The Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships featured exciting performances from Stanford swimmers, the rise of fresh-faced, younger swimmers, a high-profile departure from swimming and a return to it.
It was Lochte’s first competitive swim after a 14-month long ban for receiving an unauthorized intravenous infusion above U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) regulations. In a press conference after Wednesday’s time trials, Lochte discussed his “roller-coaster” life outside the pool and what lies ahead.
The latest chapter of the Michael Phelps-Ryan Lochte rivalry, the 400-meter individual medley race on Saturday, was supposed to be one of the greatest showdowns in Olympic history. Instead, it will be remembered as the dramatic matchup that was not to be.