Ryan Lochte Confirms Training at SwimMAC Through 2016

SwimSwam reported that Ryan Lochte has Landed in Charlotte, but no official announcement had been made by Lochte about his plans to stay and train at SwimMAC under legendary coach, David Marsh.

Today Scott Fowler at the Charlotte Observer reports Lochte has committed to staying in Charlotte through the 2016 Olympics. He will be 32 by the time those are held. There would be only one reason why he would leave Charlotte earlier than that.  Lochte said:

 “I’ll be here through 2016, unless something happens where I start doing really bad in the sport. Then I’ll have to go back to where my swimming career started, back in Florida. But I don’t plan on getting any slower — 2016 is my biggest goal. I want to stick it out here and see what me and David Marsh can do.”

SwimMAC Head Coach David Marsh didn’t recruit Lochte, but Lochte’s buddy, Cullen Jones  (his roommate when the USA National Swimming travels) did advocate for the training environment.
David Marsh, CEO and Head Coach of SwimMAC

David Marsh, CEO and Head Coach of SwimMAC

Since the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Lochte’s been vocal about his desire to swim shorter races and focus on his speed. Greg Troy’s University of Florida Gators, where Lochte spent his entire elite career, is known as a hard-driving program geared more toward middle-distance.  Coach Marsh at SwimMAC has a reputation as a speed magician. His elite program operates like a high intensity training machine. Many of the athletes that come to Marsh already have a substantial base of training under their belts. With that base in place, Marsh conditions his pros, and they are truly professional athletes, to swim high in the water and at race pace. That’s it. That’s the focus of the program. SwimMAC, under Marsh’s watchful eye, is one of only a few programs in the United States that caters to older elites’ training needs.

Lochte told Fowler: 

“In my next swimming career, which started this morning, I want to train for some sprint events now…. I’m not done yet. I think there’s a lot more I can accomplish in the sport of swimming. I want to take my swimming to a new [level], and I want to bring it here to Charlotte.”

Lochte’s already made in-roads in the 100 meters butterfly, ripping a 51.48 in the semi finals at the 2013 FINA World Championships. (He was 6th in the finals with a 51.58.) Lochte’s 100 backstroke is a threat, if Marsh’s speed magic works, and history tells us it will. Nick Thoman’s Olympic silver medal in the 100 back is evidence enough.

See a SwimSwam inside look at the SwimMAC training machine here:

Read Scott Fowler’s entire report here. 

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7 years ago

Hurrah!! I think that this is a positive change for Ryan Lochte and for his bff Cullen Jones too. Hopefully they can keep each other on track for Rio 2016. I am really interested to see what changes, if any, Coach Marsh will make to Ryan’s training and technique.

Reply to  Manyi Eta-Okang
7 years ago

My guess is Marsh sent him a link to that video with Madison Kennedy climbing the rope knowing full good and well Lochte couldn’t pass up the opportunity of climbing the rope on a regular basis.


Reply to  NoLochteFan
7 years ago

I can’t figure out what this means….

Reply to  aswimfan
7 years ago

Means everyone knows he likes a good piece of arse. Or ten.

7 years ago

Looking forward to and excited to see what the environment at SwimMac will do for his 200IM and 100s, especially helping him hammer home the 100 free on that free relay if he is to be a part of it in the future.

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

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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