Will Ryan Lochte Make the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team?

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte looked a little rough at the recent San Antonia Pro Swim, swimming 2:02.03 in the 200m IM, but he always swims slowly in-season, and Caeleb Dressel swam slowly, and they’re both in Coach Gregg Troy‘s clutches. In sum, we know they’re doing hard work–certainly broken down at this point in their training cycle.

“If there was an 800 IM at the Olympics, I would be swimming it,” Ryan Lochte said in his last Gold Medal Minute back in October 2020.  He also revealed his Olympic Trials schedule, which was the standard Lochte schedule we’ve always seen.  He said,  “At this point, with all of the work I’m doing? 400 and 200 IM, 200 back, 200 free, 100 fly…”

I’m still bullish on Lochte’s chances to make the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team this summer. Lochte has mastery in the 200 IM. He’s going to turn heads at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

PREDICTIONS

Lochte makes Team USA in the 200 IM, dropping a solid 1:55 low…barely edging Shaine Casas, Michael Andrew, Chase Kalisz and Andrew Seliskar. It’s going to be a tight race… Of course, you know I want everyone to make the Olympic Team.  But who cares what i think? I want to know what you think. Give me your best swimming analysis.

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Human Ambition
25 days ago

The trials M 200IM will be an absolute hornets’ nest. If anyone born back when Atari and Commodore lead the personal computer sales, can make the team it is Ryan.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Human Ambition
25 days ago

He wants his last hurrah for sure.

Austinpoolboy
Reply to  Human Ambition
25 days ago

It might take 1:58.0 or better in semis to get a chance at finals

EnAn
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
24 days ago

Sure … at the past two olympics 1:58.8 was enough to final, but at US trials it will take 1:58.0 …
In 2012 it took 2:01.5 to final and in 2016 it took 1:59.8 to final …

Riccardo
Reply to  EnAn
23 days ago

Many swimmers scratched the 200 IM in favor of other events at the last 2 trials because they knew they had no chance of beating Phelps or Lochte.

Many of them world class IMers that could have easily finaled or won a medal at any world Championships or Olympics.

Names include Chase Kalisz, Conor Dwyer, Tyler Clary etc.

GMM
Reply to  Human Ambition
24 days ago

😂😂😂

Breaking Bad News
Reply to  Human Ambition
24 days ago

Lookout! The youngsters are coming to invade Lochte’s space!

Comet
Reply to  Human Ambition
23 days ago

By far the hardest event to predict at the trials

Swimgl
25 days ago

No doubt..

Mr Piano
Reply to  Swimgl
24 days ago

No swimmer not named Ledecky is safe.

GMM
Reply to  Mr Piano
24 days ago

#truth

Lord farquad
Reply to  Mr Piano
24 days ago

Dressel?

Gold Medal Mel Stewart
Reply to  Lord farquad
22 days ago

agreed….

Old Swim Coach
Reply to  Mr Piano
24 days ago

King?

Blackflag82
Reply to  Mr Piano
24 days ago

Dean will be very displeased by your lack of faith…

A C
Reply to  Mr Piano
24 days ago

This would be a good topic for a swimswam article. Which swimmers besides Ledecky are the most likely to make the team / win a particular event.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Mr Piano
24 days ago

And then there’s Kazan, so no one’s safe.

You Sada
Reply to  Swimgl
23 days ago

No. Doubt.

Ol' Longhorn
25 days ago

“My philosophy is if you’re a man at night (now changing diapers), you gotta be a man in the morning.”

GMM
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
24 days ago

Ooooo, bringing back the old and famous Lochte quotes w/a twist

SwampMaster
Reply to  GMM
16 days ago

That old and famous quote actually originates with one Mr. Greggory Troy.

Torchbearer
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
24 days ago

Unless they’re your own diapers… 🙂

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Torchbearer
24 days ago

Quit picking on my age.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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