Lochte heads into final as top seed


Ryan Lochte of the United States competes in the men's 200m individual medley semifinal at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, on Wednesday. (The Associated Press)

Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 6:42 p.m.

Ryan Lochte sent a message to the 200-meter individual medley field by claiming the top seed in Thursday night's finals with a blistering mark of 1:57.07. With a silver medal and a fourth-place finish to show after two events at the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Lochte, the 2011 World Champion and world record holder in the event (1:54.00), has his eyes set on capturing his 13th World Championship gold medal.

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Ryan Lochte of the United States competes in the men's 200m individual medley semifinal at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, on Wednesday. (The Associated Press)

After cruising to the fifth-fastest swim in prelims (1:58.46), the Gator alum left no doubt in the semifinals that he is the man to beat. Lochte's teammate and Tuesday's 200 free silver medal winner, Conor Dwyer, narrowly missed joining Lochte in the finals after posting a time of 1:58.06 in the semi-final and settled for 10th. Dwyer's individual meet is complete after a stellar come-from-behind medal performance on the third day of competition.

Melani Costa-Schmid (Spain) ended her 200 free run in fifth place with a time of 1:57.04. Costa-Schmid set the Spanish record (1:56.19) in the event in the semi-final round.

Jemma Lowe (Great Britain) qualified for the 200 butterfly semi-finals after posting a swim of 2:10.21 in prelims. In the semi-finals, Lowe dropped significant time (2:08.53) but could not crack the top-eight and placed 13th overall.

Freshman Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) continues to grow and develop on the international level after finishing 14th in the 50 backstroke with a time of 28.35. The seven-time All-American and 2012 Olympian improved from her prelim swim of 28.60 and will next compete in the 200 back.

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