Charlotte draws Ryan Lochte, others training for Rio

CHARLOTTE — Ryan Lochte wasn’t unhappy with his coach or his experience in Gainesville, Fla., — but he was a bit stuck.

“I was at the University of Florida for 12 years,” Lochte says. “That’s where my swimming career started, so I love that place. But I got to a point in my swimming career where I needed a change. It was a ‘big fish in a small pond’ kind of thing. It just was kind of that feeling. If I wanted to take my swimming career to the next level, I had to do certain things that were a lot different from what I’d done from a training aspect.”

So he showed up in Charlotte, called coach David Marsh and joined SwimMAC Carolina’s Team Elite program.

Tyler Clary did the same about six months later, leaving the University of Michigan to train with Marsh’s postgraduate swimmers chasing dreams of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Clary and Lochte join Cullen Jones, who has worked with Marsh since 2008, as the program’s three most high-profile swimmers. The three claim 16 Olympic medals among themselves.