Lochte Collects 2 Medals In 2017 Masters Nationals Debut


Day 2 of the United Masters Swimming National Championships meet saw several professional stars take to the pool with notable tune-up swims. 32-year-old Mike Alexandrov and Golden Road Aquatics teammate Ryan Lochte dueled in two events in Riverside today, bringing the pair’s record to 1-1 heading into day 3.

Alexandrov took the men’s 100y breaststroke event by less than half a second, clocking a men’s 30-34 age group winning time of 53.55 to Lochte’s mark of 53.92. Splits were extremely similar going out, with Alexandrov touching in 25.18 to Lochte’s opening 50 of 25.15. But the former Bulgarian national swimmer had more gas on the way home, notching a back-half split of 28.37 to Lochte’s 28.77. Ed Moses holds the age group masters record at 53.44 from 2011.

For 32-year-old Lochte, who is eligible to swim at this Masters-sanctioned event while still on suspension from USA Swimming that excludes him from this summer’s World Championships, today’s 100 breaststroke outing checks-in as his 2nd fastest performance ever. The former Florida gator has rarely swum the event since 2008, but his 53.92 outing today ranks only behind his personal best of 53.27 from 2007 Short Course Nationals.

In the 2nd contest between Lochte and Alexandrov, Lochte indeed got the upper hand, winning the 200 IM event for their age group by over 6 seconds. Lochte notched a winning time of 1;44.21 to Alexandrov’s 1:50.62 to collect his first gold of these Masters Nationals. Lochte is set to race the 100 IM, 50 backstroke, 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle yet at this competition.

The non-professional fleet of swimmers also produced notable results through day 2, with 2 women knocking down masters national records. 38-year-old Noriko Inada managed to shave .01 of a second off of her 25.05 national record in the women’s 35-39 masters record to bring it down to 25.04 en route to gold.  Inada hails from Phoenix Swim Club and also holds her age group’s masters national records for both 50 and 100 yard backstroke.

Jill Hernandez of North State Masters cranked out a new masters national record in the women’s 55-59 200y IM with her victory today in Riverside. Cruising to her win, 56-year-old Hernandez hacked over 2 seconds off of the previous record of 2:18.07 held by Karyln Pipes since just earlier this month. Hernandez now moves into the record place position in 2:15.70.


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Good go Ryan!

Attila the Runt

Very long lines in sweltering mid-day heat to get his autograph. He did good.

Brandelfly Mcduff

Looks like we need some new file photos of Lochte with the TYR logo on his cap.


LOL That’s what I was thinking. Maybe Tyr will give them a call.

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