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Making a splash: Michael Phelps to swim during Arizona State University’s Senior Day

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

PHOENIX — Looks like Arizona State University’s senior swimmers will have some competition on their Senior Day.

Michael Phelps, 22-time Olympic medalist, will be one of the Olympians swimming in exhibition events during 15- and 20-minute breaks during the Sun Devils’ Senior Day meet on Feb. 6, according to a press release.

Phelps will join 6-time Olympic medalist Allison Schmitt and other Olympians during the meet against rival school University of Arizona, Arizona State head swimming coach Bob Bowman said.

“We’re definitely thrilled that Michael, Allison and others were willing to donate their time and show their talent in the pool,” he said in the release. “However, the big picture is our meet with U of A, highlighting our senior student-athletes and progressing from this meet into the championship season.”

This will not be Phelps’ and Schmitt’s first time swimming at the university’s Mona Plummer Aquatic Center; The Olympians used the complex as a training hub for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.

Bowman, who was hired as coach in 2015, announced in December that Phelps would come on as a volunteer assistant coach during the 2016-2017 swim season.

Phelps has made quite the splash at the university lately, most notably when he participated in the Curtain of Distraction on Thursday, baring it all to help the Sun Devils beat Oregon State 86-68.

The meet will honor senior Sun Devil swimmers Hunter Atha, Thibaut Capitaine, Sean Kao, Kyle Sockwell, Juan Tolosa, Jamie Friderichs, Jennifer Morgan and Marina Spadoni.

Admission to the Senior Day meet is free. The meet will start at 1 p.m. Arizona time.

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