11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte guns for speed on his fourth run at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Lochte has amassed an enormous base of training under Coach Gregg Troy at the University of Florida, and he’s shown speed, but his training was geared for the 400 IM. The speed we witnessed was evidence of an extraordinarily talented swimmer (and coach Troy’s ability to push Lochte’s very broad limits). Lochte’s move to SwimMAC Team Elite in Charlotte, North Carolina is calculated, a shift in focus to 100 and 200 meter races only. Lochte made the move after watching his friend and Olympic peer Cullen Jones develop into a 4-time Olympic medalist in the sprint freestyle events.
Under SwimMAC CEO and Head Coach David Marsh, Lochte has been drilling-down on his explosive power. Coach Marsh is famous for making slight changes and tiny tweaks to squeeze every ounce of power from a swimmer’s stroke. Lochte’s already opening up his freestyle a bit more, going over-the-barrel as Marsh would say. You can expect to see more tweaks in breaststroke and backstroke over 2014 and 2015.
Coach Marsh will be the first to say his training method for truly professional elites like Lochte isn’t ideal without the time, effort and energy their coaches invested developing their bases over many, many years. It’s a two-coach effort. Several coaches are now collaborating with Marsh, sending elite college swimmers to SwimMAC for the summer season. Some elites, like Tyler Clary, are adopting a two-coach effort. Marsh will guide most of the speed and power work for the 2012 200 backstroke gold medalist, while Clary’s coach in Michigan, Mike Bottom, will manage pockets of the season scheduled for base-work and threshold training.