ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Michael Phelps figured he would be swimming faster by now.
His coach believes he's right on schedule.
Phelps will get a final tuneup before the national championships when he competes in a special meet at the University of Georgia, featuring Ryan Lochte and some of the world's top swimmers.
Beginning Friday, Phelps will swim three events in three days, another important step in showing how fit he is since coming out of retirement.
Coach Bob Bowman says he's pleased with Phelps' progress and sees no reason why he can't eventually come close to some of the times he put up in the prime of his career. But Phelps is a bit miffed that he's not going faster, only now realizing how difficult it is to return from a long layoff.
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