By USA Swimming | Sunday, August 6, 2017
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. – Another six titles were handed out – and 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla./Trojan Swim Club) touched fifth in his first race of the weekend – on night four of the U.S. Open on Saturday at the Nassau County Aquatics Center.
Two-time Olympic medalist Arkady Vyatchanin took home the men’s 100-meter backstroke title in a time of 53.91, with Lochte finishing fifth with a time of 55.16.
“It’s a good starting point,” said Lochte, who will race in the 200m individual medley on Sunday. “That’s what I wanted to do coming in to this meet. Doing that little of training, and being able to go that time … I’ve still got something there.”
In the women’s 200m freestyle, Meaghan Raab (Hummelstown, Pa./Nashville Aquatic Club) clocked a personal best of 1:58.71 for first place. Gabby Deloof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Unattached) followed for second with a 1:58.92, while Claire Rasmus (New Orleans, La./Texas A&M University) picked up third place with a time of 2:00.49.
Jeff Newkirk (Chesterfield, Va./Quest Swimming) won the men’s 200m free with a time of 1:48.17. Long Gutierrez (Cottonwood, Utah/California Aquatics) followed for second place with a time of 1:48.58. New Zealand’s Matt Hutchins finished third in 1:49.68.
Elise Haan (Naples, Fla./Wolfpack Elite) finished first in the women’s 100m back in 1:00.59, touching out Kylie Stewart (Acworth, Ga./Athens Bulldog Swim Club) with a time of 1:00.60. National Team member Lisa Bratton (Richland, Wash./Texas A&M University) finished third in 1:00.63.
Ian Finnerty (Bloomington, Ind./Indiana University) won the men’s 100m breaststroke with a 1:00.09, and was followed by Australia’s Tommy Sucipto’s 1:00.67. National Team member Michael Andrew (Lawrence, Kan./Race Pace Club) finished third with a time of 1:00.81. Andrew will represent Team USA in seven events at the FINA World Junior Championships later this month.
Chloe Tutton of Great Britain topped the women’s 100m breast field with a time of 1:08.23, sweeping the women’s breaststroke races this week.
The 2017 U.S. Open continues through Sunday with prelims at 9 a.m. ET and finals at 5 p.m. ET. Following this week’s U.S. Open, the Nassau County Aquatics Center will host the Speedo Junior National Championships from Aug. 8-12.