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(AP Photo/David Goldman). Michael Phelps, left, leads Ryan Lochte, right, in the final lap to win the men's 100-meter backstroke at the Bulldog Grand Slam swim meet at the University of Georgia, Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman). Michael Phelps, left, leads Ryan Lochte, right, in the final lap to win the men's 100-meter backstroke at the Bulldog Grand Slam swim meet at the University of Georgia, Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Athens, Ga.
(AP Photo/David Goldman) (AP Photo/David Goldman)
(AP Photo/David Goldman). Ryan Lochte, right, talks with Michael Phelps, left, after Phelps beat Lochte to win the men's 100-meter backstroke at the Bulldog Grand Slam swim meet at the University of Georgia, Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman). Ryan Lochte, right, talks with Michael Phelps, left, after Phelps beat Lochte to win the men's 100-meter backstroke at the Bulldog Grand Slam swim meet at the University of Georgia, Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Athens, Ga.
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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - For the second consecutive night, Michael Phelps saw a number he liked.

Phelps won the 100-meter backstroke on Saturday at the Bulldog Grand Slam, edging Ryan Lochte in another encouraging performance in his comeback.

Phelps, who retired after the last Olympics and stayed away from the pool for more than a year, finished in 53.88 seconds. Lochte was second at 54.40, and Olympian Tyler Clary finished third in 55.41.

"I just wanted to break 54, to be honest," said Phelps, the winner of 18 golds and 22 medals overall - far more than any other Olympic athlete. "My best time is 53.01 from 2007 and it's something I haven't swam that that many times. I wanted to take it out a little faster and be as close to an even split as I could, but towards the end it hurt a lot. To be 53.88 now, I'm very pleased."

This is the first meet for Lochte since he reinjured his surgically repaired left knee at the Mesa Grand Prix in April. He also lost to Phelps on Friday night, grabbing second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.08 seconds that was well off Phelps' winning swim of 51.67.

The hastily arranged event on the University of Georgia campus gives some of the top swimmers on the East Coast a chance to swim one more time competitively before the next month's national championships in Irvine, California.

The results from nationals, as well as the Pan Pacific Championships being held in Australia later in August, will determine the U.S. team for the 2015 world championships.

"Anytime I have a chance to get into the water and race after taking two years off is a good thing," Phelps said. "It's all about getting in rhythm and racing - that's what I've always enjoyed about the sport. And having another race under my belt is nice."

Lochte gets another shot at Phelps when the two compete in the 100 freestyle on Sunday. Lochte also is scheduled for the 200 individual medley and the 200 backstroke on Sunday.

Chase Kalisz, Phelps' teammate with the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, also had a nice Saturday, winning the 200 butterfly in a personal best time of 1 minute, 58.09 seconds. About an hour later, he finished second to Georgia teammate Nicholas Fink in the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:15.30.

"(The 200 butterfly) just hasn't been something that I've been doing for that long," said Kalisz, a rising junior at Georgia and the owner of the American, U.S. Open, NCAA championship and school record in the 400 IM. "I kind of picked it up last year, so it's relatively new for me. And to go my best time any time is a good swim."

Other winners on Saturday included Camille Adams, who won the 200 butterfly in 2:08.45, and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace of the Bahamas and Auburn University, who won the 50 freestyle in 24.67. Bruno Fratus of Brazil won the men's 50 freestyle in 22.09, and Connor Jaeger took the men's 400 freestyle in 3:45.34.

Kathleen Baker (women's 100 backstroke) and California's Cierra Runge (women's 400 freestyle) also posted wins. Former Georgia swimmer Melanie Margalis won the women's 200 breaststroke with a personal best time of 2:27.06.

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