Phelps, teammates to get down time Down Under

Light schedule planned before training resumes

FINA World Cup notebook

Swimming

November 30, 2003|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

MELBOURNE, Australia - Michael Phelps didn't have the chance to be a "Junebug." He will, however, have the opportunity to be a "Schoolie."

When Phelps graduated from Towson High in the spring, there wasn't time to join his classmates and thousands like them for a week at the beach. There was work to do, training that made him the hottest swimmer in the world.

No worries. It's late spring here, secondary schools are holding commencement exercises, and graduates - Schoolies - are flocking to the Gold Coast. Phelps won't head as far tomorrow when he flies to Sydney, but he will spend the week in one of its renowned suburbs, Manly.

Phelps and four teammates from the North Baltimore Aquatic Club will have a few days of light work there before resuming serious training at the Andrew "Boy" Charlton Pool. Bondi is the more famous of Sydney's beach resorts, but Manly will do fine. It mixes a little of Ocean City kitsch with Tasman Sea splendor.

"I'll give them a few days of down time there," NBAC coach Bob Bowman said.

Clements ailing

In August, when Phelps lowered the world record in the 200-meter individual medley for the third time, training partner Kevin Clements became the third-fastest man ever in that event. Last night, Clements was second to Phelps, in 1 minute, 56.71 seconds. He earned second-place prize money of $1,000.

The fish he had for dinner led to food poisoning, and Clements spent this morning back at his hotel.

The former Auburn star wants to create his own identity, but like Phelps, he wore headphones onto the deck for the 200 IM last night.

Briefly

Competing for the first time since Friday, Australian star Ian Thorpe qualified seventh in the 50 freestyle. ... Phelps led qualifying this morning in the 100 butterfly, in 52.24. ... NBAC teammate Jamie Barone made his first World Cup final last night, finishing sixth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.89. ... Timonium's Emily Goetsch was seventh in the 100 butterfly in 28.19, and Marianne Limpert was fifth in the 100 IM, in 1:02.28.

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