Michael Phelps to return from suspension at meet in Arizona

Posted: Updated:
(PATRICK HAMILTON/AFP/Getty Images) (PATRICK HAMILTON/AFP/Getty Images)

MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Michael Phelps will return from a six-month suspension at a swimming meet in Mesa, Arizona, next week.

The 18-time Olympic gold medalist will compete in the Arena Pro Swim Series that runs April 15-18 at Skyline Aquatic Center.

"My suspension is finally up!" Phelps tweeted Tuesday. "Time to get back in the pool and race again! Looking forward to (hash)mesa !!"

The Mesa meet was the first one Phelps swam in after coming out of a 20-month retirement last year.

Phelps' suspension, handed down by USA Swimming in the wake of his second drunken driving arrest, ended Monday. He entered a six-week inpatient rehabilitation program a day after the suspension was announced in October. He has since gotten engaged.

Phelps' last competition was the Pan Pacific Championships in August. He was arrested on DUI charges in his hometown of Baltimore in September.

The 29-year-old swimmer was also banned from participating in this summer's world championships in Russia, although USA Swimming has had informal discussions about Phelps possibly competing. Phelps qualified for the world meet in the 100-meter butterfly, 100 free and 200 individual medley before being suspended.

Joining Phelps in the field at Mesa are fellow Olympic gold medalists Katie Ledecky, Ryan Lochte, Tyler Clary, Natalie Coughlin, Matt Grevers and Allison Schmitt.