The Charlotte sectional championship meet, loaded up by pros from the hosts SwimMAC Carolina, is taking on a feel almost like a Grand Prix as much as it does a sectional meet.
One of the headline races was the men’s 50 free, where self-declared best friends, and Olympians, Cullen Jones and Ryan Lochte battled with the likes of Mark Weber and Roy Burch in an all-out, 50 yard splash for glory.
Above is the video of the race, shared by fellow SwimMAC pro Eric Knight.
Jones would wind up winning in 19.58, with Lochte just above him taking 2nd in 19.66, Weber touching 3rd in 20.04, and Burch 4th in 20.07. Lochte’s lifetime best is a 19.22 from the 2007 Winter Nationals meet
Lochte, with a wildly different freestyle stroke than we’ve ever seen from him; when he pops up off of the turn, his more familiar gallop can be seen sneaking in, but for the most part he’s using an exclusive high power, high turnover straight armed stroke.
For comparison, below is a video of Lochte in the 200 free at the Austin Grand Prix in January of 2013.