finished third in the men's 200 freestyle at the Arena Pro Series on Friday night in Santa Clara, Calif., and was not especially pleased with the result.
"It's not really much fun watching people swim past you like they did," said Phelps, a 22-time Olympic medalist from Baltimore. "All I can say for the day is that it was OK."
Olympian Connor Jaeger overtook Phelps in the final 50 meters to win the 200 free in a personal-best 1 minute, 48.66 seconds.
"That was probably the fastest last 50 I've ever done," Jaeger said. "If you're looking for extra motivation there's nothing like diving in next to the greatest of all time."
But the night belonged to Natalie Coughlin, an Olympic gold medalist who set an American and U.S. Open record in winning the 50-meter backstroke.
"It helped having so many Cal girls in the race," Coughlin said. "I was relaxed and we were just talking and then all of a sudden they called for the race."
California's Rachel Bootsma, 11 years younger than Coughlin, finished second.
Coughlin raced 27.51 in an event she rarely swims, and nearly scratched after the morning preliminaries. She swam the third-fastest time in the world to date.
"It took a couple of minutes to sink in," Coughlin said. "I was really confused but it's also fun to be that surprised. All I could see is splashes and the sun is in my eye. I literally thought I was in third. I had no idea. Any American record, I'm going to take it and be really pleased with it."
Coughlin, 32, is keeping a strenuous schedule as she seeks a spot for the 2016 Rio Olympics and a chance to add to her record-tying 12 Olympic medals.
"I feel really confident right now," she said. "Everything has been building."
Olympic champion Missy Franklin finished third in the women's 200 free.
She also swam the 50 back, in the lane next to Coughlin.
"She never ceases to amaze me," Franklin said. "It was great to be next to Natalie."
The Netherlands' Femke Heemskerk won the women's 200 free in 1:55.68, while Franklin, who turned pro after leading the California women's team to the NCAA title, came in at 1:57.02.
Other winners included Yulia Efimova in the women's 100 breaststroke in 1:06.13, Daynara De Paula in the women's 100 butterfly in 58.98, Hungary's Katinka Hosszu in the 400 individual medley in 4:34.04, Cody Miller in the men's 100 breaststroke in 59.51, Junya Koga in the 50 back in 25.02, Tom Shields in the 100 butterfly in 52.22 and Gunner Bentz in the men's 400 individual medley in 4:17.73.
Men's college lacrosse
JHU raising money for Huber scholarship
Johns Hopkins announced Friday that it has begun an initiative to raise money for a music scholarship in honor of freshman men's lacrosse defenseman Jeremy Huber. The Jerm19Fund Scholarship will entail a piano scholarship at the institution's Peabody Institute as a tribute to Huber, a Las Vegas resident who had played the piano since the second grade and enjoyed music from almost every genre. Huber, 18, was found dead in his dorm Jan. 26 of complications from pneumonia and flu. The school has raised almost $45,000 for the scholarship fund. The goal is to reach $100,000. In an email sent to alumni and past donors, lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala called this past season "the toughest year" the program has experienced. "Touching the lives of those around him is what made Jeremy most happy," he wrote. "In an effort to memorialize Jeremy and continue to have him positively impact the lives of others, we have worked closely with the Huber family and university officials to find the most appropriate way to do so." To contribute or for more information, go to rising.jhu.edu/jeremyhuberfund.
Sports Legends to display bat, ball from 8-HR game
On Monday, the Sports Legends Museum at 301 W. Camden St. will display the bat Ryan Flaherty used to hit the Orioles' franchise-record-setting eighth home run of the game Tuesday in a 19-3 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies at Camden Yards. Also on display will be the ball Flaherty hit and manager Buck Showalter's lineup card from the game. For museum information, go to baberuthmuseum.org or call 410-727-1539.
Women's college basketball: Erica Williamson, who spent the past three seasons as director of basketball operations at George Washington, has joined Towson as an assistant coach. Previously, Williamson spent a year as director of basketball operations at Loyola Maryland. She played center at Notre Dame.
NBA: Suns center Alex Len (Maryland) was involved in a car accident Thursday in Phoenix but did not suffer any injuries, Paul Coro, beat reporter for the Arizona Republic, tweeted. TMZ Sports reported that Len, the fifth pick in the 2013 NBA draft, was driving a black BMW sports utility vehicle and that the other car, a blue Ford, flipped onto its side.
WNBA: Plenette Pierson scored 24 points, Riquna Williams had 22 and the Tulsa Shock beat the host Washington Mystics, 86-82, on Friday night. The Mystics had a one-point lead with 45 seconds left after Tierra Ruffin-Pratt went 1-for-2 at the line. But Pierson made a jumper and Skylar Diggins hit a pair of free throws to put Tulsa (5-1) up by three. Washington's Kara Lawson missed a 25-footer, and Pierson made a free throw with 1 second left. Emma Meesseman led the Mystics (3-2) with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Stefanie Dolson had 11 points and nine boards.
Minor league hockey: The Hershey Bears, the Washington Capitals' American Hockey League affiliate, signed their entire coaching staff, including head coach Troy Mann, to multiyear contracts.