Phelps among those expected to compete in the Minneapolis Grand Prix

Betsy Helfand

A year after withdrawing the day before the event, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is scheduled to compete in the Minneapolis Grand Prix this weekend at the University Aquatic Center.

Phelps, a 16-time Olympic medalist, will be part of a deep Grand Prix field, which also includes six-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte, four-time Olympic medalist Brendan Hansen, and three-time Olympic medalist Peter Vanderkaay among others. 

Phelps is expected to compete in the 200-meter individual medley, the 100-meter freestyle, the 200-meter freestyle, the 100-meter butterfly, the 200-meter butterfly, and the 100-meter backstroke.

On the women’s side, 12-time Olympic medalist Dara Torres, three-time Olypmic medalist Katie Hoff, and Missy Franklin, a 16-year-old phenom who won the Grand Prix Series last year, are slated to compete. 

Racing amongst world record holders, Olympians, and US National Team members, will be members from Minnesota’s men’s and women’s teams.

“This is a chance to race against the best. My expectations are that we’ll do a great job standing up to that and racing really well and seeing where we are for this early point in the season,” head men’s and women’s coach Kelly Kremer said.

The Minneapolis Grand Prix is the first event in the seven part Grand Prix Series put on by USA Swimming. Phelps won the inaugural event in 2008, taking home the $20,000 prize. 

Preliminaries will take place beginning at 9:00 am Friday through Sunday and the finals will be held at 6:00 pm Friday through Sunday. Tickets are $15 per session or $60 for an all-session pass and can be purchased on site.