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“Normally I’m very relaxed and very ready,” Phelps said. “Like Bob said, it’s probably just because I’m not used to being in this kind of shape or this kind of feeling going into a meet.”

Bowman suggested Phelps was nervous, which may strike some as odd because he’s the most decorated Olympian, with 22 medals.

“It’s not fitness, but it’s the knowledge that he’s getting up here against these guys who are on fire,” the coach said. “He knows what he’s done to get here and it ain’t what he used to do to get here.”

Phelps knows it, too.

“If I want to go 50-point then I need more - I need more training, I need more endurance, I need to feel more comfort with my stroke,” he said. “There are just a lot of things that need to happen. I understand that.”

Elizabeth Beisel bounced back from some earlier bad luck to win her fourth national title in the 400 individual medley and earn a place on the Pan Pacs team. She was under American-record pace for much of the race before winning in 4:32.98 - fourth-quickest in the world. She won a silver medal in the event two years ago in London.

Beisel slipped at the start of the 200 backstroke on Thursday and ended up sixth.

Maya DiRado finished second in the IM in 4:35.75.

In the men’s 400 IM, Olympian Tyler Clary pulled away down the stretch to win with the world’s second-fastest time of 4:09.51. He built a big lead during his specialty backstroke leg before defending champion Chase Kalisz drastically cut into it.

Clary regained his momentum on the final freestyle leg and Kalisz settled for second in 4:11.52.

“Chase was reeling me in like a cowboy,” Clary said. “Just to be able to bring it home, I’m excited. He’s someone who’s obviously very valuable to swim against.”

Kendyl Stewart upset Olympian Claire Donahue to win the 100 fly in 57.98 and book a trip to her first major international meet. Stewart overtook Donahue in the final 10 meters. Donahue touched in 58.03.