Olympic champion Ryan Lochte will return to Gainesville on his comeback trail. Lochte, who had a disappointing performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, seeks redemption in Tokyo 2020. He’s been training and residing in Los Angeles with his fiancee and newborn son over the past several months ahead of the 2017 U.S. Open. At that meet, he broke the Meet Record formerly set by Michael Phelps in the 200 IM to win gold, but fell short of making the U.S. National Team.
Now, Lochte will return to his roots in Gainesville at the University of Florida. He trained with that Gators throughout his collegiate career from 2003-06 and continued to swim there as a postgrad until he made the move to SwimMAC Carolina in 2013.
There was some speculation that he would rejoin forces with David Marsh since Marsh recently took the head coaching position at UC San Diego. However, that does not appear to be the case.
Pro Player Sports, Lochte’s management company, announced that Lochte will return to Gainesville to train at the University of Florida. He’ll be in good company there with rising star Caeleb Dressel as a training partner and NCAA champion Mark Szaranek in his IM group.