Ryan Lochte Scratches Semifinals of 100 Free after 49.13 in Prelims


Ryan Lochte has scratched the semifinals of the 100 free for tonight, after putting up a sixth place finish in prelims this morning with 49.13.

Even without Lochte swimming in semifinals or finals, U.S. Olympic men’s coach Bob Bowman can still name him to the relay team in Rio, but, most likely, another four swimmers will be fast enough to merit the relay spots.

With this scratch, Joshua Fleagle of OSU moves into the semifinals of the 100 free tonight.

This morning, the top qualifier was defending Olympic champion in the 100 free Nathan Adrian of Cal, who put up a 48.43. Ryan Held of NC State came up second with 48.46, followed by Caeleb Dressel of the Bolles School (48.69) and 2012 Olympian Anthony Ervin (48.76). NYAC’s Jimmy Feigen also came in ahead of Lochte with 49.03.

Lochte is the seventh-fastest American 100 freestyler in history with his 48.16 from Indianapolis in 2009. Barring any more scratches, he still has the 200 back, 200 IM, and 100 fly to go this week.

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They should add Lochte at least in the prelims of the 400 free relay. I think he could go 48 low or mid with a normal start. And he wouldn’t have the grueling 400 IM on his back anymore. That groin injury will get better. I think he should scratch the 200 back too, and probably the 100 fly. He has to make the team in 200 IM. And we know what his injury did for him on the 400. He shouldn’t take any chances.


Lol 48 low? I want what you’re smoking.


Ya, I definitely don’t see Lochte having anything more than a 48.5 in him. Sure he could perhaps go 47.high with a flying start at the Olympics, but so could a lot of the other guys.

Conger will be an interesting one for sure. I’m unsure of why he didn’t even attempt to swim prelims of this event to put up a time – he could still have scratched semis to focus on 200fly final tonight.

Victor Davis Was King

Ryan should not be allowed on relays period IMO, but certainly not the 4×100 where everytimes he swims it the US loses.

Sean S

I honestly don’t think that swim warrants a relay swim in Rio. If we’re assuming Phelps is going to at least be in prelims to earn a finals swim and I think Conger should be as well, and 5 guys were faster than Ryan this morning with more probably going faster in the next 2 rounds.


If you want to use Conger, Phelps and Locthe on the relay… and the top 6 are taken.. you have 9 guys to swim.. one must not swim and the relay only swimmers can´t be left out..


Actually, the way it’s shaping up, we might not be able to officially take 5 and 6 place finishers in the 100/200


i think it should just be the top 5 brought along, plus Phelps and Conger. If Phelps is swimming well, then give him and the 2 individual qualifiers a spot in finals. Use Conger and 3-5 at trials in prelims and whoever swims fastest gets the other spot.


Dressel, Phelps, Adrian, Conger should be in the final relay in that order. Phelps is an automatic selection for this relay. They are going to take 6 from the final. That leaves one possible spot left and if there is anyone else to get on the relay it should be Conger. Noway should Lochte get in that over Conger.


Um… Ryan Held swam too.

Steve Nolan

I don’t think Lochte or Conger should get a spot. Even Phelps is iffy IMO.

The thing with US Trials was that it used to be really cut and dried, for the most part. Seems like it’s getting extra muddled recently.


That damn relay rule brought the mud


hmm, wouldnt take Conger automatically, he didnt show his cards in the 100 free. Plus, he has the 800 free relay, maybe 200 fly, maybe 100 fly, that would be plenty enough. Use some of the sprinters who finish top 6 tomorrow.

ct swim fan

I agree, he could have swum the 100 free prelims ala Lochte and showed what he could do.Just because he did a great time last summer is no reason to believe he will do it again. After all, look at his 200 fly, 2 seconds worse than last summer. Let the people that swim and make it legitimately swim in the Olympics. How does anyone know what he can do, he declined to show us by scratching (not entering) not sure which. Some people were screeching last summer when people that qualified for Worlds a year prior were swimming events and stinking up the pool. Can’t have it both ways people.


I am a huge fan of Jack Conger, but I don’t think putting him on the anchor leg of a relay this big at the Olympics is the way to go… He has a history of being out touched at the end of his races, so I think he would be better suited in the middle of the team. Maybe Dressel, Conger, Phelps, Adrian would be a stronger fit for the relay. But who knows, maybe the adrenaline of being anchor could make him swim out of his mind fast.

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