Can Ryan Lochte qualify for the National Team? (Video Feature)

Lochte’s back. 

After serving his 10 month USA Swimming suspension and then opting out of competing at the LA Invite, Ryan Lochte is finally making his return to competition this weekend at the US Open in East Meadow, NY. To me it seems a little odd that he would even bother getting back into racing this year, especially after just welcoming his son, Caiden, into the world. But when we look at it from a practical standpoint, I think there’s 1 main focus that’s on Lochte’s mind.

He wants to make the National Team.

Ryan’s determined to get back to the elite level that he once was at, and the first step of that process is securing his name on that list once again. He’ll attempt it in 2 events: The 100 Back and the 200 IM. He doesn’t have the normal Lochte training base behind him due to his extended post-Rio break and hectic year… but I don’t think that matters. I say he still cracks the top 6 Nationally, because he’s Lochte. He’s a seasoned veteran and professional, he knows how to get up and get the job done. Either way, I think it will be a treat for swim fans everywhere to finally see one of the most iconic faces in our sport back in the water this weekend.


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5 years ago

Hell Jeah he can

5 years ago

not sure i buy it. doesn’t seem genuine.

Ed P
5 years ago

Good for him, just hope he doesn’t become a national embarrassment again.

5 years ago

Coleman, Nice video feature piece! We probably won’t now how serious Ryan Lochte is about regaining his world-class swimming form to make it to the 2020 Olympics for his son Caden until next year when we can see the results of his training. I hope he means what he says, but right now, his level of motivation and willingness to go through the pain necessary to get back to top fitness is still in question. He has more distractions than ever, which could be a good thing, if he is happier, but may be a bad thing if he doesn’t prioritize…

Reply to  Danjohnrob
5 years ago

i wouldn’t say that Buddy . I saw his interview 2 months ago and he talked about getting back seriously . He is not the kind to lie about his passions and commitments .

Winnie Pearl
5 years ago

He is the type though to lie about events in Rio De Janeiro though.

Reply to  Winnie Pearl
5 years ago

Aside from what happened in Rio last year, Lochte is still one of the greatest swimmers next to Phelps. People need to stop bringing the whole Rio debacle up and let the man swim!

bobo gigi
5 years ago

The current 6th in the 100 back list has a time of 54.33.
The current 6th in the 200 IM list has a time of 1.58.53.
It looks very feasible.

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Not buying it. He swam 1:57.47 in the Olympic 200 IM final last year. Conservatively he’s going to sacrifice a half second per discipline on average.

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Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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