World Record Holder Ryan Lochte Places 7th in 200 IM, Misses Olympic Team

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

World Record holder and 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte made it all the way to the 200 IM final at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Wave II. He was in contention to make his 5th Olympic team.

In the final tonight,  Lochte placed 7th with a time of 1:59.67. Michael Andrew won the race (1:55.44), slightly slower than his semifinals swim. And Chase Kalisz, who won silver in the 400 IM at the 2016 Rio Olympics, earned 2nd place with a time of 1:56.97.

Lochte had a faster last 50 freestyle than Andrew, splitting a 29.46 to Andrew’s 30.09. Lochte also had one of the faster reaction times, .65 compared to Andrew and Kalisz’s .68 and .69, respectively.

But what really set him back was that he had the 7th fastest 50 breast split (34.69). This bumped him to 7th place, .08 behind 6th place finisher Andrew Seliskar who was able to hold him off on the freestyle.

This was Lochte’s final event of the meet, so he has officially missed making the Tokyo 2020 U.S. Olympic team roster. He also finished 25th in the 200 free at this meet.

36-year-old Lochte clarified in his post-race interview Friday night that this isn’t the end of the road for him, but that that might not mean more competing.

“There’s a lot more that I want to accomplish in the sport of swimming,” he said. “Whether it’s in the pool or outside the pool, making swimming bigger. That’s my biggest goal.”

“But I’m enjoying having fun, teaching all these younger kids everything that I’ve learned,” he said while gesturing to 22-year-old Andrew. “And carrying the torch like this guy,” he gestured to Andrew again. “He’s going to represent USA well and I’m proud. ”

When asked how he wants to be remembered in the pool, Lochte did not list any of his accomplishments. Instead, he called Andrew and the entire swimming community part of his family.

Lochte’s ending statement of the interview: “I’m gonna go be a dad right now and give my kids a hug.”

Race Video – 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Wave II Men’s 200 IM Final

Lochte won silver in this event at the 2004 and 2012 Olympic Games and he won bronze in 2008. He set the current World Record at 1:54.00 at the 2011 World Championships. He has been a part of Team USA’s gold medal-winning 800 free relays at every Olympic Games since 2004, and he placed 4th in the individual 200 free at the 2012 Olympics.

Here’s a look back at Lochte’s World Record-setting 200 IM swim at World Championships in 2011:

 

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Jeah4Life
3 months ago

True champ. He should be remembered as one of the greatest. Everyone makes mistakes in life that we regret, his was just public. Let’s stop crucifying this man and recognize how great to make an Olympic trials final w a bunch of youngsters at his age and stay motivated for five years with two young kids and a new marriage. Very impressive and I’m a huge fan. Don’t be done w swimming Ryan! We love ya

Last edited 3 months ago by Jeah4Life
MTK
3 months ago

He just didn’t have it this week, but that’s ok. He’s a legend and I’m glad that he seems to have found some peace in his life, and some joy outside of swimming.

Rob
3 months ago

Congrats on dedicated training and making the final of 2IM.
Swimming is always interesting when you’re around. Big fan.

Ole 99
3 months ago

Here’s hoping he chose the prepay for gas option with that car rental.

Eldo king
Reply to  Ole 99
3 months ago

Shut up

jtiff
3 months ago

❤️❤️ jeah baby. ❤️❤️

SwimElite99
3 months ago

Thank you to Ryan Lochte. He would have had all the fame and accolades of Michael Phelps if Phelps did not exist, and every step of his 20-year career he had to deal with the misfortune of having been born in the exact same era as the GOAT – that alone is a burden I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy. All things said and done, he dealt with it better than most of us would have, and he pushed the GOAT to greater heights than would otherwise be imaginable (and bested him on several occasions). His 200IM record and the sport’s current state will be lasting marks of his impact

PanPacs99
Reply to  SwimElite99
3 months ago

I’m sure Lochte appreciated being on all those relays with Phelps.

Sarcastic
3 months ago

I knew this would probably happen, but I’m still sad nonetheless. He finally got his life together and seems really happy though. He’s given so much to this sport. Anyone thinking he does ISL?

T S
Reply to  Sarcastic
3 months ago

Nah, Phelps, Lochte, Grevers, and Adrian should all throw their hats in the masters ring. A 2/4 IM battle at Nats between phelps and lochte would be epic

Cate
Reply to  T S
3 months ago

Phelps says he’s not swimming masters. He says he has shoulder problems. Besides, he’s doing more important things with his life with his mental health advocacy. I can see him as a commentator

T S
Reply to  Cate
3 months ago

“not swimming masters” “Not swimming in the 2016 olympics”

Xman
Reply to  Cate
3 months ago

I don’t see him doing master’s for another 10 or 15 years when only old swimming fans (and just older people) know who he is.

cynthia curran
Reply to  Cate
3 months ago

Most the top masters swimmers thought they missed out on something. Take Laura Val, world university games swimmer or Penny Noyes, qualify for the Olympic trials in 1972 in the 100 meter free but was sick. Phelps and company are less interested in Masters since they hit the big time in the Olympics.

CasualSwimmer
Reply to  Sarcastic
3 months ago

Lochte can’t join the ISL because they have a zero tolerance policy on doping. They might bend the rules but it wouldn’t sit right with their initial concept

Cate
Reply to  Sarcastic
3 months ago

Yes. He needs the money.

Xman
Reply to  Cate
3 months ago

What teams in Florida are hiring? He knows how to train that’s for sure

CookedLays
Reply to  Sarcastic
3 months ago

I don’t think he’s eligible for ISL because of his suspension.

Khachaturian
Reply to  Sarcastic
3 months ago

Masters relay?

John Appleseed
3 months ago

This is the ultimate movie. Lochte “handing it off” to Andrew seemed to be unheard of just a few years ago. What a way to go out. Serious props to Ryan for his impact on swimming. You would’ve thought he’d done it all but apparently not according to him.