Men’s 200 IM – 2013 World Championship Trials – as reported by swimswam:
If there’s one real takeaway from this meet that every swim fan in the world will be interested in, it’s that maybe Ryan Lochte wasn’t in as bad of shape as he led us all to believe. That, or he’s incredibly tough. Lochte lept to the top of the World Rankings and is three-tenths of a second faster than anybody else ahs been after a 1:55.44 to win the 200 IM title and grab at least a 7th event.
Lochte was out in 53.0 – four-tenths of a second faster than his own opening split at the 2011 World Championships where he broke the World Record that still stands.
He lost that pace on the second 100 meters, but that’s still a statement-making swim for Lochte in this race.
Close behind him was his former training partner Conor Dwyer in 1:57.74, and also out of the NBAC stable Chase Kalisz was 3rd in 1:58.52.
For Dwyer, that’s about a half-second time drop from last year’s Olympic Trials and a nice recovery from his DQ in the 400 free on Friday night.
Texas’ Austin Surhoff went another lifetime best of 1:58.80 for 4th place, followed by Cal’s Josh Prenotin 2:00.33.
Dynamo Swim Club’s Gunnar Bentz was 6th in 2:00.88, followed by Kyle Whitaker (2:01.31) and Georgia sophomore Ty Stewart (2:01.45).
David Nolan won the B-Final in a very good 2:00.35, which finally breaks him through for a new personal best: one he’s been waiting since the 2010 Jr. Pan Pac Championships. If anyone has benefited from the many developments in Stanford, including new head coaches for both men’s and women’s programs and a new-look professional training group, it’s Nolan.