Ryan Lochte Will Dedicate His Swims At The Tokyo Olympics To Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Photo Courtesy: Griffin Scott

Four-time Olympian and current LCM World Record holder Ryan Lochte visited Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where he met with the swim and water polo teams. In social media posts on Twitter and Instagram, Lochte said he met with the families of Nicholas Dworet, who was killed in the shooting last month at the school.

Dworet was a team captain for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s swim team. Lochte wore the school’s cap at finals of the Plantation Sectionals meet that he is competing at this weekend.

Lochte also announced in his social media posts, that he will dedicate his swims at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to Nicholas and the Parkland community, if he ends up making the team.

You can donate to “Swim For Nick” foundation, which was started after the Parkland shooting to raise awareness.

Today I had one of the most humbling experiences of my life. I'm in Plantation, Florida this weekend swimming in a meet. In between events, I took the 20 minute trip to Parkland for an unannounced visit to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. With the help of Assistant Athletic Director and Swim Coach Lauren Rubenstein, I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to speak to and meet with the swim and water polo teams. I also had the privilege and honor of meeting the parents of Nicholas Dworet. Nicholas was the Swim Captain at MSD and he tragically lost his life along with 16 others during the senseless high school shooting. Words cannot describe the emotions that I felt while at the school and how grateful I am that I was able to meet with those incredible students. In honor of Nicholas, I committed to his parents that I would swim on his behalf tonight and I did. I proudly wore an MSD cap and won for Nicholas and the entire Parkland community. I also told his parents that I will dedicate my swims in the 2020 Olympics to Nicholas. One of his goals was to swim in the Olympics and now he will with me!! #msdstrong #parkland #marjorystonemandouglas #broward #17 #swimming #swim4nick #neveragain #neverforget #olympics #japan2020 @tyrsport #teamtyr

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32 Comments

32 comments

  1. Jose Vassallo

    Nice cavalier gestute…but…donate $$$ some of your pro swim money for some type of scholarship to a swimmer.

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    Lane Four

    Thank you, Ryan. I hope you succeed. Stay focused and positive that you make it to Tokyo. I am rooting for you to succeed!

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      Cate Garrison

      Thanking him for what? Dedicating swims on a team he may or may not make that is 2 years away?

      • avatar
        Lane Four

        Back off, Cate. If I want to thank him I will. Let’s keep this positive and knock off the snarky attitudes everyone is tossing out towards Ryan.

  3. Rick Parker

    I’m dedicating mine to the unicorn and rainbow foundation.

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      Lane Four

      Thank you, Rick. My thoughts exactly. It’s easy to hate behind the safety of the computer.

  4. Colleen Hazlett

    Dumb ass! It’s still two and half years away and he hasn’t made the team yet. He should be dedicating his swims to the folks who still supported him after he vandalized a gas station in Rio and then lied and said he was robbed.

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      Anonymous

      Lane four

  5. Tri Bui Minh

    He should concentrate on only 200im or 400im at the trial

  6. Sharon Harris Klemm

    What is wrong with you people who are making negative comments why can’t you make positive comments this is about an athlete who took the time to visit a school, swim team etc to show his support. In case you forgot there were children and adults who lost their lives for no reason and you have to turn this into something negative. If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all. Please remember those who lost their lives!

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      This is FREEDOM of speech and the press…last time I checked thats what AMERICA is all about….And “Promising/Dedicating his swims at the 2020 OLYMPICS is ARROGANT as hell being two years away and hes not even on the team now……and whoever edited in the part about..”if he makes it is trying to cover there ass since he never said that in his post on twitter which caused this mess…ACTIONS louder than words when the WORLD is watching you…just saying…..

  7. Judy Johnston Sarsten

    Ryan Lochte didn’t need to do anything…and he chose to get involved— a lot more than most of the people reading this post.

  8. avatar
    J Loucks

    In Ryan’s simple mind he’s already qualified, competed and won something in the 2020 games so he’s earned the right to dedicate those future swims to whomever he wants… Jeah!

    #corruptemotivation,#pipedreams, #highjack,#jeah,#florida,#shoes, #Lamborghini

  9. Matt Ramey

    Is he still one of the best American competitors in his events??

    • Brandi Schmidt

      Well, he’s the current world record holder in one, so yea.

    • Matt Ramey

      Yeah, that he set 9 years ago…

  10. Rich Davis

    Never count Ryan out. Sure he made a stupid mistake in Rio but overall he’s a great guy who cares about the youth moving up into the swimming world. He’s stepped up and made a commitment, how many others can say the same?

    • Laura DiCarlo McCloskey

      I know, he came by the school Friday. Very nice to see the outpouring of compassion and support towards our school and community.

    • Dawn Byrnes Clisham

      Laura DiCarlo McCloskey ❤️❤️🏊🏻‍♂️🏊🏻‍♂️

    • Laura DiCarlo McCloskey

      Dawn Byrnes Clisham Colin went to a dolphins training camp this afternoon…

    • Dawn Byrnes Clisham

      Laura DiCarlo McCloskey did they invite the kids? I hope he had fun

  11. Brett Davies

    He has to make it first and at the moment he is a long way off from the best in the. U.S.A. in all of his best events.

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