Lochte beats Phelps in 200 IM


Ryan Lochte
Ryan Lochte

Ryan Lochte swims the breast stroke during the men's 200-meter individual medley race at the Austin Grand Prix swimming meet, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, in Austin, Texas. Lochte beat Michael Phelps in the 200-meter individual medley in the last of their head-to-head showdown.

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Published: Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 9:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 9:34 p.m.

AUSTIN, Texas — Ryan Lochte beat Michael Phelps in the 200-meter individual medley Sunday in the last of their head-to-head showdown in the Austin Grand Prix.

Lochte, a former University of Florida standout, finished in 1 minute, 59.26 seconds, well off his world record of 1:54:10.

Eric Shanteau edged Phelps to finish second in 2:01:13. Phelps was third.

“This is a great stepping stone,” Lochte said. “It's good preparation for what's coming later on. It's a good way to start off the New Year.”




Brent Hayden won the 100 freestyle in 49.91. Ricky Berens finished second and Lochte was third. Phelps won Heat B of that race in 50.9 seconds. Before this meet, Phelps had never swam a B final, and this weekend he swam two — also racing the in the 200 freestyle Friday.

“I'm disappointed,” Phelps said. “Obviously, I need more training. We're all just trying to catch up to (Lochte). The level he's swimming at right now is extremely high. But it's good to be here and see how everybody else is doing and how poorly I think I'm doing. This will give me a lot of motivation for the next couple of months.”

Swimmers are awarded points based off a 5-3-1 scoring system for gold, silver and bronze medals. Lochte, who amassed 17 points, and Phelps (11) each won two events during the three-day meet.

Though Phelps summed up his weekend as “average,” he's excited to head to training camp in Colorado in February as he prepares for Olympic-qualifying meets for London 2012.

“(The meet) was nothing exciting, but it's better than what I really expected, so I think that's a good thing,” Phelps said.

Fifteen-year-old Missy Franklin beat Olympian Katie Hoff in the 200 backstroke final in 55.48. Franklin also won the 200 IM and the 200 backstroke earlier in the evening.

“I'm pretty exhausted,” Franklin said, trying to catch her breath after her final race. “Tonight I wasn't focused on place. I was focused on coming in and feeling my stroke, trying to get a good rhythm going and do the best that I could. I'm really happy with my performance.”

Franklin, who won five events over the weekend, finished the meet No. 1 overall with 28 points, the number Lochte and Phelps had combined.

The Grand Prix is a seven-meet series that goes through the end of the summer. After the final event, the swimmer with the most total points from all seven meets earns $20,000. Franklin said that if she were the winner, she'd turn down the check in order to stay eligible for college.

“(Taking the money) is not an option for me,” Franklin said. “College is an opportunity that's too good to pass up.”

Hoff swam the 800 freestyle and 100 free on Sunday and finished second in both events.

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