Olympic record-holder Michael Phelps, who came out of retirement in April, is registered to swim in four events at next week’s U.S. national championships at Irvine, California.
Phelps, 29, is signed up for the 100-meter freestyle, the 100 butterfly, the 100 backstroke and the 200 individual medley at the five-day meet that begins Aug. 6 and is expected to attract almost 1,000 competitors.
Phelps, who has a record 18 Olympic gold medals, returned to competition in April for the first time since the 2012 London Games, ending a layoff of more than 1 1/2 years and saying he had changed his mind because he missed the sport.
The national championships will determine U.S. roster spots for the Aug. 21-25 Pan Pacific Championships in Australia, which in turn will help determine the American team for next year’s world championships in Kazan, Russia.
“This meet is a key determinant for representing Team USA over the next two years,” USA Swimming national team director Frank Busch said in a statement on the organization’s website.
Phelps won six medals at the 2012 Summer Games to push his career total to 22, also a record. He has said he’s not sure yet whether he’ll seek to participate in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.