Phelps finds the positives in his last event before the Olympic trials

He's also a partner in Phelps' swim schools and works with his charitable foundation. The high performance NBAC group that he coaches will largely disband after the Olympics, with Phelps retiring from competition and swimmers like Schmitt returning to college at the University of Georgia.

The year off likely will go fast, says the coach whose career runs on a four-year Olympic clock.

"We'll pick up again," Bowman said, "in the second and third year of the cycle."














hird year of the cycle."