Dressel, Lochte Battle in 200 Free at Florida Swimming OT Qualifier

Florida Swimming OT Qualifier

  • Saturday, February 15 – Monday, February 17
  • Orlando, FL
  • Long Course Meters
  • Live Results (meet mobile)

Florida postgrad stars Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Lochte are among the swimmers to compete at this weekend’s Olympic Trials Qualifier in Orlando, Florida. Dressel, the 2019 World Championships Swimmer of the Meet, has competed in a mostly his traditional events so far.

In the 200 free, Dressel and Lochte went head-to-head. Lochte took it out with the lead in 53.31, with Dressel a second behind, but Dressel ran him down to win the race 1:49.99 to 1:50.60. SEC Champion Mitch D’Arrigo was closely behind for 3rd in 1:50.87. Dressel’s lifetime best is a 1:47.34 from last April’s Richmond Pro Swim Series. He was just a couple of tenths off that at the U.S. Open in December. Lochte’s time was a season best and his fastest since 2019 Summer Nationals.

Dressel also posted a 52.90 in finals of the 100 fly. Lochte was 5th there in 55.52. The meet continues though Monday night. In Sunday prelims, Dressel swam the 50 free (22.81) and 400 free (4:08.14). Lochte competed in the 50 free (24.39), 100 back (58.64), and 400 free (4:08.73). True Sweetser, a Stanford All-American who is taking an Olympic redshirt this season, was 2nd in the 400 free prelims at 4:00.68. He placed 5th in the 200 free (1:52.47) and 7th in the 400 IM (4:37.76) on Saturday night. That was Sweetser’s fastest 200 free since 2018.

Other notables from Saturday finals included Candian Olympic Champion Kylie Masse winning the 100 fly in 1:00.20. UVA commit Emma Weyant won the 200 free in 2:00.32. That’s her 2nd fastest performance ever. She also swam her 4th fastest 400 IM ever to win in 4:40.79. Younger sister Gracie Weyant, 14, posted a 1:12.61 in the 100 breast behind Natalie Purnell (1:11.94). Both swam lifetime bests, but the trials cut stands at a 1:10.99 and Purnell is Canadian.

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Lochte and Dressel both looking good in-season. Encouraging times.

Some dude

These Florida pros looking like they’re putting in work


Troy has one hell of a fabulous training group there / great signs for this summer


The 1:50 is encouraging. The 24 50 free and the 58 100 back are interesting


They’re interesting, but I don’t think necessarily a terrible thing. They’re prelims times after a 400, plus Lochte is one of the biggest taper swimmers ever.

Swim Mom

The 50 free and 100 back were both before the 400 today.

Ol' Longhorn

True that he WAS one of the biggest taper swimmer ever. But that was when he was training like crazy and doing the ridiculous strongman stuff on the weekends. With his reduced workload these days to facilitate recovery, I wouldn’t expect the enormous drops he used to make. I could see him doing a 1:47, hopefully 1:56.


His workload was reduced when he trained with Dave Marsh leading up to 2016. Is that still true now that he is back at Florida with Gregg Troy?

Ol' Longhorn

He’s said so in interviews. I’m sure it’s more than he did with Marsh, but he’s taking workouts and days off that he didn’t in his previous Troy life.


Wait till finals. Yesterday in prelims their times were really slow also. Like 1:55 or something in the 200 free.


Dressel didn’t look happy after


He never looks happy after, just his nature

Ol' Longhorn

Not enough pre-workout.




Please relase meet full name and result link..

Swammer from Wakanda

That is the name of the meet


2020 Florida Swimming OT Qualifier Hosted by YMCA of Central Florida February 15-17, 2020
Results can be found on Meet Mobile


‘Florida Swimming OT Qualifier’
Results on meet mobile

Ol' Longhorn

Results are on MeetMobile, but look under age group, not senior/open.

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