How Fast Will Ryan Lochte Swim At LA Invite?
2017 Los Angeles InvitationalJuly 13-16, 2017
Los Angeles, California
Uytengsu Aquatics Center
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Eleven months since his last race in a long course pool, 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte is making his official return to FINA/USA Swimming sanctioned competition. After serving a 10-month suspension -- which ended on July 1 -- for his part in the infamous scandal surrounding the vandalism of a gas station bathroom in Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics, Lochte has rebranded, both personally and professionally.
New sponsors? (TYR, Power Bar, Debt.com) Check
Fiancé? (Kayla Rae Reid) Check
First child? (Caiden Zane Lochte) Check
No more silver hair? Check
On the surface, it seems like Lochte's dry life outside of the pool is going pretty swimmingly (pun intended).
But where does the 32-year-old stand in the water?
His only competition since Rio was the U.S. Masters Spring Nationals in April, where he swam the 100-yard breaststroke (53.92), 200-yard IM (1:44.21), 100-yard IM (47.71), 50-yard backstroke (21.73), and 100-yard backstroke (46.57).
These are good times for certain; however, this does not necessarily indicate what kind of shape he is in, as the long course pool is a different beast entirely.
Lochte will be swimming the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, and 200m IM this weekend at the 2017 Los Angeles Invite.
How fast will he swim? What kind of shape is he in? The FloSwimming crew shares their thoughts and predictions below.
50m FreestyleMaclin Simpson: 23.35 (all underwater)
Clark Burckle: 22.86
Kyle Sockwell: 23.57
100m FreestyleMaclin Simpson: 50.20
Clark Burckle: 49.70
Kyle Sockwell: 49.84
200m IMMaclin Simpson: 2:00.98
Clark Burckle: 1:58.56
Maclin Simpson: 2:01.33