Olympic Champion Ryan Lochte Kicks 50m Underwater in 23.37 in Practice

Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte is finishing his preparations for this weekend’s US Open Championships (he’ll be at the Sarasota site), and showed off on Tuesday with a 23.37 underwater 50 dolphin kick from a push.

While we’ve seen faster underwater 50 meter kicks (like this one from Mitchell Whyte), from a push this is a very fast time. By comparison, at a meet in 2015, when Lochte was 5 years younger and closer to the prime of his swimming career, he underwater-kicked just 23.49 at a Sectionals meet in the 50 free.

Lochte did the kick mostly on his back. He’s said before that he feels like he kicks faster underwater on his back – which was the impetus for the “Lochte rule” that prevents swimmers from kicking on their backs on the freestyle leg of an IM race.

 

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50 meters underwater after practice. 23.37, I’ll take that for right now but needs improvement @tyrsport #underwater #dolphin #speed

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Lochte is entered in 5 races for the Sarasota meet of the US Open: the 200 IM, 200 free, 100 back, 200 back, and 100 free. His coach Gregg Troy is notorious for over-entering swimmers and then scratching their way back to a planned schedule, so we don’t know for sure what races he’ll swim.

Lochte is working on a comeback from a 14-month suspension caused by an anti-doping rules violation. In his first meet back, the US National Championships last summer, he swam a 1:57.88 in a time trial followed by a 1:57.76 in the actual 200 IM event. Those were his best times since the 2016 Olympic Games by over a second and ranked him 12th in the world.

Lochte has 12 Olympic medals, including 6 of which are gold, and is the current World Record holder in the 200 IM.

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eagleswim
17 days ago

he’s amazing. I would also like to take this as an opportunity to point out that the lochte rule is really dumb.

Swimmy444
Reply to  eagleswim
17 days ago

lol I thought you said” I’d also like to point out that Lochte is really dumb.

Olympian
Reply to  Swimmy444
17 days ago

That too

Waader
Reply to  eagleswim
17 days ago

Yeah for some reason fina thinks that being on your back = backstroke, which is beyond me. By that logic dolphin kicks should also not be allowed during the freestyle leg of the IM, but hey, I’m not in charge so who cares what I think.

NoFlyKick
Reply to  Waader
17 days ago

Yea, and it’s fine to do dolphin kicks in breaststroke races as long as you make a log of bubbles.

Skoorbnagol
17 days ago

Love it
Lochte could easily be 21 in a suit and from a dive.
Based of ISL showings the 200IM is maybe the most open event in the world now, no one is splitting quicker from to 50m-65m thats for sure.

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
Reply to  Skoorbnagol
17 days ago

It seems like Seto and Hagino are the favorites.

Aussie Crawl
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
17 days ago

Seto has been suspended for 12 months
Is that correct?

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Aussie Crawl
17 days ago

No. Just for the rest of this year. And in case people get the wrong idea it is for infidelity which is an ethics violation.

Don’t know what effect it will have on him training wise. He was almost a lock for the 4IM in Tokyo and a very strong favourite for 2IM.

Last edited 17 days ago by The unoriginal Tim
John
Reply to  Aussie Crawl
17 days ago

isnt it more of a self-imposed / NGB mutual decision to not race for this season. there is no binding agreement with this in regards to FINA unless he competes domestically which his NGB would prevent.

Aussie Crawl
Reply to  Aussie Crawl
16 days ago

Thanks for the clarification guys.
I knew it was a ethics issue.

Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
Reply to  Skoorbnagol
17 days ago

None of the three Gwangju 200 IM medalists (Seto, Desplanches, Kalisz) are at ISL. Neither are Shun, Larkin and young swimmers like Foster.

X Glide
17 days ago

This dude is so fast in a brief. I just remember all those Grand Prix meets where he’d A final and maybe even get top 3 wearing his bright pink brief lol.

Andreas
Reply to  X Glide
17 days ago

He’s just faster in general, especially in his prime

Johnson
Reply to  Andreas
17 days ago

He is 5hst great he’s a leo

Anonymoose
Reply to  X Glide
17 days ago

he’d win the 200im and 200 back in that pink one lol. not just get 3rd. and the 400im

Last edited 17 days ago by Anonymoose
Anonymoose
Reply to  Anonymoose
16 days ago

that ‘d is a did not a would. he did win grand prix races in his brief back in the day

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