Ryan Lochte After 3rd Place Finish in 200 IM: “I’m still fighting”

2019 U.S. OPEN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Reported by Anne Lepesant.

MEN’S 200M IM – FINAL

Podium:

  1. Chase Kalisz, Athens Bulldogs/Georgia – 1:57.28
  2. Carson Foster, Mason Manta Rays – 1:57.59
  3. Ryan Lochte, Gator Swim Club – 1:58.89

Ryan Lochte blazed to an early lead with a 25.34 butterfly leg. He was followed by Carson Foster of Mason Manta Rays, who took over the lead after the backstroke leg. Lochte was in second place at the halfway point, while Daniel Sos of University of Louisville was in third. Chase Kalisz of Athens Bulldogs moved into first place after the breaststroke and was able to hold onto the lead until the end, setting a new U.S. Open Meet record with 1:57.28. Foster finished second in 1:57.59, while Lochte grabbed the bronze medal with 1:58.89.

This was Foster’s first sub-1:58. He came into the meet with a seed time of 1:58.48, which he earned at World Junior Championships this summer. He went 1:58.38 in prelims before dropping to 1:57.59 in the final. The NAG for 17-18 boys was set by Michael Phelps in August 2003 with 1:55.94. Foster ranks second all-time behind Phelps.

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Markster
9 months ago

Is it just me or does he still seem like he’s a littlee bit in the clouds

Bucs123
Reply to  Markster
9 months ago

It’s just you

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Markster
9 months ago

Judging by that stunt he tried to pull with the fake weight loss picture it’s hard to believe the guy is being straight with us or himself.

Woke Stasi
Reply to  Irish Ringer
9 months ago

Irish Ringer: your sentiments ring true.

Fraser Thorpe
Reply to  Irish Ringer
9 months ago

I seemed to have missed this? What did he try to do?

Doubter
Reply to  Fraser Thorpe
9 months ago

Check his instagram. He did a before and after weight loss pic showing he was back to his usual lean racing form as a product promotion. Then the next meet we saw him in he was still fairly chubby (for an elite swimmer)

Hank
Reply to  Markster
9 months ago

I thought the questions were redundant. I would have rather heard about where Ryan is at with his training and racing than about his family life. I thought he’d either be more disappointed with his time which was a second slower than summer Nationals or explain (optimistically) that he was in heavy training (doubtful). Still 1:58 is a very solid time especially if in-season and unrested. He sure doesn’t look rested.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Hank
9 months ago

He fell apart on freestyle leg, didn’t hold his underwater off the last wall very long, so he’s most likely not rested enough. We’ll have more data after his 400 IM and 200 free. Hoping it’s just his usual training-with-Troy slow as molassess until it counts. He’s be like 4:25 400 IMs in season, then go 4:05.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Markster
9 months ago

It’s just a matter of time before he says, “Number is just an age.”

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Markster
9 months ago

Just you you you

Cate
Reply to  Markster
9 months ago

That’s the way he’s always sounded.

swimboi
9 months ago

Let’s go Ryan.

Frankie 5 Angels
9 months ago

Jeah!!

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