Ryan Lochte to Anchor 400 Free Relay; Joined by Jones, Adrian, and Phelps

  164 Braden Keith | July 29th, 2012 | Featured, London 2012 Olympics, News

According to his agent, Erika WrightRyan Lochte will be anchoring the men’s 400 free relay in tonight’s finals.

There were a lot of questions surrounding this relay order; Lochte didn’t swim the 100 free in the finals at the Olympic Trials, but based on how well he’s been swimming, most speculated that if given the opportunity he could be one of the top four in the United States.

Lochte’s best ever time from a flat-start is a 48.16 from 2009 at US Nationals, but that was done in polyurethane. In 2010, he swam a 48.83 at US Nationals. In 2012, his best is a 48.91 from the Olympic Trials, though he’s already been far faster overall at this meet than he was in Omaha.

He will be joined by Nathan Adrian and Cullen Jones, who were 1st and second at the Olympic Trials in the race, and Michael Phelps. Interestingly, Phelps will swim 2nd, whereas he typically is allowed to lead off this relay. The US has given that honor to Adrian instead, which should be good preparation for his individual race.

1. Nathan Adrian
2. Michael Phelps
3. Cullen Jones
4. Ryan Lochte

Russia

1. Andrey Grechin
2. Nikita Lobintsev
3. Vlad Morozov
4. Danila Izotov

Australia

1. James Magnussen
2. Matt Targett
3. Eamon Sullivan
4. James Roberts

France

1. Amaury Leveaux
2. Fabien Gilot
3. Clement Lefert
4. Yannick Agnel

 

 

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164 Comments on "Ryan Lochte to Anchor 400 Free Relay; Joined by Jones, Adrian, and Phelps"


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John Sampson
4 years 28 days ago

I smell controversy…….but now all four guys should be 47s! That’d be awesome

Reezy nation
4 years 28 days ago

Seemed like Troy wanted to keep the line up under wraps. I’m rather surprised she would post that. Thoughts?

gosharks
4 years 28 days ago

I think this is a good move.

HKswimmer
4 years 28 days ago

Without taking risks, the US can’t possibly win. I think that even if the lineup according to trials might statistically be a safer bet, they can’t rely on conservatism to clinch this one from the Aussies. Any thoughts on what Magnussen’s going to produce?

completelyconquered
4 years 28 days ago

USA wins this one.

Andy Dixon
4 years 28 days ago

Anchor? I don’t like it. Can’t imagine why we would want Nathan to swim in the middle. Ryan’s swimming great but that doesn’t mean he can pop off a fast 100. Plus with the way Grevers swam this morning I thought it would be smart to include him. At least then youd know he’d split a 47 something, instead of just speculating what somebody else will do.

Chris
4 years 28 days ago

I think they want to use Phelps and Adrian at the front to keep the US in the mix, especially since Australia will lead off with Magnussen and Roberts.

CARDINAL
4 years 28 days ago

In the mix? Magnussen will touch the wall at least one full second before Phelps, mark my words. Australia to win in a world-record time of 3:07.82.

Andy Dixon
4 years 28 days ago

How can anyone take your comment seriously? A full second, quit grandstanding

Rafael
4 years 28 days ago

Actually… Magnussen is ONE second faster on textile than Phelps.. ( and any other american) so that´s is just harsh reality

Dab
4 years 28 days ago

looooolllll

Liliana
4 years 28 days ago

So who’s out? I suppose Jones is safe because of his second place? Do not tell me that Phelps or Grevers won’t be swimming 4×100?!

Rico
4 years 28 days ago

Didn’t Lochte go 48.8 in semi’s at trials? And the 400 free relay is also pretty much right after the 100 back semi’s. Should be a smart move to leave Grevers off. Especially at 6’8 229 he’s a big dude who needs plenty of recovery

gosharks
4 years 28 days ago

48.91 in semi’s at trials.

4 years 28 days ago

grevers did 52.9 in prelims an hour before he did a 47.5. if he takes it easy in the semi’s, he should be okay.

Philip Johnson
4 years 28 days ago

hope the US coaches know what they are doing. it seems they are pulling some tricks out of the bag by putting in Lochte. could be a gamble or a brilliant move. we will wait and see.

Swim Swim
4 years 28 days ago

I didn’t realize that the 400IM could determine how well you were spritining?
Don’t get me wrong, Lochte is looking awesome but it seems silly to put someone who has never posted a sub-48.5. Phelps should still be on the relay, or more so should have swam this morning, to see what he is capable of now. Not to take up someone else who is a prelims only swimmer spot, but because love him or hate him Phelps is one of the best 100 freestylers the US has. He’s been faster then Lochte untapered right? In the 11-12 season or am I imagining things?

4 years 28 days ago

in the columbus grand prix, he went 48.4, and negative split it :O, but still, this is the olympics, and phelps looks out of it for the moment. i ‘d rather put someone confident than someone who is “frustrated” with their performance.

Swim Swim
4 years 28 days ago

If it was anyone else I would agree with you, but I think it’s more fueled his ‘fire’. I don’t see Phelps not helping the relay. He might be better at sprinting, hopefully. Either way, wish Grevers had made it.

Ben
4 years 28 days ago

greevers out

Shiki
4 years 28 days ago

No Grevers? I want a team of MP, Lochte, Grevers, Adrian…..

Shiki
4 years 28 days ago

I had forgotten Jones…..

completelyconquered
4 years 28 days ago

YES!!!!!!!!!

MCATP
4 years 28 days ago

The issue with this relay is that Grevers has the 100bk final shortly before the relay. The only guys who are used to swimming multiple events in the same session are Phelps and Lochte. If Berens didn’t have the 200Fr he might have had a better 100 in the morning and make it to the finals. Lochte is used to recovering from a earlier race in the session. Has Grevers trained that way?

Neptune2029
4 years 28 days ago

These guys are pros and have all been there before. 30 min in between 100’s during an Olympic final. That should not be an issue.

CARDINAL
4 years 28 days ago

“The only guys who are used to swimming multiple events in the same session are Phelps and Lochte.”

Hey, I think I swam multiple times in one session when I was 10 years old and participating in my first swim meet.

MCATP
4 years 28 days ago

Ha yes yes I forget when we were ten and swam everything in one evening.

They did make the comment to Ricky about how this was his first double in an international competition. I think those small things do matter. Grevers is a medal favorite in the 100 bk compared to Berens who would just love to medal in the 200 Fr. Grevers might want to safely make it in the 100 bk since he swam in the morning. He also will have the medley.

Coach
4 years 28 days ago

Grevers did double this morning with a 47.5 as his 2nd swim of prelims.

Neptune2029
4 years 28 days ago

This will be interesting, but still a long shot to beat the Aussies so may not matter if they throw down a bunch of 47 mid-to-lows. Hard to take a 47.5 off when you don’t know what you will get from Jones and really Phelps. Hope Lochte has the speed to get out with these guys.

Philip Johnson
4 years 28 days ago

still a long shot? i agree it will be a shot, but the Aussie’s didn’t really separate themselves from the field. especially when Roberts looks to be underperforming. the Aussie’s are the favorite, but i think it’s going to be closer than a lot of people think.

ZYNG43
4 years 28 days ago

A little nervous about what Jones is gonna do… I like him alot but hope hes at his best

Philip Johnson
4 years 28 days ago

agreed, Jones is erratic at times.

4 years 28 days ago

nervous what phelps is going to do. for someone who looked like a gold medal contender to fail to medal, that’s more inconsistent than jones ever was.

ZYNG43
4 years 28 days ago

Nervous about this relay in general

Coach
4 years 28 days ago

+1 But it looks like all teams have some uncertainties.

Eve
4 years 28 days ago

*pops xanax*

TX Swimmer
4 years 28 days ago

Roberts did not look good in the Semi. The US team at this point is looking stronger. Coaches would not have put lochte if they knew they had better options. This team will pull off the win. I hope MP can at least lead off with a 48 flat.

joeb
4 years 28 days ago

Grevers went 47.5 this morning and gets bumped off? His coach isn’t there to defend him, where Bowman, Troy, and Marsh are all there! Not fair to me unless it was Matt’s idea.

ZYNG43
4 years 28 days ago

Grevers may have had some input… Maybe he knows he can’t be at his best with suck a quick turn around

ZYNG43
4 years 28 days ago

*such

Rafael
4 years 28 days ago

But Tomaso looked Good for the aussies.

Roberts may be pulled off the team…

Liliana
4 years 28 days ago

Pat Forde [email protected]

Lochte agent tweeted, then deleted, that Ryan will anchor for US tonight. Working on confirmation.

ZYNG43
4 years 28 days ago

haha pretty sure she was not supposed to make that public

Eve
4 years 28 days ago

I was watching BBC feed this am and Ian Thorpe stated that US team looked “stronger than he thought.” I also read that the tweet was deleted. I guess we will see.

ZYNG43
4 years 28 days ago

weird…

TX Swimmer
4 years 28 days ago

The WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION are in trouble!

MCATP
4 years 28 days ago

Relay in order: Adrian, Phelps, Jones, & Lochte

ZYNG43
4 years 28 days ago

wow thought phelps would lead off

MCATP
4 years 28 days ago

I believe the Aussies are front loading their relay with speed so Maybe the US is doing the same so they can try and keep it close at the beginning.

Rafael
4 years 28 days ago

If Phelps does not go a 47 on relay start.. we will know that last night was not only a bad day..

MCATP
4 years 28 days ago

I agree. Seeing how he swims this will probably determine how the rest of his meet goes outside of the 200fly.

Philip Johnson
4 years 28 days ago

you are all over Phelps arn’t you?

Philip Johnson
4 years 28 days ago

and i’m still holding you to your word Pereira will challenge him in the 200 IM. you also said Brazil was a threat in the 400 free relay specifically to the US.

Rafael
4 years 28 days ago

Philip

It´s US that is taking a gamble on Phelps.. not me.. I´m still standing with my position that last night was not only a “bad day”

CARDINAL
4 years 28 days ago

I am pretty sure Phelps has only gone under 48 once in his career (47.51 in Beijing), and he was wearing a LZR bodysuit. If he goes under 48.50 I will be extremely surprised. The guy is not a freestyle sprinter, never has been, and never will be (LOL at his mother wanting him to train for the 50m free to qualify for Rio; the guy can`t even break 23 seconds).

Rafael
4 years 28 days ago

I was count 47 high with a Relay star.. not a flat.. but even is he goes 48 low on relay it will surprise me..

junker23
4 years 28 days ago

Aaaaaayoooo! Phelps swims like a BOSS.

He was 48.5 at random Grand Prix, there was no way he was splitting slower than that.

Liliana
4 years 28 days ago

Wow…okay.

CapsWolverinesUSA
4 years 28 days ago

When is the last time Phelps swam a middle leg of a relay? Not that the relay start is rocket science, but it seems like an odd risk too take not leading him off.

CapsWolverinesUSA
4 years 28 days ago

Duh. Medley relay. I’m a moron. I wonder if Adrian as leadoff is a matchup issue.

Jean Marie
4 years 28 days ago

If it wasn’t for the backstroke semi, I would definitely put Matt ahead of Cullen on the relay. I remember in 2008 he had the slowest leg and if it wasn’t for Jason, the USA would not have won the gold.

CARDINAL
4 years 28 days ago

I remember in 2008 when Michael Phelps was capable of going a 4:03.84 in the 400m IM.

So your point is?…

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