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By Seth Rubinroit

Michael Phelps, racing for the first time since retiring after the 2012 London Olympics, cruised to victory, recording the fastest time in the 100-meter butterfly heats at USA Swimming’s Arena Grand Prix on Thursday.

Here’s how the meet looked from the pool deck in Mesa, Arizona.

Before the Race

Fans were excited to see Phelps enter the Skyline Aquatic Center:

Phelps took a break from stretching to chat with longtime rival Ryan Lochte:

Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps

After the Race

The first person Phelps talked to after getting out of the pool was Universal Sports commentator Rowdy Gaines:

When Phelps addressed the rest of the media, he was all smiles:

The Competition

Phelps attracted most of the attention in his first race back, but there were plenty of USA Swimming stars in Mesa, including Ryan Lochte and Nathan Adrian: