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Phelps had to rush home after the ceremony to be ready for jury duty Tuesday. He said he's actually been swimming more recently than he did in the months after the Athens and Beijing Games.
But these workouts are very different from those intense sessions with Bowman. Phelps will go on his own for a relaxing half-hour swim.
"It's been a time for me to get away from everything and have my own alone time," he said. "I'm still trying to stay in some kind of shape and stay attached to the water a little bit. It's been good to be able to get into the water when I want and get out when I want."
Franklin recently decided to swim at California in college and to compete there for two years before turning pro after the 2016 Rio Olympics. But first, she has to sort out her high school swimming plans.
The season has already started in Colorado, so out of fairness to her coach and teammates, she wants to make the latest of her big decisions quickly.
"I've had to make a lot of them, and to be honest I'm kind of tired of them, and I don't want to make them anymore," Franklin said. "But I think this is my last big decision for a while."
Her parents worry that if she opts out of the chance to swim for her high school, she'll later regret it.
"The hardest part for me is I really have no gut feeling on this," Franklin said. "In my past big decisions, I've had a gut feeling. Now it's hard because I'm really relying on other people's opinions, and there's so many different opinions that I have no idea."
Vollmer, the 100-meter butterfly gold medalist in London, swam for her high school in Texas after competing at the 2004 Olympics and remembers hearing the criticism too. But she knew representing Granbury High offered an experience that even the sport's biggest stage couldn't.
"It just felt like high school was my hometown. It was where I grew up," she said. "It was my friends that I'd had since kindergarten."
Franklin hopes to recapture that spirit as she makes this decision.
"I think I'm letting it get too stressful, and that's not the point," she said. "The point of high school to me is to have fun and enjoy it."
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