- Three-time Olympian Allison Schmitt, who used to train at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, chased Ledecky the entire race, earning a trip to the Pan Pacific championships in Tokyo in August.
- Katie Ledecky cruised to a nearly 11-second victory in the 800-meter freestyle Wednesday on the opening night of the United States national swimming championships. Bel Air’s Chase Kalisz finished sixth in the 200 butterfly.
- Michael Phelps, the swimmer who has won more gold medals than any Olympian, always wanted to make a difference outside of the pool.
It was a year for brilliant individual performances from
Whether we're talkingLast week at the Edgewood branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County, Michael Phelps reiterated that his Olympic career was "probably" over.Michael Phelps was in Edgewood on Friday for a visit to that branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County, where he paired with one of his sponsors, KRAVE Jerky, to donate $20,000 to help expand the Michael Phelps Foundation's "im" water safety and recreation program.Michael Phelps and Nicole Johnson shared details about their October wedding with Brides.com this week, along with photos and video from the special occasion.Phelps' journey from the last Olympics — falling out of love with the sport, hitting an emotional bottom, rebounding to enjoy fatherhood and a reinvigorated training schedule — has been well documented. But Schmitt's was just as painful. The five-time Olympic medalist fell into a depression so deep that she sometimes slept away her days rather than face a world that expected the old bubbly Schmitty.Phelps was in town for the Countdown to Gold Gala, a fundraiser for the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, where the record-setting Olympian has trained for most of his career.With Michael Phelps and coach Bob Bowman in Arizona, the North Baltimore Aquatic Club has entered a new phase in its decorated history as an incubator for Olympic swimmers.After a career of drastic twists and turns, former Olympic medalist and Towson resident Katie Hoff discusses her recent decision to retire from competitive swimming.Phelps surged ahead in the final 10 meters and out-touched Tom Shields by three-hundredths of a second to win the 100-meter butterfly at the U.S. Winter National Championships.Back in the pool and back out in front, Michael Phelps pulled away from the rest of the field with a dominant swim in the 200-meter individual medley on Saturday.Michael Phelps confirmed Wednesday what the swimming world had long assumed -- he'll try to add to his record total of 22 Olympic medals at the 2016 Games in in Rio de Janeiro.Olympic champion Michael Phelps is among seven North Baltimore Aquatic Club swimmers named Wednesday to the 2014-15 USA Swimming national team roster.Though he has swum four events since his return to competition, Michael Phelps will gain a truer gauge of his form this week in California where he'll swim at U.S. Nationals.Michael Phelps is set to return to competitive swimming later this month. The 22-time Olympic medalist, is expected to swim in the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Ariz., from April 24-26, according to a news release from USA Swimming.Towson swimmer Elizabeth Pelton finishes second in the 200 backstroke at the Phillips 66 National Championships and qualifies for the world championshipsChase Kalisz, a 19-year-old from Bel Air, took eighth Tuesday in the men's 200-meter butterfly final in Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis.Michael Phelps may have retired from competitive swimming after the London Games, but his coach is adding on work: He has signed with TSE Consulting, a global firm that specializes in working with sports federations.Michael Phelps and other Olympic athletes from Maryland will be honored at a celebration at the Inner Harbor Monday afternoon, after which the swimmer will be named an honorary captain of the Ravens at the team's season opener.The kids at Michael Phelps' pool, Meadowbrook in North Baltimore, treat swimming the way NFL fans treat football: They know all the swimmers and all their times — and they all want to be next.The exploits of Olympic swimmers Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt have been well documented. Here¿s a look at how the other athletes with Baltimore ties have fared.Allison Schmitt, who already has won medals in each of the three colors at the Summer Games, caught Australian Alicia Coutts in the final leg to lead the U.S. to victory in the 4x200 freestyle relay with a new Olympic record.Allison Schmitt, who already has won medals in each of the three colors at the Summer Games, has a chance for another one tonight: The training pal of Michael Phelps at North Baltimore Aquatic Club has been named anchor of the 800-meter freestyle relay.Another day, another shot at a bit of redemption. But this time it may be for Tyler Clary, the swimmer whose public dissing of teammate Michael Phelps caused a verbal firestorm as the two headed to the Games.