lives in Baltimore and trains at North Baltimore Aquatic Club but is making the move after Bowman was hired as the men's and women's swimming coach at Arizona State.

"It's going to be different," Phelps said as he prepared to compete in Charlotte, N.C., this weekend. "I get my Vitamin D year-round, which is nice. I get to be tan all year, which is also nice. But I'm somebody who loves changes. If we do the same thing in training month after month, I get sick of it."


Lochte made a similar move in October 2013, relocating from Florida to Charlotte to join SwimMAC Carolina's elite-level program and train under NCAA championship-winning coach David Marsh.

Under Bowman's tutelage, Phelps became the Olympics' most-decorated athlete, with 22 total medals and 18 golds. After coming off a six-month suspension levied by USA Swimming, he is training for the 2016 Rio Games.

Phelps called the move a new opportunity not just for Bowman, but for himself and fiancee Nicole Johnson.

"It's 12 months of being on the golf course," he said. "I'm not nervous about it. I think I'm more excited about it. It's sort of a new beginning."


This is Bowman's second stint as a college coach. He led Michigan's program from 2005 to 2008, while also coaching Phelps.

"I know what I'm getting into, whereas when I went to Ann Arbor, it was a completely new world," Bowman said. "On this one, I've had a lot more input on how things are going to be. It's a little more tailor-made for everyone's needs, what I need.

"The thing I'm most excited about is getting to work in the university environment again. It's kind of stimulating on all levels."

Phelps is entered in six events this weekend, and he said he plans to swim in every one. Lochte is entered in seven, but he will need to drop one before prelims begin today.

"I would like to challenge myself to see how much I can put on the line, how much I can force my body to hurt, and see what happens," Phelps said. "What do I have to lose here? Nothing."

In what Lochte calls "one of the best rivalries in sports," the two could go head-to-head in as many as five events — the 100- and 200-meter freestyle, the 100 butterfly, the 100 backstroke and the 200 individual medley. Lochte is the current world-record holder in the 200 IM, while Phelps holds the record in the 100 butterfly.

"We just want to stand up on those blocks and race," Lochte said. "I can't see myself retiring anytime soon, because I'm having so much fun. To me, what makes this sport so much fun is the racing. Just that excitement of going head-to-head with the top swimmers in the world, that's what keeps me going."

In the last meet in April in Mesa, Ariz., the two went head-to-head in three events. Phelps won twice — the 100 butterfly and 100 freestyle — in his first competition after the suspension for driving while impaired and speeding charges. Lochte won the 200 IM.

"The best thing about our rivalry is that no matter who wins or loses at the end of the day, we don't hold a grudge against each other," Lochte said. "We can easily go out to dinner, hang out and not talk about swimming, and just have a good time. Then once we get to the pool, it's showtime. It's every person for themselves."

--Associated Press


Lanier gives Morgan St. $500,000 for lectureship

Pro Football Hall of Fame middle linebacker Willie Lanier donated $500,000 to Morgan State, his alma mater, to help establish an endowed lectureship in business ethics, the university announced Thursday. The gift from the 1967 graduate will establish the lectureship in his name at the university's Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management. Lanier, who played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1967 to 1977, is a senior adviser at investment advisory firm Cary Street Partners in Fredericksburg, Va., and is president of his own advisory firm, Lanier Group LLC. "Athletics provided the means for my education," Lanier said in a statement. "Committing to this lectureship allows me to build upon the things I learned as a student in the business school and make a positive contribution to an area that touches all aspects of what we do in life — ethics."

Carrie Wells

Football: Ohio State announced that kickoff for its homecoming game against Maryland on Oct. 10 will be at noon.

Men's basketball: Deshaun Morman, a 6-foot-3 guard, will transfer to Towson. Morman will sit out the 2015-16 season, then have two years of eligibility. Morman, who attended Coolidge in Washington, spent the past two seasons at Cincinnati. He appeared in 24 games in 2014-15, averaging 3.6 points and 0.9 rebounds per game.

Men's track and field: UMBC senior Yao Adantor (Reservoir) is one of three finalists for the America East Man of the Year award, which recognizes academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership.

Baseball: Sophomore Mike Shawaryn gave up just one run over 6¿2/3 innings and lowered his ERA to 1.68, but visiting Maryland (35-19, 13-9 Big Ten) fell, 1-0, to Northwestern (17-35, 7-15) on Thursday. Shawaryn struck out seven to raise his Big Ten-best total to 115. ... Visiting Towson (16-34, 8-14 Colonial Athletic Association) lost, 8-2, to Delaware (22-21, 10-12) despite getting 10 hits, including three by Mark Grunberg. ... UMBC freshman first baseman-pitcher Jamie Switalski was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I South Rookie of the Week.

Academics: Maryland softball player Shannon Bustillos and wrestler Josh Polacek received Big Ten postgraduate scholarships of $7,500 each.

Women's volleyball: Washington College junior outside hitter Kristin Lee (River Hill) will participate in Beyond Sports' Costa Rica Volleyball Tour from next Friday to May 30.

Et cetera

Hibbert takes over as boys basketball coach at Mount Carmel

Calvert Hall assistant coach Hakim Hibbert, a former standout player at City and Towson University, has been named coach at Mount Carmel. Hibbert, 30, takes over for Tom Rose, who spent the past 13 years at Mount Carmel before taking over the Goucher men's program.

For more of Glenn Graham's blog post about Hibbert, go to baltimoresun.com/varsityletters.

Major League Soccer: Kofi Opare and Chris Rolfe scored second-half goals to help host D.C. United beat Orlando City, 2-1, on Wednesday night to extend its undefeated streak to eight games — its longest since 2007.

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