Ryan Lochte put on a very special performance for all those in attendance at the 2015 Long Course Speedo Sectionals in Athens, GA, staying underwater for the entirety of his 50m freestyle and taking the disqualification.
Although he was disqualified for passing the 15-meter mark underwater, Lochte managed to stop the clock at 23.49, a time which was even faster than his prelim time of 23.55 where he swam full stroke freestyle.
Lochte has challenged himself to swim a 50 of underwater kicking before. The video below which was uploaded to youtube two years ago shows Lochte swimming a 50 yard dolphin kick on his back in 20.8.
In this video, Lochte is shown swimming a 50m dolphin kick on his back, and clocking in at 25.0. This video was uploaded to youtube in February of 2012, just a few months after Lochte dominated the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, China.
The fastest 50m fly kick that we could find record of was a 23.10 done by Hill Taylor with a full body suit. The video of Taylor’s performance can be found below.
All of the videos above show swimmers performing the task on their backs, however Thursday night Lochte completed the 50 on his front with a dive.