Ryan Lochte on Practice Lately: “Maybe in a week, I’d be there 4 times” (Video)

2019 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Reported by Lauren Neidigh.

Olympic champion Ryan Lochte returned to competition this week in Palo Alto, California, racing for the first time in over a year as his 14-month suspension expired this week. Lochte kicked things off with a 200 IM time trial on Wednesday, posting a 1:57.88. That was his fastest time in the event since the 2016 Rio Olympics by a full second. Tonight, he lowered that mark a bit to win the title in 1:57.76. Lochte finished over a second ahead of the field.

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snorkel
2 years ago

jeah baby

Bruh
2 years ago

Ryan “I love my family” Lochte

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  Bruh
2 years ago

Can’t wait to see Caiden at Tokyo with some grillz instead of Boomer with the stupid Beats on.

Justin Thompson
2 years ago

On one hand I’m happy he’s spending time with his family, on the other it maybe too little too late if he’s going to start training hard now. A 1:57.7 with little training is impressive, so who knows. With 10 solid months of training maybe he can pop a 1:55.

Wolfpack
Reply to  Justin Thompson
2 years ago

I wouldn’t say a year is to little for the world record holder, considering that he still threw down two 1:57s this week

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Wolfpack
2 years ago

agreed – there will be a lot of nay sayers who have no clue what Lochte can do in a year time on this forum .

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
2 years ago

There are no naysayers on this forum. Wait…

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Ol’ Longhorn
2 years ago

Throw down a prediction.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Justin Thompson
2 years ago

I’m thinking 1:55.5ish. Trains only 2 free, 2 IM. Takes Dressel’s pre-workout. I think I’m good with that.

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Wolfpack
2 years ago

Maybe not, but a lot has to go right in the next year and he’s not getting any younger. The knee/groin has to hold up, he has to stay out of trouble and he has to put in the work. You may not like hearing it, but it’s a long tough road for him.

Dave
Reply to  Wolfpack
2 years ago

Judging from the World Championships. this is the only event I see him having any chance at medalling and he could easily win it. That was probably the softest event in the whole WC meet. If I were him that’s the only one I’d be preparing for….

Fdsnjn
Reply to  Justin Thompson
2 years ago

Idk he could very reasonably do a Conor Dwyer and get it together very quickly. I’ll be rooting for him regardless!

Pvdh
2 years ago

One more year of the work he put in from 2004-2012 and he’ll win the 200 IM.

Cate
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

Sure

Pvdh
Reply to  Cate
2 years ago

Lochte probably did 1;56.1’s like Setos winning time for warmup in practice back in the day

Gator
Reply to  Cate
2 years ago

Yes and we know Ryan always tells the truth

USA
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

*at trials

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

He beats Dressel?

612
Reply to  Ol’ Longhorn
2 years ago

Very legitimate question. People forget he threw down a ridiculous 200 IM at SEC’s with little to no rest. We’ve barely scratched the surface of what he could do in that event.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  612
2 years ago

No one’s forgotten. They literally talk about his 200 IM prowess all the time on these boards.

Dave
Reply to  Ol’ Longhorn
2 years ago

Do you think Dressel will actually swim it?

Cate
2 years ago

He’ll never make another Olympic team.

On jah
Reply to  Cate
2 years ago

boy you dumb asf

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Cate
2 years ago

with that mindset , u will never win yourself anythig in life

Dave
Reply to  Cate
2 years ago

Oh he’s got a great chance to be on the team. Based on the World’s pedestrian times, he could easily win it too.

notaswimmer
2 years ago

Caeleb Dressel should take on the 200 IM. If Kalisz rebounds, I don’t think Lochte will be able to make the Olympic team on the 200 IM, but that’s fine because at his age I doubt he’ll be a reliable performer at such a distance.

DEAN IS GOD
Reply to  notaswimmer
2 years ago

Who besides a FULLY HEALTHY Kalisz with a perfect race can beat Ryan Lochte after a year of training?

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  DEAN IS GOD
2 years ago

You are assuming that a 35 year old will improve considerably via a year of training, as he approaches 36. I am not ready to join. So many things can go wrong. The 1:54 is used as reference but that was a long time ago. Lochte went 1:56.2 in the Trials final in 2016. That’s the reason I don’t think he’ll be below 1:57 in 2020. Also, Lochte has always had slow lazy touches. His best times would be lower without that tendency. If it comes down to a photo finish the other guy is going to want it more and be more aggressive at the wall.

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
2 years ago

Groin injury at trials and Olympics. In warmups in Rio, he didn’t do any breastroke kick. Knee injury before that.

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  DEAN IS GOD
2 years ago

Regan Smith

Justhereforfun
Reply to  notaswimmer
2 years ago

The only time Dressel has HINTED to us that he can swim the 200IM is when he dropped the 1:38.1 SCY 200IM, and even that can’t tell us much about his potential in LCM, since his LCM PB is barely under 2:02. Lochte definitely has challengers to that 200IM individual spot, but at this very moment, Dressel isn’t one of them.

SWIMGUY12345
Reply to  Justhereforfun
2 years ago

I do think Lochte can be top 2 in the 200 IM depending on breakout performances, who’s on fire, etc.

I will say that Dressel could probably be a top contender in the 200 IM if he wanted to. His 100’s of strokes besides backstroke are elite to say the least. And I don’t think his backstroke would be bad at all. I could easily see Dressel swimming a 1:01.0 or better 100 breast and 56.0 or better 100 back.

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Billabong
Reply to  SWIMGUY12345
2 years ago

Oh no……not more David Nolan chat. Surely we have given up on him by now.

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  Justhereforfun
2 years ago

WHAT!?

Daniel Carr
Reply to  notaswimmer
2 years ago

Dressel will not take on the 200 IM at the Olympics, I’d be thinking more of the improvement of some of the younger ones like Shaine Casas

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Daniel Carr
2 years ago

think so too – so much room for improvement for him ….he was with the 2 leaders all the way through the 4 strokes & with a year of training LC – he could get a spot in the 100 back & 200 IM – in the same time , i would love to see Lochte there as well .

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  notaswimmer
2 years ago

there is no ” Caeleb should do this or that ” right now ….he decides what’s best for him & he has enough on his plate when u look back to his worlds schedule .

Knows Nothing
Reply to  notaswimmer
2 years ago

Well he swam it consistently well (for his current level of fitness) 3 times this past weekend.

Marklewis
2 years ago

He’s been to 4 Olympics, so he knows what’s required to prepare. He’s back with the coach that took him to the incredible heights of WRs and Olympic gold medals.

He’ll have to put in the training and stay healthy. His talent for swimming the four strokes is still there.

I think his 200 IM WR is one of the greatest races ever swum. Michael Phelps tried and tried but couldn’t break it.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Marklewis
2 years ago

agreed – That Race in 2011 was amazing

Tim
Reply to  Marklewis
2 years ago

“Michael Phelps tried and tried but couldn’t break it” – not really. He wasn’t 100% fit in 2011 and went 1:54.16. I actually think he wanted to take it down in Rio but he was too old/the schedule was too difficult by then. I have no doubt Phelps could have gone 1:53 in his prime given that he went 1:54 in Rio.

PhillyMark
Reply to  Tim
2 years ago

I do think MP was eager to get that record back. It was evident with his wall touch in Rio. He was well ahead of the field and his place was not in doubt, but basically was looking at the clock b4 he even touched the wall expecting to see a 1:53

Tim
Reply to  PhillyMark
2 years ago

I agree he definitely wanted to beat it but he didn’t try over and over like the comment said. He only swam 3 fully tapered 200IMs after 2011.

The Voice if Reason
Reply to  Tim
2 years ago

“I have no doubt Phelps could have gone 1:53 in his prime . . .” Except he obviously didn’t. 🤔

Quack
2 years ago

Very off topic, but did anyone else see that Will Licon got a warning from USADA a few days ago???

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