American swimmer Michael Phelps will try to continue his phenomenal performance at last month's World Championships in Spain, when the United States Championships open in College Park, Maryland, on Tuesday.
The 18-year-old from nearby Baltimore set five world records at the world championships in Barcelona, capturing three individual gold medals and two silvers to outshine Australian star Ian Thorpe.
Phelps is entered in the 400-meter freestyle and 200-meter freestyle, backstroke and individual medley at the five-day U.S. meet. At the worlds, Phelps captured world titles in the 200-meter butterfly and 200 and 400-meter individual medleys, as well as silver in the 100-meter butterfly and 4x200-meter freestyle relay.
Comparisons to Mark Spitz already follow Phelps, who could challenge Spitz's Olympic record seven gold medals from the 1972 Games when he competes at the summer Olympics next year in Athens.