Ryan Lochte Races 200 IM/200 Back Double at BSS New Year’s Meet

BSS NEW YEAR’S MEET

  • Saturday, Jan 2, 2021
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Results on MM: ‘Bolles School Sharks New Years Meet’

The pro group with Gator Swim Club raced yesterday in a one-session meet in Jacksonville, Fla., with the Bolles School Sharks. Among competitors on Saturday morning was four-time Olympian Ryan Lochte, who swam the 200 IM and 200 back.

Lochte, who has been deep in winter training (he posted to social media on Friday that his training group at UF did an 8400-meter workout to kick off the New Year), clocked a 2:03.37 in the 200 IM to kick off his day of racing. For reference, his best time in this event in the 2020 calendar year was a 2:00.05 from February.

In the 200 back, Lochte won by over 10 seconds, producing a 2:06.08. The 36-year-old only swam one official 200 back in 2020, going 2:03.83 in November at the U.S. Open site in Sarasota.

Finishing behind Lochte in the 200 IM were his GSC pro group teammates Tom Peribonio (2:04.95) and Grant Sanders (2:06.50). Peribonio would go on to win the 400 IM (4:33.40).

Drew Loy earned a lifetime best in the 100 fly yesterday, breaking a minute for the first time with a 55.99. His old best, from 2015, was a 1:01.65. Loy was a fantastic mid-distance freestyler and IMer in college at Ohio State, and his yards best in this event is also pre-college, from 2015, at 50.96.

Loy also won the 100 free (51.91) and took second in the 200 free (1:57.74).

OTHER NOTABLE SWIMS

  • Julian Hill, training with GSC as his Arizona State program is redshirting the 2020-21 NCAA season, won the 200 free (1:53.98) and 400 free (4:02.43). He also took third in the 100 free (53.38).
  • Jonathan Tybur of GSC posted wins in both breaststrokes, going 1:03.68 in the 100 and 2:19.29 in the 200.
  • GSC’s Enzo Martinez Scarpe won the 50 free, clocking a 23.51.

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Hmmmm
18 days ago

If he makes a he Olympic team it will be the most impressive taper I’ve ever seen (gives his history with taper and age, that’s entirely possible)

Konner Scott
Reply to  Hmmmm
18 days ago

Greatness finds a way.

Troll Longhorn
Reply to  Konner Scott
17 days ago

I don’t know. There’s nothing he’s done recently to suggest he has a 1:56 IM in him and itay take a 1;55 to make the team.

Sun Yangs Hammer
18 days ago

Gregg Troy is not giving this guy a break. From the looks of it he’s doing more “honest work” than in the lead up to Rio.

Ghost
Reply to  Sun Yangs Hammer
18 days ago

Marsh vs Troy!?!

Waader
18 days ago

Honestly, who still believes this guys will make the Olympic team?

It doesn’t really look like he’s been getting better since 2019, in the contrary.

Doconc
Reply to  Waader
18 days ago

I do. Cut 6 secs and he’s right there

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
Reply to  Waader
18 days ago

I saw the recent pic of him and he looks like slim and fit. I believe he can make it.

Admin
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
18 days ago

I guess I believe he *can* make it. I don’t expect him to, however.

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
Reply to  Braden Keith
18 days ago

Good a shot as anybody.

Justanotherfreestyler
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
18 days ago

Pretty sure he has a worse shot than Chase there Sam

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
Reply to  Justanotherfreestyler
18 days ago

I can agree that only Chase has a better chance, good point

Admin
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
18 days ago

I would disagree that he has as good of a shot as anybody.

In the 200 IM specifically, I’d say he has a worse shot than Carson Foster and Chase Kalisz, and a slightly worse chance than Andrew Seliskar. I’d say he has a similar chance to Sam Stewart or Shaine Casas. I’d say he’s got a better shot than Josh Prenot, and probably Michael Andrew (the top American in the event last season), based on MA’s ISL performance. We’ll see if MA gets his training figured out.

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
Reply to  Braden Keith
18 days ago

Wow Braden, I think you’re really selling Ryan short – similar chance to Sam Stewart??

And Carson has a best of 1:57, correct? Ryan is easily right there…

Dudeman
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
18 days ago

That’s Carson’s best from last year though, he’ll have had a year training at texas by the time trials come around so I’m thinking he’ll be faster than that. We also saw how well Carson did in the 400IM SCY a couple months ago, if his 200 IM is around 1:56 Lochte may have a much harder time. That being said I would love to see lochte swimming faster than he did in Rio in the 2IM

MICHAEL
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
18 days ago

I mean he won nations in a 1:57 in the 200 IM back in 2019 right? And did you see him then? Was not exactly rockin’ the abs from before. If he can do a 1:57 then and has been cranking out 8K workouts consistently for the last year and he still has 6 months to go before he tapers then yea…he could do it. He could easily get down to 1:55 range and that is absolutely in play for making the team. Honestly, the Olympics getting delayed a year (keeping in mind this is assuming they are still going to happen in 2021) was probably the best thing that could have happened for Ryan.

Hswimmer
Reply to  Braden Keith
18 days ago

Braden really? I think you know how the Gators train in season look at E. Beisel for example she trained so hard and always dropped a good taper and made it every time.

B1GBOI
Reply to  Hswimmer
17 days ago

I think y’all are all forgetting what it means to be 36 years old. Yes, Ryan Lochte at 36 is better than 99.99% of swimmers anywhere will be at any age. But he’s competing against that .01% at the Olympic Trials.

I know all of the middle-aged coaches out there WANT to believe that you can be at peak athletic performance at 36 years old…but that’s just not the reality of the situation.

N P
Reply to  B1GBOI
17 days ago

“Hi, my name’s Ervin.”

Khachaturian
Reply to  Braden Keith
18 days ago

I agree, but I think he has a better chance than Sam Stewart. It would take the best swim from him to make the Olympic team.

Doconc
Reply to  Braden Keith
18 days ago

How is casas less likely? Fastest in country in 200 yards this year

Foster has potential but what has he won?

Admin
Reply to  Doconc
17 days ago

Casas is less likely because the 200 IM final comes 2 races after the 200 back final. Granted, if he winds up skipping the 200 back, I think that would change my projection, but…the 200 back is a lot less crowded right now than the 200 IM. To make the team in the 200 back he basically has to get through Jacob Pebley (who is swimming pretty well, granted). To medal, he’s gotta get through…an aging Irie? Larkin, who hasn’t confirmed if he’s choosing the 200 back or the 200 IM? The 200 IM field domestically above I laid out – it’s thick. Gets even worse internationally with Wang, Seto, Qin… In a vacuum, I agree re: Casas. But, that… Read more »

Doconc
Reply to  Braden Keith
17 days ago

Are u sure CF doesn’t swim the 200 back as well? He is top notch there too

Dudeman
Reply to  Doconc
17 days ago

Possible but his 200 IM has improved a lot more the last couple of years than his 200 back. His 200 back is a 1:57 which while good, doesn’t stand a chance of making the olympic team, even if he improves by a full second. His 200 IM however is competitive where he is right now, if he drops into a 1:56 then it’d be very hard for multiple people to beat him

YaYeeter
Reply to  Braden Keith
17 days ago

Really wanna see MIchael Andrew thrive

Jack
Reply to  Waader
18 days ago

Even in his prime, he had a tendency to look terrible in-season. There were a lot of meets where if you’d never heard the name Lochte, you’d never guess that that guy could make an Olympic team, let alone be one of the sport’s greats.

Does that mean he’s in a great spot to make the team? No. But it does mean that seeing an older Lochte look awful in season is not the red flag it would be for other swimmers of his caliber.

Ghost
Reply to  Jack
18 days ago

Main reason he has a history of being awful in season is that Troy never let them wear a tech suit! Is that still happening this weekend!

Michael Andrew Wilson
Reply to  Ghost
18 days ago

A key question, this ☝️

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Ghost
17 days ago

A tech suit doesn’t take you from a 4:21 or worse in-season 400 IM to a 4:05.

N P
Reply to  Waader
18 days ago

Look at it this way. In the lead-up to the ’11 Worlds (where Lochte went 1:54.00 remember) he was slower than 2:03.37 five different times. Now, granted 4 of those times were in prelims, and I don’t expect him to go 1:54, but a time in January is hardly indicative of disaster from him.

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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