SwimSwam Pulse: 65% Think Lochte Will Enter 400 IM at U.S. Trials

SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.

Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers to weigh in on whether defending Olympic champ Ryan Lochte will enter the 400 IM at U.S. Olympic Trials:


Will Ryan Lochte swim 400 IM at U.S. Olympic Trials:

  • Yes – 65.0%
  • No – 35.0%

Almost two-thirds of SwimSwam poll voters said they expect Ryan Lochte to attempt a defense of his 400 IM title at the U.S. Olympic Trials in just over a week.

Though Lochte won the event at the London Olympics in 2012, he hasn’t contested the race much in the four years since.

Lochte swam it just twice in 2013, at the Santa Clara Pro Swim Series (then called the Grand Prix series) before suffering his major knee injury that fall.

Since then, he’s swum the event just 6 times in roughly 3 years. His times in 2015 (4:21 and 4:22) didn’t make much of an impression, but his 4:12.66 at the Pro Swim Series in Austin just 5 months ago was a profound indicator that Lochte could still very much contend for an Olympic berth even at age 31.

The worry is that two 400 IMs on opening day of Olympics Trials (and potentially the Olympics) could wear out the aging star for the rest of his slate of events, which could also include any combination of the 200 IM, 200 free, 200 back, 100 free and 100 fly, though the 200 IM seems the only “sure thing” of the bunch.

On the other hand, Lochte is no stranger to crowded event lineups, and was a tough leader for Team USA at last summer’s World Championships.

With entries for Olympic Trials closing next Monday, we should know within a week whether Lochte will take on the 400 IM or not.


Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Pollwhich asks whether Michael Phelps will swim the 200 free at the U.S. Olympic Trials, and if so, for how many rounds:

Will Michael Phelps swim the 200 free at Olympic Trials?

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4 years ago

PSA: Gretchen Walsh qualified in 50 free 25.96!! 13 years old now youngest qualifier!

4 years ago

I don’t think his entering the 4IM will tell us if he intends to swim out or not. lots of swimmers enter all their qualified events with no intention of swimming them all.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Jimswim
4 years ago

And it’s a nightmare for the swimswam predictions contests. 🙂

Rough swimmer
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

I bet you always win swimswam prediction contests.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Rough swimmer
4 years ago

I never play.
Anyway I’m not the king of predictions.
Sometimes it’s great. Sometimes it’s awful. 🙂

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Remember San Antonio?

Reply to  Rough swimmer
4 years ago

I’d take that bet.

Reply to  Jimswim
4 years ago

It would be great to see him have a go at the 400IM. It’s astonishing that he is still so competitive at the toughest event on the roster at the age of 31. Any medal at the Olympics will be a win for this star of the sport.

4 years ago

Wait, doesn’t this seem a little bit suspicious? #illuminaticonfirmed

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