Phelps voted a captain of Olympic men’s swim team

Michigan's Allison Schmitt among captains for U.S. women's team

Allison Schmitt, Michael Phelps, Olympics
Allison Schmitt, left, and Michael Phelps, right, share a laugh as they warm up for their events at the Longhorn Aquatics Elite Invite swimming, Friday, June 3, 2016, in Austin, Texas.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Michael Phelps is in unfamiliar waters as he heads to his fifth Olympics. He’s been chosen as a captain of the U.S. men’s swimming team for the first time.

Phelps was voted in by his teammates, along with veteran sprinters Nathan Adrian and Anthony Ervin. Phelps owns a record 22 Olympic medals, including 18 golds. Adrian and Ervin are three-time Olympians, while Phelps’ fifth Olympic berth is the most for a U.S. male swimmer.

Allison Schmitt, Olympics,
Allison Schmitt in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (April 2016)

Serving as captains for the women’s team will be Cammile Adams, Elizabeth Beisel and Allison Schmitt. Adams is a two-time Olympian. Beisel and Schmitt, who is from Canton, Mich., are competing in their third games.

The selections were announced Tuesday in San Antonio, where the Americans are training for the Rio Games, which open Aug. 5.

During the U.S. trials this month, Phelps noted he had never been chosen captain by his teammates.

Michael Phelps, Olympic Trials, Rio
Michael Phelps swims in the men’s 200-meter butterfly final at the Olympic trials in Omaha, Neb., June 29, 2016.

“I guess no one likes me that much on the team,” he joked. “I just want to be able to help some of the younger guys. Just being able to help them just kind of stay in their relaxed zone, not get worked up because it’s the Olympics. It’s just another meet. That’s how I’ve looked at every meet that I’ve ever gone to.”



2016 Olympic Games in Rio

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