Lochte Calls U.S. Open Performance The “Worst Meet That I’ve Ever Had”


On the heels of his first competition in eight months, Ryan Lochte isn’t pleased with himself.

In speaking with AP News after the 2020 U.S. Open had wrapped up, Lochte claimed that it was “probably going to go down as my worst meet that I’ve ever had”, and vowed to dive right back into hard training upon returning home.

“I do not like swimming this bad,” he said. “When I get back, I’m going to start turning it up again.”

Lochte raced four events at the Sarasota site of the U.S. Open, which was raced in nine different locations across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 36-year-old placed third overall in the men’s 200 individual medley (2:01.05), 24th in the 200 backstroke (2:03.83), 26th in the 200 freestyle (1:52.05) and 51st in the 100 back (57.41). He opted to scratch out of the 100 free.

For context, at the 2019 U.S. Summer Nationals, Lochte recorded times of 1:57.76 in the 200 IM, 1:50.25 in the 200 free, and 55.08 in the 100 back in what was his first meet in over 14 months.

“I don’t know if I’m mentally tired. I know I’m physically tired,” he said. “I love getting on those blocks and racing again.”

Lochte figured he’s only competed in about seven meets since the 2016 Olympic Games, having last raced competitively in March at the Pro Swim Series event in Des Moines. He also told AP News he’s only been back in training for six weeks due to the pandemic, along with an appendectomy surgery in late August, and believes he needs to be racing much more frequently in the lead-up to next year’s Olympic Trials.

“I need to be racing at least once a month with really good competitors,” he said. “I don’t want to lose that confidence.”

After his involvement in the Rio gas station incident after the last Olympics, along with receiving a 14-month suspension for using an IV in 2018, Lochte wants to be seen in a more positive light when he steps on the blocks in what will be his fifth Olympic Games (should he qualify).

“I feel like inside I want to prove everyone wrong,” he said. “I want to do it for myself. I guess this year is way more important than any I’ve ever had.”

AP News also spoke to decorated American Olympian Dara Torres, who won three Olympic medals at 41 years of age in Beijing.

Torres says that it’s still early, and these results can give Lochte and coach Gregg Troy an opportunity to adjust his training moving forward.

“It’s only November and he and his coach can tweak whatever they need to and figure it out,” she said. “He still has a lot of time. He should take that as a plus, figure out what wrong and do what he has to do.”

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Sam B
3 years ago

He is still amazing, at whatever age, positive, honest, hard working, unstoppable

3 years ago

Gregg Troy is always honest…has anyone asked him? I suspect Ryan is done in that it is MOST likely the 2021 Olympics will never happen.

Oli K.
3 years ago

Ryan, please get a life beyond the pool. As a world class swimmer you are done and dusted. Sorry, but this is the brutal truth.

Reply to  Oli K.
3 years ago

its his choice, not yours

Reply to  Hiswimcoach
3 years ago

Nobody cares what you think, I know he sure doesn’t.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Oli K.
3 years ago

He should have started his run for President . He’d have 11 runs till 79.
He really wasn’t much worse than the others in the line up .

3 years ago

He needs to consult with Phelps and other old swimmers who had success on this and make adjustments. His body is mush at this point. He has a low margin for error so he needs his weight to be dead on where it needs to be. He really needs more speed if you ask me. I think he needs to train 6-8K max a day with a bunch of complimentary dryland stuff. Anything more is just going to keep him from swimming fast.

3 years ago

He still has time to change what he needs to and maybe people are correct…just pick a race or 2 to be the best at….

Florida Coach
3 years ago

Maybe if you wore your face mask and didn’t deck change every session, you would have the mindset of a Champion. Meaning, being respectful and caring about the other swimmers. Respecting the USA Swim Rules.

3 years ago

Worse than the incident post Rio?

3 years ago

He needs to get up to Bloomington, Indiana and start training with The GOAT, Ray Looze, at Indiana University. If he did that one thing, there would be no doubt he would win 5 golds at the Olympics. #rayloozegoatcoach, #iufootball2020bigtenchamps, #GodblessIU

Reply to  Guerra
3 years ago

Can you just change your name to LOOZE EFFECT already?

tea rex
Reply to  Guerra
3 years ago

Why do you use hashtags? They aren’t searchable on this site, unless you know something the rest of us don’t

Reply to  Guerra
3 years ago

He is 36. Beating his body to a bleeding pulp may not be the best training strategy.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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