Ryan Lochte Starts off Day 1 of the Florida Virtual Champs in Sarasota

Florida Virtual Championships – Site 1 (Sarasota)

Another weekend of competition kicked off in Sarasota, Florida today with the Florida Virtual Championships. While some competitors are over the age of 18 and ineligible to have their results count toward the USA Swimming 18&Under Winter Championships, many swimmers will contribute to it in this final weekend of its competition.

Olympic medalist and world record-holder Ryan Lochte competed in the 200 free and 100 fly during the prelims session, gliding into the finals as the top seed in both events with ease. He posted a 1:39.16 in the freestyle, not a great time for Lochte but plenty enough to skate through prelims. He finished the 100 fly with a time of 49.21, nearly 4 seconds off of his best time from the NC Speedo Championships in March of 2014.

Lochte ended the session with the fastest split on Gator Swim Club’s 200 free relay at 20.23. The relay of Florida alumni Enzo Martinez Scarpe (20.63), Lochte (20.23), ASU sophomore Julian Hill (21.60), and Florida alumni Grant Sanders (21.50) touched 1st at 1:23.96.

Earlier, Sanders snagged 2nd in the 200 free ahead of 16-year-old Liam Custer, with both swimmers adding over 3 seconds to their best times. The roles reversed later when Custer touched 1st in the 400IM with a time of 3:48.97, right on his best time. This ranks him #21 out of the all-time fastest 15-16 year-olds in the event. Sanders finished in 2nd place at 3:57.61, adding 17 seconds to his best, but making it into finals easily.

Another 18&Under standout on the men’s side this morning was 18-year-old Hayden Kwan who is the 2nd seed going into the 100 fly final behind Lochte after he posted a time of 49.45. This is a slight add for Kwan who swam a 48.31 at the 2019 Florida Spring Senior Championships. Kwan is ranked 1st going into finals in the 50 back (22.95), and 5th in the 200 free (1:41.44), the latter of which is a best time for Kwan by .35.

South Carolina post grad Nils Wich-Glasen took the 100 breast in a time of 55.52, 4 seconds off his best from 2017 SEC Championships. His Gator Swim Club teammate Jonathan Tybur snagged the 2nd place spot going into finals at 57.30. 15-year-old William Heary will be a part of that finals race tonight, ranked 4th after he swam a 58.22 which adds nearly 2 seconds to his best time from November.

On the women’ side, U.S. National Team member Emma Weyant posted 2 best times this morning, including her 200 free win in a time of 1:47.06. She finished with a 1 second lead over 16-year-old Natalie Mannion who touched in 2nd. Their Sarasota Sharks teammate Michaela Mattes snagged another top-3 finals spot, with a 1 second time drop of 1:48.54.

Weyant’s second lifetime-best time came in the last event of the prelims session, the 400IM. She touched in 1st by 10 seconds, with a time of 4:05.83. This shaves nearly 2 seconds off of her previous best from the YMCA SCY Nationals in April of 2019. 15-year-old Mattes snagged 2nd with a best time of 4:15.89, crushing her previous best from February, 2019 by 2.69 seconds.

Mannion later tied for 2nd place with 16-year-old Lydia Hanlon in the 100 fly with a time of 54.74. This was a 1 second add for Hanlon whose best is from the Florida FHSAA 3A Swim and Dive Championships last month. For Mannion this swim was a best time for by .43, while her previous best was also from November. 16-year-old Jordan Agliano snagged 1st with a time of 54.56, .62 off of her best. One of the youngest swimmers in the 100 fly finals tonight will be 14-year-old Addison Sauickie who is in 5th at 56.42, close to her best time.

16-year-old Katherine Sammy of Gator Swim Club touched 1st in the 50 back with a best time of 26.97, ahead of her teammate Georgia Bates (27.49). 13-year-old Taylor Schwenk dropped half a second to snag a top-3 spot going into finals with a time of 27.86.

Weyant’s younger sister, 15-year-old Gracie Weyant, is the top seed going into the 100 breast final after she swam a 1:04.05 this morning. This is about 2.5 seconds off of her best from the Florida FHSAA 4A Swim and Dive Championships last month where she won the event. 16-year-olds Eliza Brown and Hayley Clark are not far behind at 1:04.82 and 1:06.31 respectively. Both swimmers were slightly off of their personal best times.

The Sarasota Sharks ended the session with a win in the 200 free relay as their ‘A’ relay of Mannion (23.83), Sauickie (23.70), Emma Weyant (23.57), and Sarah Sensenbrenner (24.31) touched the wall 1st at 1:35.41.

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1 year ago

While it’s cool to have swimming famous people on deck, this is an 18&u event? Some 16 year old kid didn’t B final (or C whatever) cuz Lochte did.

Reply to  1650man
1 year ago

I don’t see anywhere in the meet information that says the meet is for 18 & Unders.


Reply to  1650man
1 year ago

Sorry, but are you serious? There are so many more meets being held at various sites instead of a single site, and then having their results merged virtually. I would assume this means that a lot of swimmers who otherwise wouldn’t have a second swim have now been able to. Ryan Lochte has chosen swimming as his current career. Why would he be any less entitled to a lane in the pool than a 16 yr old?

Also, I would assume you’re aware that some swimmers live in states where they are literally not even allowed in pools AT ALL right now? The swimmers able to compete are really really fortunate.

1 year ago

Is lochte allowed in the ISL? I know he was suspended for the IV but it wasn’t technically a banned substance.

Reply to  50free
1 year ago

Not sure why you’re getting down voted for asking a question. Anyway, he served a suspension for a doping violation, so no, he is not allowed in the ISL. While it wasn’t a banned substance, it was a banned amount (at least without medical need).

They’ve since removed restrictions on caffeine but it is a similar example: it used to be a doping violation if you had too high of a concentration of it in your blood, so while the caffeine itself wasn’t against the rules, using it in excess would get you a ban.

Last edited 1 year ago by sven
Irish Ringer
1 year ago

Is Lochte even winning heats at this point?

Michael Schwartz
Reply to  Irish Ringer
1 year ago

I mean, it’s not like he’s really been known for crazy fast times in season. He’s known for doing a crazy amount of events at meets like this and then back halting all of them. So…sounds like he’s doing what Lochte has always been known for doing.

Last edited 1 year ago by Michael Schwartz
Reply to  Irish Ringer
1 year ago

Besides winning both of his finals, Lochte easily won both of his morning individual heats and was on the GSC B relay that won the 200 free relay.
He definitely is swimming better than he did at the US Open last month, although SCY vs LCM.
He was openly talking about needing more recovery time than he used to.

1 year ago

Taylor Schwenk is the daughter of Olympian Trip Schwenk.

Reply to  Mark
1 year ago

I understand Trip is a police officer? If so, thank you for your service Mr. Schwenk.

Mark Usher
1 year ago

Lochte and Gregg Troy debriefing after the 200 free relay. He looked a lot sharper than when he swam here at the US Open last month. Also have to consider that today was SCY vs LCM at the US Open.
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The urchin whisperer
1 year ago

Splits for Lochte
200 free
100 fly

Reply to  The urchin whisperer
1 year ago

Wow. Glad his endurance is there. Hope for some big drops tonight

Reply to  The urchin whisperer
1 year ago

Final 100 split is within 1.5 seconds of both Haas and Farris last 100 from ’18 & ’19….took it out a bit slower of course

Reply to  PhillyMark
1 year ago

A bit slower? Yes indeed:) Farris was 42.9 and Haas 43.1 Lochte was 51.5

Irish Ringer
Reply to  The urchin whisperer
1 year ago

That was a warm up swim no doubt judging that first 100 on the 2free and almost even splitting the fly.

Reply to  The urchin whisperer
1 year ago

Jumped straight to the comments. Quick scan of the opening splits, thought this was LCM, my heart nearly leapt out of my chest as I read the subsequent splits.

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