Ryan Lochte Qualifies 1st in 200 IM at U.S. Open

2017 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Ryan Lochte qualified first in his best event, the 200 IM, through to finals on Saturday at the 2017 U.S. Open. He swam 1:59.82, which put him two seconds better than the #2 qualifier Sam Stewart (2:01.88) and #3 qualifier Michael Andrew (2:02.35).

That swim moves Lochte into 33rd in the world in 2017 and follows up on his 5th-place finish in the 100 backstroke on Saturday evening (55.16).

He will need to go at least 1:58.54 in finals of the 200 IM to achieve his stated goal of qualifying for the U.S. National Team. He also says he’s only practicing 1-2 times per week at present.

Aside from a few swims at Masters’ Nationals, this is Lochte’s first elite return to competition after a 10-month suspension following a post-racing incident in a gas station bathroom at the Rio Olympic Games.

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ERVINFORTHEWIN
5 years ago

On a different note guys in the Us : Tori Bowie is the new world champion in the 100 free ( Track & field ) !!! Oh Yeahhhhhhh

AWSI DOOGER
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
5 years ago

Not appreciated. Please don’t do that again. I’ve taped the track world championships for later viewing tonight. I had no idea I’d be risking a high profile result while checking Lochte’s time in a prelim.

Pvdh
Reply to  AWSI DOOGER
5 years ago

Number 1 rule of the internet. If you want to avoid spoilers for ANYTHING, stay off of it.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Pvdh
5 years ago

spoilers of what exactly ? lol ?

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  AWSI DOOGER
5 years ago

i do as i please MR . thank you for spoiling my passion .

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  AWSI DOOGER
5 years ago

it was a? joke to activate your susceptibility ….it worked well obviously

Pvdh
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
5 years ago

The lean heard round the world

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Pvdh
5 years ago

come again …….

Swimmer?
5 years ago

Lol the world record used to be 1:58.16 and it was SOOO fast back then

ERVINFORTHEWIN
5 years ago

Jeahhhh , i did it

Mlaformat
5 years ago

Rumor has it Big Mike, the 3 seed in this race, could scratch this race to focus on the 50 free tonight.

Uberfan
Reply to  Mlaformat
5 years ago

Nah his dad is too prideful and probably Wants to try beating Lochte

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Uberfan
5 years ago

come on – he knows Lochte is there and its too much to handle lol

jay ryan
5 years ago

That’s pretty fast for an AM swim for someone swimming only twice a week.

nah
Reply to  jay ryan
5 years ago

and being 33 years old

MLAformat
Reply to  jay ryan
5 years ago

Correction; “once or twice” a week.

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