Michael Phelps tunes up for return in Texas exhibition

Michael Phelps swims the 100 meter butterfly fly before the American Short Course Championships got underway at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center on Friday evening March 6, 2015. Phelps swam a time of 44.91 seconds, his best time ever in the 100 meter short course butterfly, but it will not go on record because of his current suspension from USA Swimming. (AP Photo/The Daily Texan, Daulton Venglar)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With a month to go until his six-month suspension for a second drunken driving arrest ends, Michael Phelps is getting in some racing — even if it's just an exhibition.

Phelps swam the 100-yard butterfly in 44.91 seconds Friday before the American Short Course Championships got underway. It was the first time the 18-time Olympic champion had gone under 45 seconds in the event. His previous best was 45.40 in 2008 at a Grand Prix meet. If his time had counted, it would have been good enough for 10th-fastest ever.

Phelps swam the 200 individual medley Thursday, clocking an unofficial time of 1:40.84, which would have been seventh-quickest ever. He swam his events before the start of the evening finals.

His 200 IM effort was his second-fastest ever, behind the 1:40.58 he swam in 2010.

Phelps' suspension handed down by USA Swimming ends April 6. He is expected to compete for the first time in a meet in Arizona from April 15-18.

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