2019 USA SWIMMING PRO SWIM SERIES – GREENSBORO
- November 6th-9th, 2019
- Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina
- 50m (LCM)
- Prelims at 9:00AM Eastern Time/Finals at 5:00PM Eastern Time (4:00 Eastern for Wednesday timed finals)
- Live Results
- Psych Sheets
- Thursday prelims heat sheet
The comeback trail continues for American swimmer Ryan Lochte, who in his first swim at the 2019 Pro Swim Series stop in Greensboro, North Carolina on Thursday swam a 2:01.73 in the 200 meter fly. At 35-years old, that’s the 2nd-fastest time of his career, behind only a 2:01.19 that he swam at the 2016 Southern Premier Meet.
Editor’s note: because Lochte is not a registered member of USMS, the swim does not count as a Masters National or World Record.
Most of Lochte’s career has been focused on IM, backstroke, and freestyle races, though he did really start to go after the 100 fly later in his career as he neared his 30s. He never won an Olympic or long course World Championship medal in butterfly (he has 12 and 27 of those, respectively, in his decorated career). He did take bronze in the 100 fly at the 2012 Short Course World Championships, however, using his monster underwaters to land on the podium.
The 200 fly, however, is an event that he never swam at any serious championship meet (national or international). That doesn’t make this swim as significant as, say, if he were the 2nd-best time of his career in the 200 IM or 200 back in early November; it does, however, still mean something, as he swam faster than he did in-season even in 2006 or 2010 or 2011 when he was in the prime of his career.
This supports Lochte’s claims that he feels as good as he did when he was at his swimming peak in 2012. Lochte returned from a 14 month suspension at this summer’s US National Championships and won the 200 IM there. In the 2 months thereafter, he lost 21 pounds to check in at 196 – which is basically the same weight that he raced at during the best moments of his career.
There is a bit of a vacuum in that 200 IM as the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials draw near, and more-and-more evidence indicates that the World Record holder Lochte might be the man to swim it, even though he’s spent more time suspended than eligible since the 2016 Summer Olympics. Last year, even 21 pounds heavy, he swam the 12th-ranked 200 IM in the world, and the 3rd-ranked in the US after Chase Kalisz (1:56.78) and Abrahm Devine (1:57.66). This 200 fly, where he had the 2nd-fastest closing 50 meters of any swimmer in the field on Thursday (31.23), gives even more credibility to his Olympic potential.