Lochte Gets Under 2:00 In The 200 IM For The First Time Since 2019

2021 ISCA INTERNATIONAL SENIOR CUP

  • March 23 – 27, 2021
  • St. Petersburg, FL (North Shore Aquatic Complex)
  • SCY prelims/LCM finals
  • Schedule (ET)
    • Tuesday: Timed Finals 4:00pm
    • Wednesday – Saturday: 8:00am prelims/5:00pm finals
  • Meet information
  • Psych sheet
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  • Results PDFs

The first night of finals got underway tonight in St. Petersburg, Florida at the 2021 ISCA International Senior Cup. The 4 day meet got started with the 200 IM, 100 back, 100 breast, and 50 fly. One of the main storylines tonight was Ryan Lochte who won both the 200 IM and 100 back, posting his fastest swims since 2019 in both of those events.

In that 200 IM, he topped his University of Florida training partner Caeleb Dressel. Dressel is not a primary 200 IMer like Lochte, World Record holder in the event, is, but Dressel is the fastest man ever in the 200 yard IM.

Women’s 200 IM Final

Top 3

  1. Reka Gyorgy – 2:13.77
  2. Nicole Frank Rodriguez – 2:18.24
  3. Greta Gidley – 2:18.93

Reka Gyorgy is fresh out of competing at the women’s 2021 Swimming & Diving Championships where she placed 8th in 400 IM. Tonight, however, she raced to victory in the 200 IM long course, getting under her 2:13.85 best time in the event from 2019 with a 2:13.77.

The duo of Nicole Frank Rodriguez and Greta Gidley battled it out for silver but Rodriguez got to the wall first in a 2:18.24 to Gidley’s 2:18.93. University of Virginia commit Zoe Skirboll just missed out on a podium finish by hitting a 2:18.98; just 0.05 behind Gidley.

Men’s 200 IM Final

Top 3

  1. Ryan Lochte – 1:59.72
  2. Caeleb Dressel – 2:00.50
  3. Grant Sanders – 2:02.69

It was the 2012 Olympic silver medalist who took the crown tonight in the 200 IM final. Ryan Lochte swam a 1:59.72 tonight to beat-out fellow Olympian Caeleb Dressel‘s second-place 2:00.50.

The swim for Lochte was a decent amount off his 1:54.00 world record in the event which he set at World Championships in 2011. It was an improvement from where he has been of late though as he hasn’t cracked the 2-minute mark when he went a 1:58.89 at the 2019 US Open in December of that year. The forward momentum is a positive sign a Lochte gets ready to vie for a spot on the 2020 Olympic squad this June.

The 200 IM is not one of Dressel’s main events and he doesn’t race it often. His PB in the event comes from the 2019 US Open when he swam a 1:59.97 and he was just off that time tonight with a 2:00.50 for silver. Behind him, Grant Sanders swam a 2:02.69 for bronze. A decent trio followed the podium finishers as Norbert Szabo, Keenan Dols, and Alexander Lebed swam 2:02.93, 2:03.74, and 2:03.98, respectively.

Notably, the third seed in the event Arsenio Bustos decided to scratch the event following his 1:43.94 (SCY) prelim swim.

Women’s 100 Back Final

Top 3

  1. Addie Rose Bullock – 1:02.05
  2. Sherridon Dressel – 1:02.47
  3. Malia Francis – 1:03.26

Harvard swimmer Addie Rose Bullock and Florida veteran Sherridon Dressel went head-to-head in the 100 backstroke final tonight, finishing just half a second apart. While they had a solid race for the win, neither Bullock nor Dressel notched a new best time as Bullock trailed her 1:01.95 from earlier this year with a 1:02.05, and Dressel missed her 2019 best time of 1:01.66 with a 1:02.47.

While Liberty University commit Malia Francis managed to pull off a third-place finish with a 1:03.26, she faced stiff competition. Krystal Lara nearly caught Francis and ended up finishing 4th in a 1:03.62 while Sarah Evans (1:03.72) and Yulduz Kuchkarova (1:03.74) managed to dip under the 1:04 mark as well.

Men’s 100 Back Final

Top 3

  1. Ryan Lochte – 55.92
  2. Ziyad Saleem – 56.06
  3. Kaikea Crews – 56.34

Picking up his second victory of the night, Ryan Lochte swam the quickest 100 backstroke in the field with a 55.92 which is exactly 2 seconds off his fastest-ever swim in the event of 53.92 which he swam at the 2012 US Olympic Trials. Like his 200 IM, the 100 backstroke swim by Lochte was an indicator that he’s feeling a bit faster than he has been recently. His last long course 100 back was in November 2020 when he swam a 57.41. He hasn’t been under 56 since US Nationals in 2019 when he swam a 55.08.

Wisconsin high schooler Ziyad Saleem took silver with a 56.06 while and Kaikea Crews hit a 56.34 to round out the top three.

Women’s 100 Breast Final

Top 3

  1. Lydia Palmer – 1:11.60
  2. Nicole Frank Rodriguez – 1:12.70
  3. Zoe Skirboll – 1:33.00

200 IM silver medalist Nicole Frank Rodriguez picked up her second medal of the night by earning silver again in the 100 breast. She touched just over a second after Lydia Palmer‘s 1:11.60 with a 1:12.70.

Palmer’s victory marked her first time getting under 1:12 in the long course 100 breast, lowering her PB from the 1:12.23 she swam at 2019 Speedo Junior Nationals. Palmer swims for the South Jersey Aquatic Club and will graduate high school in 2022 but has not yet announced a commitment to swim collegiately.

Rounding out the top 3, UVA commit Zoe Skirboll managed to hit a 1:13.00 which hovered by 2 and a half seconds over her PB of 1:10.46.

Men’s 100 Breast Final

Top 3

  1. Ilya Evdokimov – 1:02.04
  2. Nils Wich-Glasen – 1:02.73
  3. Amro Al-Wir – 1:02.85

A trio of 1:02s reached the podium in the 100 breaststroke. Cornell grad Ilya Evdokimov was the quickest in the field, swimming a 1:02.04 to get within 2 seconds of his best 100 breast time of 1:00.47 in the fall of 2020. Evdokimov has amassed four Ivy League titles in the short course yards version of the event, winning the title for Cornell in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Now swimming as a post-grad, Evdokimov represents Pinnacle Racing in Virginia.

Mils Wich-Glasen and Amro Al-Wir were only 0.12 seconds apart for second and third, respectively. Arsenio Bustos finished just off the podium with a 1:02.95 for fourth after scratching the 200 IM earlier in the night. Jared Pike was 5th (1:03.03) while Icelandic national teamer Anton McKee hit a 1:03.16 for 6th.

Women’s 50 Fly Final

Top 3

  1. Farida Osman – 26.08
  2. Flora Molnar – 26.84
  3. Addie Rose Bullock – 27.46

Two-time Olympian and Cal grad Farida Osman took gold in the women’s 50 fly tonight with a 26.08 to get within a second of her 2017 Egyptian record of 25.39. The swim for Osman is the fastest that she’s been since her 25.47 at the 2019 World Swimming Championships.

University of Alabama’s Flora Molnar won silver with a 26.84, just over her PB of 26.51 which she swam at the 2017 World Championships for Hungary. Molnar recently wrapped up her junior season with Alabama during which she earned a 6th place finish in the 100 fly at SEC Championships (51.94).

100 back finalist Adaline Bullock came back to take bronze in the 50 fly with a 27.46, out-touching Kyleigh Tankard‘s 27.48 for fourth and Sherridon Dressel‘s 27.55.

Men’s 50 Fly Final

Top 3

  1. Caeleb Dressel – 23.98
  2. Joseph Schooling / Isaac Davis – 24.08

Caeleb Dressel has been under 23 a number of times in the long course 50 fly and has a PB of 22.35 from in the event which he swam at the 2019 World Championships. he was a second and a half slower than that time tonight with a 23.98 for gold.

Joining Dressel on the podium was 2016 Olympic champion in the 100 fly Joseph Schooling and fellow Florida swimmer Isaac Davis who tied for silver with a 24.08. Schooling has been a 22.93 in the event 2017 while Davis’ best is a 23.65.

While Dressel has graduated from Florida, Davis is still swimming collegiately and just wrapped his junior at the school.

Schooling’s fellow Texas grad Jack Conger missed the podium by swimming a 24.32 for 4th.

Mixed 4×100 Freestyle Relay Final

  1. Academy Aquatic Club – 3:40.43
  2. Sierra Marlins Swim Team – 3:40.86
  3. Eagle Aquatics – 3:42.12

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The Original Tim
6 months ago

For some fun Lochte 200 IM factoids:

-In March 2011, he went a 2:05 before dropping his 1:54 WR in August at World’s that year
-In March 2012 he went a 1:59 before dropping to a 1:54 at Trials and the Olympics
-In April 2016 he went a 2:03 before dropping to a 1:56 at Trials and the Olympics

Based on past performance, I see no reason for him to not be a serious contender at Trials.

A C
Reply to  The Original Tim
6 months ago

fingers crossed for a great Trials from Ryan!

Blackflag82
Reply to  The Original Tim
6 months ago

These are the posts I read the comments for!!!

Mr Piano
Reply to  The Original Tim
6 months ago

I’m starting to think we could see him swim a 1:55 again… man I’m so fricking excited for trials.

Jack
Reply to  The Original Tim
6 months ago

That’s the thing about this guy at the late stages of his career. He was always such a “decent in the season; monster taper” sort of swimmer that it’s hard to gauge where he’s at. If he has a weak meet, it’s like, “Is he getting old? Or is it just because he’s Lochte and it’s not time to go fast yet?”

Mr Piano
Reply to  The Original Tim
6 months ago

I mean he’s definitely going super solid in season times for his standards right now. If he and Troy can taper correctly, he could run away with the 200 IM

Old Rocket Swimmer
Reply to  Mr Piano
6 months ago

Ask Dara

The Original Tim
Reply to  Mr Piano
6 months ago

This is a sample size of 1, obviously, but though I have at best half the training base Lochte does, I taper very well at his age and swim almost all the same events.

Troyy
Reply to  The Original Tim
6 months ago

He was 1:59.26 in March 2011 @ Pro Swim – Austin. The 2:05 was a prelim

The Original Tim
Reply to  Troyy
6 months ago

You’re right! I missed that when I was scrolling through his times.

nuotofan
Reply to  The Original Tim
6 months ago

Father time?

Swimfan
Reply to  The Original Tim
6 months ago

In 2016 he also swam 1:58.4 in January … (1.5 seconds faster than his best time this year and he ended up with a best time of 1:56.22 for that year)
Did you forget to mention it or did you just decide to leave it out because it didn’t fit in with your narrative?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Swimfan
6 months ago

The Original Tim’s post was comparing apples to apples (times in March-April) not apples to oranges (best time any time during the in-season), something that’s very relevant to predicting Lochte’s summer times. READING IS HARD,

Swimfan1
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
6 months ago

Nope. Obviously for you understanding is way more difficult than reading. For me both is easy.
He used the “fact” that he didn’t go any faster than 1:59 in the past before dropping crazy times later on as an indication that he is in the same position this year and that there is no reason to believe that he won’t do it again. I pointed out the fact that he had a much better time going into trials in 2016 than he has this year (up to this point), so his progression in 2016 was completely different and therefore can’t be used as an example for what to expect this year. In the end Lochte’s progression in those years… Read more »

Samuel Huntington
Reply to  Swimfan
6 months ago

It’s pretty clear he is considering spring times. So a time from January is irrelevant here.

Marmot
Reply to  Samuel Huntington
6 months ago

Lochte fluctuates up and down more than most elite swimmers in-season. His month to month in-season times mean next-to-nothing. You practically live on this board. You have to know that.

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
Reply to  Marmot
6 months ago

LOL. I like adding to the conversation.

And I disagree with what you are saying about Lochte…and Ol’ Longhorn, another regular on this board, agrees with me haha

Last edited 6 months ago by SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
The Original Tim
Reply to  Swimfan
6 months ago

Not at all. I was looking specifically at his March swims, since he’s notoriously all over the place in season and comparing single month performances is likely the best way to compare his performances YoY.

If he swims in April and May in the lead up to Trials, I’ll compare his YoY times there, too.

Last edited 6 months ago by The Original Tim
Marmot
Reply to  Swimfan
6 months ago

If anything your piggybacking post only makes it more apparent that Lochte is going to swim pretty fast at Trials. A 1:56 low gives him more than a serious shot at making the team. …Is that the point you were trying to make?

Alo
Reply to  Swimfan
6 months ago

DiD yOu FoRgEt To MeNtIoN iT oR dId YoU jUsT dEcIdE tO lEaVe It OuT bEcAuSe It DiDnT fIt In WiTh YoUr NaRrAtIvE?

Thank you for sharing. I’m not sure what I would have done without your raw skill in understanding AND reading.

Last edited 6 months ago by Alo
sqimgod
Reply to  Swimfan
6 months ago

He was training under marsh in 2016 not troy so different yardage and taper

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  The Original Tim
6 months ago

It’s hard to compare in-season, peak Lochte —- when he was doing 10 X 400 IM and the strongman stuff on the weekends —- to now, when he’s not even consistently doing doubles. Maybe the impaired recovery that comes with aging makes the lesser workload equivalent, but I wouldn’t necessarily expect the massive taper drops off of what he’s doing. That said, he might be training smarter than the stupidity of the strongman stuff training for a 200-400 distance and leaving him spent after his first event in London.

The Original Tim
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
6 months ago

Agreed.

That said, I’m in the same age bracket as him and while I’m obviously much, much slower, I compete in most of the same events he does, barring the 400 IM, and I have similar time drops from my in season times to my shaved and tapered times even with a much lower training base at 30-35k yards per week, tops.

Of course, I’m speaking 100% anecdotally, but it’s not uncommon for me to have a 5 second drop in my 200 IM from this point of the season to end of season for me in late April/early May, so it shouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for him to still have a few seconds left in… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by The Original Tim
wow
6 months ago

Remel with a 2:00.5

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  wow
6 months ago

Smoked on the backstroke.

Swimmer
6 months ago

so is willie not going to be at ncaa?

Editor
Reply to  Swimmer
6 months ago

Apparently the swimmer at this meet is the Davis brother more commonly known as Isaac. Not sure of all the details, but it seems his first name is actually William.

Swimmer
Reply to  Robert Gibbs
6 months ago

So there’s a willie and then there’s a William… and William goes by Issac?

Swimpop
Reply to  Swimmer
6 months ago

Who’s on first?

Ecoach
Reply to  Swimmer
6 months ago

Back in their younger days swimming for Chicago Wolfpack they were Will and William and they always swam similar events.

Konner Scott
Reply to  Ecoach
6 months ago

I remember that. I was in college and they were 12, and they smoked me at a summer meet in Wisconsin.

Aquajosh
6 months ago

He also negative split that 100 back. We know he’s fit from the 200 free he swam a few weeks ago, but it looks like Ryan is rounding into competitive shape at just the right time.

Joe
6 months ago

JEAH!

Joe
6 months ago

Also, Lochte’s PB in the 100 back is actually a 53.37 he swam in the 2008 trials, where he was just out touched by Grevers for the second spot behind Piersol.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Joe
6 months ago

He also swam that the day after a 4:06.08 400 IM. Crazy.

He went 53.50 in 2007 in a slow FS2 jammer, and with a broken foot too.

CheddaShredda
6 months ago

anyone have race footage?

impressed that lochte beat dressel especially because they’re probably in a similar training cycle since they train together.

Mark Rauterkus
Reply to  CheddaShredda
6 months ago

Races are on FloSwimming.com. Got to pay for a month of that. But, you can then see all the prior races too.

Eoj gniloohcs
Reply to  CheddaShredda
6 months ago

Here’s the video for the 200 IM finals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqxAvs3tb7k

Sam
Reply to  Eoj gniloohcs
6 months ago

Thanks for this. Lochte’s freestyle looks smoother than Dressel’s.

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
Reply to  Eoj gniloohcs
6 months ago

Thank you!

  1. That is a crowded pool deck!
  2. Lochte’s backstroke and freestyle looked incredibly smooth
  3. Dressel’s backstroke still a weak spot in his 200 IM LCM
Last edited 6 months ago by SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
Becky D
Reply to  Eoj gniloohcs
6 months ago

Good to see that Ryan still drifts into the wall on the finish when he knows he’s winning. Some things never change.

Mclovin
6 months ago

Lochte definetly read our comments a few days ago and proved wrong all the disbelievers.
JEAH

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Mclovin
6 months ago

He can read?

classic_swimmer
Reply to  Mclovin
6 months ago

I don’t get it. You earn your spot for the olympics at trials, not with a (average) swim in march.