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

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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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1 year ago


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Reply to  mcmflyguy
1 year ago

Thanks for the autocorrect correction!

1 year 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?

1 year 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).

Reply to  Lpman
1 year 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

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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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