How Fast Will Ryan Lochte Swim At U.S. Nationals? GMM presented by

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12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte has been back with his former University of Florida head coach, Gregg Troy, and it’s showing. Lochte’s doing honest work, 8000-9000 meter practices, and he dropped solid swims at the Mel Zajac in Canada:

  • 4:15 – 400 IM
  • 1:58 – 200 IM

Lochte admits he was a little scared of getting back into it with Troy, but Troy set a two-year plan, and it appears to be working.  At age 33, married with a son, and enduring Troy-training, Lochte joked he doesn’t sleep, but the quieter Gainesville family lifestyle may be exactly what he needed. Lochte’s clearly in a good place. The only question is what will it take at U.S. Nationals in Irvine to make a Team USA squad?

I think 4:10.0 makes it in the 400 IM and 1:56.0 makes it in the 200 IM. Lochte should be there by July 25th. What do you think?  Does Lochte make Pan Pacs with those times? Can he swim that fast with a shave, or faster?

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He’s been 1:59 already this season you think he’ll only be 1:58? I say at least 1:56.9. 400 should be around 4:12.


No, he said that 1:58 was what Lochte went at Mel Zajac. He also said that he believes 1:56 and 4:10 will make it to Pan Pacs, and that he believes Lochte will be able to do that.

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I say closer to 1:56 low/ 55 high. I think he might be on a Ervin like level come Tokyo going near best or best times. He is in the right mindset which carries a lot of weight. I’m more interested in his 200 Free for right now. I think he’ll be 1:45 this year and might be good for a 1:44. Also likely a big player at Short Course Worlds with Dressel.


His career best is 1:44.44. I have a tough time believing his 200 free will be near that if his 200IM isn’t also near. 1:54.low

tammy touchpad error

I meant to say on a relay with a start. Think 1:44 flat in 2019 with the 1:54 IM. I really see him doing it. He was too good with Troy in 2011/12 and really didn’t have the 2012 Olympics that he was (over)trained for. He was gonna blow the lid off that 200 IM WR if things had gone differently the first few days.


Or if he didn’t have the 200 back less than half an hour before.


At this point I’d rather see someone new get some experience on the world stage, even if he doesn’t medal or anything. We have a cluster of guys who are pretty good in the 200 IM and might just need the big show to make them really pop. If Lochte earns the spot, more power to him, but this part of the cycle counts for two years. Would rather see someone on the upswing get a shot.


if they want the experience they’ve got to earn it


You can tell a lot about Ryan’s condition from looking at his body.

In 2016, he had some fat hanging over his suit at the Olympic Trials, and his shoulders looked smaller. I knew then he hadn’t done the hard training like 2012. In the 200 IM at Rio, he tried to keep up with Phelps, but totally died in the freestyle.

At Santa Clara this year, he looked pretty fit. His waist was pretty tight. He said that he was training hard and “having fun.”


Thank you Coaches!!!

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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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