By USA Swimming | Sunday, August 6, 2017
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. – Four-time Olympian Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla./Trojan Swim Club) topped the podium in his signature race, and three individuals added their second wins Sunday on the final night of the U.S. Open at Nassau County Aquatics Center.
Lochte was the top finisher in the men’s 200-meter individual medley in 1:59.24, a new meet record. Great Britain’s Xavier Mohammed followed for second with a 2:00.47, and Sam Stewart (Hattiesburg, Miss./Longhorn Aquatics) placed third with a 2:01.51.
“No matter what the time was tonight, I knew I could go faster,” Lochte said. “I knew it wasn’t going to be there with my lack of training this year. I put my family first and I have no regrets for that. Family is everything.”
Junior National Team member Erica Sullivan (Las Vegas, Nev./Sandpipers of Nevada) won the women’s 1500m freestyle title with a time of 16:05.83. This victory was her second of the week, and Sullivan will compete at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in the 800m and 1500m free for Team USA. 2017 open water world champion Ashley Twichell (Fayetteville, N.Y./North Carolina Aquatic Club) followed for second with a 16:10.99. This is Twichell’s third top-two finish of the meet, including a first-place finish in the 800m freestyle. Cassy Jernberg (Milwaukee, Wis./Schroeder YMCA) placed third in 16:29.76.
In the women’s 200m IM, Meaghan Raab (Hummelstown, Pa./Nashville Aquatic Club) took first with a time of 2:12.56. It was Raab’s second win of the week after taking home the 200m free yesterday. Margaret Aroesty (Long Beach, N.Y./Long Island Aquatic Club) finished second in her home pool with a time of 2:12.83. France’s Fantine LeSaffre took third in 2:14.58.
National Team member Madison Kennedy (Avon, Conn./SwimMAC Carolina) topped the women’s 50m free field in 24.92. France’s Marie Wattel followed with a time of 25.06, and Rebecca Millard (Ladera Ranch, Calif./Longhorn Aquatics) finished third in 25.52.
France’s Damien Joly won the men’s 800m free with a time of 7:53.26 for his second win of the meet, while South Africa’s Brad Tandy placed first in the men’s 50m free with a meet record 21.70.
Next week, the Nassau County Aquatics Center will host the Speedo Junior National Championships from Aug. 8-12.