Phelps wins butterfly, loses freestyle race



AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Michael Phelps split two races in his final meet before the U.S. Olympic trials.

The 14-time Olympic gold medalist finished second to Jimmy Feigen in the 100-meter freestyle Friday night with a time of 49.05 seconds to Feigen’s 48.63. Another Olympian, Garrett Weber-Gale, who won two relay gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Games, finished sixth.

Phelps used his poor showing in that race as motivation in the 100 butterfly, roaring to an easy win in 52.02 that included a final 50-meter split of 27.25.

The meet, conducted by the University of Texas aquatic program as an alternative to the season’s final Grand Prix event in Santa Clara, Calif., is Phelps’ last competition before the Olympic trials in Omaha, which begin June 25.

Four-time Olympic medalist Brendan Hansen won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:13.54, almost 3 seconds slower than his winning time in the 2011 U.S. nationals.