Still-Suspended Ryan Lochte Looks To Return To Racing At Masters Nats

Although American superstar Ryan Lochte still has 3 months left to serve on his U.S. national team competition suspension, the 32-year-old has plans to return to racing. While ineligible to swim at the 2017 U.S. Nationals and, thus, unable to qualify for the World Championships in Budapest, Lochte is determined to get back into racing by way of the United States Masters Swimming (USMS) National Championship meet.

The USMS-sanctioned short course yards competition is scheduled for April 28th to May 1st in Riverside, California, with Lochte participating in the males 30-34 age group. According to the psych sheets available on usms.org, Lochte is entered to race the 50/100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 200 free and 100/200 IM.

After seeing his image take a major hit following the gas station debacle in Rio, Lochte has slowly been making a comeback in the way of positive public persona and resulting sponsorships. Whereas immediately following the post-Olympics drunken incident, long-time sponsor Speedo, among other organizations, chose to end its relationship with the 12-time Olympic medalist, since last summer Lochte has been able to slowly re-enter the limelight, most recently with his ‘Dancing With the Stars’ stint and his sponsorship with TYR.

Elite-level swimmers racing at a Masters National meet is not completely out of the norm, with Olympian Nathan Adrian having competed in the past. The 28-year-old is slated to race against Lochte this year as well in Riverside, as Adrian is entered in the 100 fly, 100 IM, 50 free and 100 backstroke.

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PACFAN

Phew!
My mobile notifications had it cut off after “ret”

Return is a lot less worrisome than retired

Marc

Olympians Mike Alexandrov, Ed Moses, and Dimitiri Colupaev will also be there competing for Golden Road Aquatics

Joel Lin

I’d like to see Vanilla Ice entered in the 50 back. That’s all I’m asking for.

B00zer

Awesome to see Ryan back racing! Racing partying and boooooozin all you goody two shoes swimmers don’t like when swimmers party and race faster than you!

ERVINFORTHEWIN

love this one — thumbs UP . Ryan is an exceptional swimmer . Usa would have had less success without him alone for the past 15 years . To see him back is great . His infamous Lochte turn is innovating & beautiful to watch . Not many see that anymore .

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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