Florida Swimmer Ryan Lochte Beats Michael Phelps in Olympic TrialsBeyond UCF, Culture, News, Sports — By Jake Rakoci on June 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm Tweet
27-year old Ryan Lochte has defeated legendary Olympic champion Michael Phelps in the 400 Individual Medley for the first male qualifying event of the Olympics.
Ryan Lochte has spent most of his life training in Florida, most recently at the University of Florida where he attended school, and swam for their team.The qualifying rounds, which are held in Omaha are sure to have more marquee match-ups between Phelps and Lochte.
Even though Lochte has been under the radar the past four years due to thinsurmountable shadow of Michael Phelps, he has quietly racked up three Olympic gold medals of his own and currently holds two world records.
Ryan Lochte’s defeat of Phelps in the 400 Individual Medley does not mean that Phelps will not have a chance at redemption. Phelps still qualified for the Olympics in this event and swam at an impressive time of 4:07.89 compared to Lochte’s 4:07.06.
Florida will be well represented in London this year with American sprinter Tyson Gay, who trains at the National Training Center in Clermont, FL qualified in the Men’s 100m sprint.