Ryan Lochte Slated to Return at 2019 Phillips 66 US National Championships

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After a 14-month hiatus from swimming, Olympian Ryan Lochte will make his return to competitive swimming at the 2019 Phillips 66 US National Championships.

Lochte has been away from swimming serving a suspension from USADA for receiving “an intravenous infusion of permitted substances at an infusion clinic in a volume greater than 100 mL in a 12-hour period without a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).” While the IV he received did not contain any banned substances, athletes are not supposed to receive any IV unless they have been hospitalized or have filed for a TUE.

Despite being suspended, Lochte has continued to train in Florida. He is slated to swim a total of six events when he arrives in California, including the 100 free, 200 free, 100 fly, 100 back, 200 IM and 400 IM. Considering that the 2019 FINA World Championships will have ended just days before the 2019 Phillips 66 US National Championships are slated to begin, many eyes will be on Lochte to see how his times stack up against the world’s best.

Press Release from USA Swimming

Twelve-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte is set to make his return to competition next week at the Phillips 66 National Championships in Palo Alto, California. The competition at the Avery Aquatic Center runs July 31 to August 4.

Following a 14-month layoff, Lochte is entered in six events throughout the five-day competition. His first event will be the 100-meter freestyle on Wednesday, July 31. A press conference will be held following the completion of the morning’s prelims.

What:                    Press conference with Olympian Ryan Lochte

Where:                 Phillips 66 National Championships media center

235 Sam MacDonald Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

(pre-approved media credential required)

When:                   Wednesday, July 31

Time:                     Following the completion of the morning’s prelims session

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  1. Dave Hoover

    If were him, I’d be focusing only on the 200IM as that’s the only place I see him making any hay next year after seeing the results at the Worlds so far. Otherwise, I think he’d be wasting his time elsewhere.

  2. Nick Cittadino

    Uh oh, the real swim shady back at it….