INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, June 29. OLYMPIC superstar Ryan Lochte threw down the gauntlet to the rest of the world in the men's 200-meter IM with a special swim after a rare day off yesterday at the U.S. Nationals and World Championship Trials.
Lochte, out under world-record pace at the 100 with a scorching 53.04, settled in for a winning time of 1:55.44. That swim bettered the 1:55.74 clocked by Kosuke Hagino at Japanese Nationals earlier this year as the fastest time in the world thus far.
Lochte finished the meet with three victories, having already doubled up with wins in the 200 free and 200 back. He also made the Barcelona squad in the men's 100-meter fly with a second-place blast of 51.71. That's not a bad week considering he barely returned to serious training about six weeks ago after finishing his reality television obligations.
NBAC's Conor Dwyer, meanwhile, snared the second spot on the team in the event with a 1:57.74. That's his first time under 1:58, beating his lifetime best of 1:58.32 from the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. He vaulted to seventh in the world with the effort as well, and could be a medal threat in Barcelona.
NBAC actually went 2-3-4 in the finale demonstrating just how deep Michael Phelps' former training group can be. Chase Kalisz, the winner of the 400 IM, demonstrated some speed with a third-place 1:58.52. That surpassed his lifetime best of 1:59.51 from the 2012 Junior Pan Pacifics. Austin Surhoff checked in fourth with a 1:58.80, also for North Baltimore.
California's Josh Prenot (2:00.33), Dynamo's Gunnar Bentz (2:00.88), Michigan's Kyle Whitaker (2:01.31) and Athens Bulldog' Tynan Stewart (2:01.45) picked up the rest of the championship finale finishes.
Stanford's David Nolan turned in his best 200 IM with a 2:00.35 to win the B final. That swim just surpassed his 2010 Junior Pan Pacific lifetime best of 2:00.61. Andrew Seliskar, meanwhile, came up about a second short of Michael Phelps' 15-16 U.S. National Age Group record (2:00.86) with a second-place 2:01.81.
Northern Kentucky Clipper Maxwell Williamson overhauled the field in the breaststroke to win the C final with a 2:02.11. That time upended his previous lifetime best of 2:02.42 from the 2012 U.S. Open.