Ryan Lochte Swims 2nd-Best 200 Fly of His Career in Greensboro Prelims


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.

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I remember that 200 fly. Lochte went out like a madman (55.9), and was nearly ran down by a 16-year-old Zach Brown (now of NC State) as Brown achieved his first OT cut at 2:01.33. Crazy to watch. Good for Ryan!


I was also impressed by the way Ryan swam 100 free and 2fly….all under control until the last 50. That is having some confidence that he is fit. Watch out 2020!


Some top notch endurance in those splits from a 35 year old


Brown was actually 15 at the time


I had Zach Brown as a little 12 or 13yo in my NCS Select Camp group back in 2014. All those boys drove me nuts lol, but to watch Zach Brown develop from that camp to now is incredible. And I have my Lochte SwimMAC cap signed and framed ready for its stock to go up after Lochte’s redemption. I believe!


Braden Michael Andrew swam 1:57.4 at Tyr Pro Series Richmond.


Yes let’s see him go 200 fly @ 35


He was 1:57.4 in 200 IM at Richmond. In the article it says Chase, Devine, and Lochte however it is incorrect since MA did the 1:57.4. I was not addressing the 200 fly.


Hey Braden, was this a masters world record for the 200 fly (35-39)?

Human Ambition

World Records can only be established in a Masters meet as per FINA Rule MSW 5.3 which states the meet must be: a) formally sanctioned by a FINA Member Federation; and b) organized for or on behalf of a club or an organization, which is a member of this FINA Member Federation or recognized by FINA; and c) conducted under the rules of FINA (and specially those relevant to Masters Swimming); and d) in which only swimmers registered in a club member of a FINA Member Federation participated.


You can break Masters world records at USA Swimming meets, I’ve done it. You need to declare that you are going to do it though because they have to measure the pool before and after I think (if there’s a bulkhead). I do think you have to be a member of Master’s swimming and swim for your Master’s team though if I remember correctly. I barely missed one at the Mesa Pro meet one year, but set two at Future’s meet in Oregon a year or so later. Master’s American records are different though, this will definitely count for that if he submits it. Which I hope he doesn’t because it’s currently my record. 😉 With that said, props to… Read more »

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I just copied the text from USA Swimming who currently states that the meet needs to be master’s sanctioned.

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