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Phelps: A fish out of water no more

  Michael Phelps, seen here competing in Santa Clara, Calif. in 2009, is back in action next week after completing his DUI suspension. Photograph by JD Lasica.

Michael Phelps, seen here competing in Santa Clara, Calif. in 2009, is back in action next week after completing his DUI suspension. Photograph by JD Lasica.

Michael Phelps will return to competitive swimming next week after having completed his six-month suspension for DUI.

Phelps will join a field that includes longtime friendly rival Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky at the Pro Swim Series in Mesa, Ariz. April 15 through 18.

After last competing at the Pan Pacific Championships in August, Phelps was arrested in September and suspended by USA Swimming in October.

He’s not on the roster for the World Championships in Kazan, Russia this August, but does anyone doubt that Phelps – the only U.S. men’s swimmer to post a world-leading time in an Olympic event in 2014 – will be there?

Just as does anyone doubt he’ll be at the Rio de Janiero Olympics in 2016?