Lochte Wins 100 Free in 50.9, Scratches 200 Back Final at Plantation

2018 PLANTATION (FL) SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

TOP 3 TEAM SCORES

WOMEN

  1. East Coast Aquatic Club – 962
  2. South Florida Aquatic Club – 715
  3. Bolles School Sharks – 700

MEN

  1. Azura Florida Aquatic – 1170
  2. Gator Swim Club – 942
  3. South Florida Aquatic Club – 785

COMBINED 

  1. South Florida Aquatic Club – 1642
  2. Azura Florida Aquatic – 1591
  3. Gator Swim Club – 1588

INDIVIDUAL HIGH POINT

WOMEN

  1. Kathleen Golding (South Florida Aquatic Club) – 167
  2. Georgia Marris (Unattached) – 156
  3. Micayla Cronk (Daytona Beach Swimming) – 155.5

MEN

  1. Miguel Cancel (Unattached) – 172
  2. Ryan Lochte (Unattached) – 156
  3. Rafael Rodriguez (South Florida Aquatic Club) – 143

On the final day of the Platational Sectional, 17 year old Mary Smutny won the women’s 200 fly with a 2:14.97. While her time wasn’t too far off her personal best of 2:13.28, it was her 7th fastest time ever. Smutny was very consistent in the LCM 200 fly in 2017, swimming between 2:13.28 and 2:14.85 6 times from March to August. She was out very fast, hitting the 100 wall at 1:03.37.

Mason Wilby won the men’s 200 fly in 2:02.52. That time was almost 3 seconds off his best time of 1:59.89 from last year, but he split the race very well and it’s his fatest time at a non-national or international meet. Wilby was out in 59.40 at the first 100, and came home in 1:03.12. His last 3 50 splits were very consistent for a 200 fly, coming in at 31.90, 31.48, and 31.64 respectively.

Ryan Lochte won the men’s 100 free with a 50.94, also opting to scratch the 200 back final. That time is a little slower than he swam in March of his last season of competition, 50.01. However, that was an Olympic year, and it was his 2nd LCM meet of the year rather than his first. Again, Lochte split very tightly, going out in 24.96, and coming back in 25.98. The way Lochte split all his races tightly this weekend could be encouraging for the rest of his season, since when he’s fully tapered and in peak form he should be able to go out faster.

Ryan Staunch, a 15 year old out of Swim Florida, won the men’s 1500 in a best time of 16:19.02. His previous best was 16:33.28 from 2017, marking a pretty significant best time. Staunch was pretty consistent in his race, keeping his 50s at 32s, and only floating up to 33-point 5 times. That time puts him 4.03 seconds off the Junior National cut of 16:14.99.

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Bigly
4 years ago

Name one male Rio Olympic gold medalist who’s shown any fire thus fire. I’d say it’s Dressel, Conger, and Peaty, and variations of not much more for everyone else. Dwyer hasn’t swum, Adrian lost a 50 free to MA, Murphy got beat at Worlds, Chalmers is nowhere to be found, Clark Smith just laid an egg at their taper meet, Shields barely broke a minute in the 100 fly earlier this season, etc., etc. At this point in the last cycle, Phelps was barely swimming.

Dudeman
Reply to  Bigly
4 years ago

I wouldn’t throw Murphy, Adrian, Chalmers or Clark smith in there with athletes that have lost their fire, Murphy has been training full time, won NCAA’s and still made it to the podium in both backstrokes at world’s, not being at his peak is not the same as losing the fire. Also MA is emerging as one of the best 50 sprinters in the US and Adrian is still top two in the 100 free, I also wouldn’t be worried about how he swims at a mid-season meet. Chalmers is returning from heart surgery and Clark Smith’s heart condition has been affecting him more this season, Shields I honestly have no clue what is going on with him and Dwyer… Read more »

Bigly
Reply to  Dudeman
4 years ago

Sure they have been training, but that isn’t exactly “fire.” For Murphy, he just said last month that he finally feels inspired again. Chalmers had an ablation, hardly heart surgery. Clark Smith is more head case than anything else, and Adrian has been consistent, but consistently slower (4/10’s in a 50 is A LOT slower). Prenot, lots of others I could add have been consistently training but slower. They’re all just not as motivated in the down part of the cycle. I doubt they’ll light it up for Pan-Pacs — no one ever does.

Dudeman
Reply to  Bigly
4 years ago

Like you said it’s the middle of the cycle and it’s difficult to be at your absolute best all the time. If they are swimming the same in 2019/early 2020 then I could agree the fire has gone out but right now it’s very difficult to believe

Murphy had the best performance of his life and achieved all of his goals, it is difficult to be motivated when you have done everything you have wanted to do, losing at world’s and swimming on the morning relay got his butt back in gear. I agree Clark smith is a head case but he has done better since 2016 (although probably not as well as he should be). Adrian’s 50 has been… Read more »

Maverick
Reply to  Bigly
4 years ago

Summer 2014 Phelps went 50.6 on a relay and 1:46 flat. As well as 51.2 in the 100 fly and 1:56.0 in the 200 IM.

He wasnt just barely swimming… lol

Pvdh
Reply to  Bigly
4 years ago

Ben Proud has some salty 50s this year

Ole 99
4 years ago

I don’t doubt he loves swimming or that he doesn’t want the post rio debacle to be his legacy (t will), but I can’t help look at his continued swimming as being driven by money. Hope I’m wrong.

Team Rwanda
Reply to  Ole 99
4 years ago

Is that a bad thing?

Pvdh
Reply to  Ole 99
4 years ago

Ok. Quit your job and tell me how your life works out!

Teddy
Reply to  Ole 99
4 years ago

You didn’t do it purely for the love of being in the water? Sell out!

Bigly
Reply to  Ole 99
4 years ago

If you really think the post-Rio debacle is going to be his legacy, you haven’t been paying attention to the news and how “debacle” is being daily redefined. Phelps had two DUIs, for crying out loud, and our attention span was so short, he carried the flag in the opening ceremonies. Lochte’s faired a lot better than Matt Lauer and Billy Bush, two of the loudmouth nothings who made the Lochte incident a media spectacle.

Michael
Reply to  Ole 99
4 years ago

I’m sure Tom Brady only plays football for the love of the sport and not the $41 million dollar 2 year contract he renegotiated too…

Coach Mike 1952
4 years ago

There are two typos – in the article & title – 100 fly in 2:14? Twice? Please correct, thanks.

Sqimgod
4 years ago

In light of all the dislikes on my previous comment on the “lochte gets 2nd in 400 free” as well as all the comments on this article I will now construct my NEW predictions.
PAN PACS 2018
100 free: 48.0
200 free: 1:45.0
100 back: 52.5
200 back: 1:53.5
100 fly: 50.5
200 IM: 1:54.9
400 IM:(ye that’s right) 4:07
Feel free to add ur own predictions below.

Hswimmer
Reply to  Sqimgod
4 years ago

IM and fly times no. Every thing else is pretty achievable.

Ole 99
Reply to  Sqimgod
4 years ago

I’m on narcotics after a surgery, but pass me what you’re taking cause you are high as … if you think he’s doing those times let alone swimming that lineup at Pan Pacs

Teddy
Reply to  Sqimgod
4 years ago

Lol

Dudeman
Reply to  Sqimgod
4 years ago

*100 free: prelim relay, 200 free: relay spot, 200 IM: maybe.

If this was 2010 pan pacs I’d absolutely be on board with your predictions but he is not the same swimmer

Caeleb Dressel Will Get 8 golds in Tokyo
Reply to  Sqimgod
4 years ago

Hell no. I’ll be happy if he goes 1:56 low in the 200 or 1:55 high, and sub 1:46 in the 200 free. His 400 im done. I know You’re optimistic, maybe because last time we underestimated a comeback was 2015 with Phelps, but I think this is different. If he goes 1:54 in the 200 im I swear I’m competing in the Olympic trials 2020. If he goes 50 in the 100 fly I’ll quit swimming.

Horninco
4 years ago

Two and a half years is a long time, both to train to get into peak form and pick the right events, but also to age and fall further from your best.

Bigly
Reply to  Horninco
4 years ago

He’s the same age as LeBron. Do you think LeBron is going to suck in two years? Tom Brady sure didn’t fall off in performance at 40. And of course, Tony Erin won the 50 free at 36. Aging in elite athletics is being redefined.

Dudeman
Reply to  Bigly
4 years ago

It’s different when you aren’t the only one competing, yes Lebron and Brady are incredible athletes but they also have great team mates to help them out. Training for the races that Lochte swims gets more and more difficult as you get older. The oldest athletes competing nowadays in swimming are competing in sprints for the most part, not 200’s.

Bigly
Reply to  Dudeman
4 years ago

So you’d give zero shot to Phelps making the 2020 team in the 200 fly, 200 IM, and 800 free relay if he had not retired? Because he’d be too old for 200’s?

Dudeman
Reply to  Bigly
4 years ago

I would never count out the GOAT but I don’t know/think his shoulders would be able to handle the training he would need to do for a 200 fly. He started having shoulder problems leading into Rio (although Bowman stated this was because they needed to do a lot of work in such a short amount of time). I also never said Lochte had zero shot, I said it gets more difficult to train for the longer races the older you get and that the older athletes are more commonly sprinters, that doesn’t mean there aren’t exceptions like Cseh who can still swim a fast 200 fly at 32.

Mardo4
Reply to  Dudeman
4 years ago

Part of me wonders if he has jumped the shark and needs to retire gracefully…but then we had Ervin prove to everyone older talent can’t be counted out

Coach John
4 years ago

somebody get an interview with Gregg Troy and let’s see what’s going on here…. I’m seriously curious now.

Stan Crump
Reply to  Coach John
4 years ago

No kidding. Let’s go, SwimSwam! Inquiring minds want to know.

Bigly
4 years ago

Enthusiasm about his times really depends on whether he’s training the Troy way. From the events he entered, and his instagram post of going 8 X100 LCM from the blocks at a week’s end, he may be. If that’s the case, then these are pretty good times, because he had monster drops coming off high volume back when he trained with Troy. If he’s just going through the motions (which I doubt Troy would put up with), the times are terrible. I don’t care if he’s older — he has more all-around talent in his little finger than all but one retired guy and one current Gator. The 200 IM will be tough with Kalisz and potentially Dressel, but the… Read more »

Stan Crump
Reply to  Bigly
4 years ago

I agree and if he seriously training with Troy, he will have a better shot at the 400 IM than the 200 IM.

Caeleb Dressel Will Get 8 golds in Tokyo
Reply to  Stan Crump
4 years ago

400 , he’s wayyyyyyyy too old no way.

pnwswimmer
4 years ago

Any word if he was suited up? I know he swam in a speedo with Florida at in-season meets in the past.

Double Arm Freestyle
Reply to  pnwswimmer
4 years ago

Speedo for prelims, suited up at night

SwimGeek
Reply to  pnwswimmer
4 years ago

I assume you mean a “speedo” as in a briefs. Pretty sure TYR would not be happy if he was literally wearing a Speedo!

Coach John
Reply to  SwimGeek
4 years ago

it’s part of lexicon now… speedo=briefs since forever.