Race Video: Ryan Lochte Wins 200 Free at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix at Mesa, 1:49.48

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Ryan Lochte and Darian Townsend took out the first 100 ahead of the field. Ryan Lochte took advantage of his under waters to finish the race with the win. Lochte finished with a time of 1:49.48, just ahead of Townsend at 1:49.94. Michael McBroom had great closing speed on the final 50, almost running down Townsend for second place. He finished in third with a 1:50.4.

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Lochte has COMPLETELY changed his freestyle stroke. If you compare this swim to his 200 free in Shanghai or his legs of the last USA 4×200 relays, it’s like watching 2 different swimmers.

Steve Nolan

Which I was surprised to see over a 200. His old stroke seemed much better suited to the distance.

I agree. I can understand the straight arm stroke for the shorter races like the 50m free and the 100m free but how will it work for the 200m free in the future?


Michael Klim comes to mind … However perhaps he is only experimenting


Can´t see Lochte as medal contender on 200 free anymore.. much less on 100.. but he is safe for a relay spot on 200 on 100 he will need to get some speed to be on a relay..


With the new training and the fact that he’s getting older, I think Lochte may still get faster in 100s, but I think his 200 especially 200 free will suffer. I will be very impressed if he can get to 1:45 low this summer.

Mark Savage

Compare Lochte from last year at Mesa


He’s 3rd from the bottom- he placed 6th 1:51.2

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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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