SwimSwam Pulse: 70% Bullish On Ryan Lochte’s 2020 Olympic Hopes

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 about Ryan Lochte‘s chances at a fifth-straight Olympic berth:


Question: Will Ryan Lochte make the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team?

  • Yes – 70.3%
  • No – 29.7%

About 70% of SwimSwam voters said Ryan Lochte would make the 2020 U.S. Olympic team, which would be his fifth straight.

That’s a strong vote of confidence from fans after Lochte missed more than a year on suspension for an illegal IV drip. Lochte returned to action at the end of this past summer, putting up some key swims at U.S. Nationals.

For last season, he ranks 4th among Americans in the 200 IM (1:57.76), likely his best shot at another Olympic qualifying run. Lochte also swam the 200 free (1:50.25), 100 back (55.08) and 100 fly (53.25). In 2016, he made the U.S. Olympic team as an individual in the 200 IM, and also qualified as part of the 4×200 free relay, where he won gold. He was 5th in Rio in the IM.

Here’s a look at last season’s U.S. ranks in the 200 IM:

  1. Chase Kalisz – 1:56.78
  2. Michael Andrew – 1:57.49
  3. Abrahm DeVine – 1:57.66
  4. Ryan Lochte – 1:57.76
  5. Carson Foster – 1:58.46

Kalisz had a major down season after going 1:55.4 in 2018. DeVine, too, added time from a year prior and had a change in training bases this year. Meanwhile Andrew is probably a better bet to focus on events like the 50 free or 100 breast, though he could still swim the 200 IM at Olympic Trials. All that combines to leave the door still open for the 35-year-old Lochte to qualify for yet another Olympic team.


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He will make it, major Phelps 2016 vibes, seems to be happier and have more perspective since his wife and child. Last years swim was impressive seeing as he was in sub-optimal shape and the event is open as it’s been in a while. The guy is a competitor and I wouldn’t bet against him.


Absolutely. I think he can go 1:55. easily, and that will surely be a lock for the team.


Forget the team, a 1:55 could put him in a position for gold!



Here Comes Lezak

Might be one of the few people in the world who can be out of shape and go 1:57


I think that group is only Lochte and Phelps.


I know im very early to this article but for the next poll about the american derby, nyb is currently at 4% and in front of dc who is currently at 0%. MA and the family voted early I see.

Sun Yangs Hammer

MA and the family downvoted too


I wonder if they really thought their roster would be good.


2IM is absolutely the most open event right now on the men’s side. Could be the slowest Q time in a few olympic cycles, which I doubt will hold true for just about any other event. That works heavily in Lochte’s favor. I think his biggest liability is that someone (Foster, Seliskar, DeVine, etc) drops to a 1:55. Because I think 1:55 high is where he tops out. But overall I do see him making the team as an >50% sort of chance.


DeVine 😂

Tea rex

Respectfully disagree. Even at less than 100%, Kalisz got a bronze this summer. In the 200 fly, breaststrokes, and distance, I think any medal at all would be a good outcome for USA. We’re just spoiled after 15 years of the Phelps show. America still has the deepest 2 IM bench in the world.


Deep bench, no real all stars.

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