“It’s a good confidence boost knowing that I’m making the finals and being able to be somewhat in the race with these other guys,” Lochte said. “The more racing I do, the better I’m going to be.”
Lochte didn’t make it out of the 100 butterfly preliminaries, finishing 31st. He’s been in heavy training in Gainesville, Florida, which has left him “dead tired.” He missed making finals in the 100 breaststroke and 100 freestyle Thursday. He is expected to swim one more event Saturday.
Olympic champion Ryan Murphy won the men’s 200 backstroke in 1:56.06, the fastest time in the world this year.
Kathleen Baker won the 200 back in 2:07.54, the second-fastest time in the world this year. World-record holder Regan Smith was second at 2:08.80.
In the 400 individual medley, Chase Kalisz took the men’s race in 4:16.53, and Melanie Margalis won the women’s event in 4:37.81, second-quickest in the world this year.
Smith came back to win the 100 fly in 57.88, second-fastest in the world this year. Tom Shields, who at 29 was the oldest finalist, won the men’s race in 52.25.