Lochte Says World Trials Performance Wasn’t Good, Video Interview

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.

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bobo gigi

The only individual race Mr Lochte is almost sure to win in Barcelona is the 200 IM. In the others it will be very hard. But I wouldn’t be shocked at all if he broke his world record in this race. A 1.53 is definitely possible.

aswimfan

The schedule this year is a lot more forgiving to him than last year. no 400 IM in the beginning to tire him out. Only 4×100. on second and third day only 200 free on day 4, 200 IM prelims and semis on day 5, 200 back prelims, and in the evening 200 IM final comes before 200 semis (compared to last year where he had to swim 200 back and IM finals in the same night, costing him the 200 IM. He was not aggressive enough in the 200 back (probably thinking about 200 IM final later), and ended up beaten by Clary and Irie. Lochte swimming down so alone in the warm up pool was so iconic. on… Read more »

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NoLochteFan

I like at the beginning of this race the announcer says “We have 4 people with a chance to win this race”. Really? No one was within 4 seconds of Lochte on the original entry times. Good races though for rest of the field as they dropped time. Having 4 swimmers at 1:58 or under is great.

aswimfan

Yes, I thought it was very funny.

Dunno why the announcer said that. So unnecessary.

jean Michel

Like ” If ” there was a guy who can stay with Lochte on the 200IM . He is still the fastest IMer on the planet ….!!!

SwimFanFinland

It’s a little bit weird he assures everyone that he’s going to be more competitive in next 2-3 years. He is still as competitive as many swimmers are just dreaming of. Lochte’s tired legs? It means he is able to pull away only a half body lenght during underwaters.

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

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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