Can Ryan Lochte Make The 2020 Olympic Team? GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com

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12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte returned to competition this week in Palo Alto, California at the Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships. This was Lochte’s  first time racing since his 14-month suspension for an anti-doping rules violation. Lochte kicked his meet off with a 200 IM time trial where he dropped a 1:57.88. That was his fastest time in the event since the 2016 Rio Olympics. Later in the week,  Lochte lowered that mark, winning the 200 IM title in 1:57.76.

Lochte raced a lot at nationals, and a lot of his swims weren’t impressive, but they were solid considering he hasn’t been training much. Understandably, fatherhood has taken up a lot of time. Lochte’s older now, he’s old man Lochte at 35.  It appears he intends to completely shed his bad boy image and buckle-down on the run-up to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha next June.

I want your thoughts and opinions.  He’s dropped a 1:57.76 200 IM. He won nationals.  And he’s Ryan Lochte.  What are his chances of making the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team?  I think he’s on the bubble, but I also think he’s dangerous. 35 is just young enough to be threat to anyone in the final heat at U.S. Trials.  I think Ryan’s got a 1:55 low in him, and that could make Team USA. Ryan certainly has a lot to prove, and he is still the World Record holder with a 1:54 flat.  (On a side note, I wonder what Michael Phelps could pop in the 200 IM…if he decided to get back into training for this one event?)

What are your predictions? What do you think? 

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Superfan
2 years ago

Jean!

mcmflyguy
Reply to  Superfan
2 years ago

***JEAH!!!!

Superfan
Reply to  mcmflyguy
2 years ago

Thanks for the autocorrect correction!

BKP
2 years ago

I also believe 1.55 low would likely make the team. Kalisz’s Worlds’ performances don’t instill much confidence.
Does Dressel add any 200s to his program? (IM, free…)
Any winter taper meets to look forward to?

Lpman
2 years ago

Absolutely. Just focus on 200 I M. Not to be rude, but no point in wasting energy in events he would have a tough time making the team (200 back, 200 free, 400 IM).

Ervin
Reply to  Lpman
2 years ago

Idk what the schedule is like but if the 200 free comes after the 200im i say go for that too…if not, for sure just stick to the 200im

volmenusa
2 years ago

Ryan will take the Team. A better question is will he win GOLD?

WV Swammer
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
2 years ago

Red Ryan Redemption II

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  volmenusa
2 years ago

that would be Magical of course ….love to see that happening for him .

Blackflag82
2 years ago

I think Lochte will make the team, but not medal at the Olympics. The guy knows how to race, and at the end of the day, I think if he can start getting 5 days of training a week and more sleep at night coupled with his experience it’s going to be enough to earn him a spot.

Kristiina
Reply to  Blackflag82
2 years ago

He can win Olympic medal but hard win gold medal. Medal level was 1:56,78 this year world championships.

Leavingonthetop
2 years ago

If you asked me three years ago I would’ve said “no.” But after this weekend yes. But only in the 200im.

Lpman
Reply to  Leavingonthetop
2 years ago

Agreed

Woke Stasi
2 years ago

Watching Lochte’s fly-to-back transition with a long 14 meter underwater (he went from 6th to 1st) reminded me that Lochte has skills many of the younger IMers don’t. It was a thing of beauty! I expect him to train hard, lose some weight, and put together a race plan that allows him to not only make the US Oly team, but also to medal.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
2 years ago

one of the best kickers the swimmmng world has ever had .

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
2 years ago

He just needs to have it for the breast to free transition. He was gassed at that point at Nationals.

Woke Stasi
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Actually Lochte’s closing 50 free split of 28.63 was faster than the swimmers who were 2nd, 3rd, and 5th at the 150 mark, and only .04 slower than the swimmer (Foster) who was 4th then. In other words, he pulled away from most of the field on the free. I’m sure, though, that he’d like to have had a faster breast leg (34.1).

Collegeswammer
Reply to  Woke Stasi
2 years ago

Ol’ Longhorn was talking about (I believe) the underwater off the final turn of the 200 IM at nationals. Not the entire final 50. It was a comparison between his backstroke breakout and his freestyle breakout. But yes, his breaststroke split needs to improve over the next year, and I’m sure that’s largely just conditioning.

Spectatorn
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

plus no Lochte turn!

96Swim
2 years ago

Phelps was 1:54.6 in Rio. If that was his only event and he really wanted it, I’d think he have at least a 1:55 low in him.

Kristiina
Reply to  96Swim
2 years ago

Phelps was only 31 but this was grat swim. Only 0,4 second lower he personal best.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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