Ryan Lochte is an American swimmer expected to compete in the 2008 Olympics. Lochte attended high school in Daytona Beach. He is talented in every stroke but usually competes in the individual medley and backstroke. After graduating high school in 2002, Lochte swam for the University of Florida.
Florida: While at Florida, Lochte broke school records in the 100 Free, 200 Free, 100 Fly, 200 Fly, 200 IM, 400 IM, 100 Back and the 200 Back. He was named an All American 24 times. In his season year, he won the NCAA Male Swimmer of the Year award as well as taking the NCAA title in the 200 and 400 IM and the 200 Back. “"You don't replace Ryan Lochte," Florida Coach Gregg Troy said. "The bottom line is he is the best swimmer to graduate from UF."
Past Olympics: Lochte represented the US in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. He won the silver in the 200 meter IM finishing behind fellow American Michael Phelps. Lochte and Phelps also shared gold in the Games swimming to first in the 200 Freestyle Relay alongside Peter Vanderkaay and Klete Keller.
Road to Beijing: Lochte has continued his dominating ways even without sporting the Orange and Blue. At the 2007 World Aquatics Championships in Melbourne, Lochte won three silver medals. However, it was his world-record-breaking performance in the 200 meter Backstroke that garnered the most attention. Lochte stole the gold from previous record holder and fellow American Aaron Peirsol with the time of 1:54.32. Lochte will look to officially qualify for the Olympics at the 2008 US Olympic Team Trials in Omaha June 29- July 6, 2008.