CHARLOTTE, N.C. — U.S. Olympian Ryan Lochte won the men’s 200-meter individual medley during the final day of the Arena Pro Swim Series meet Sunday, while rival Michael Phelps failed to make the finals in two events.
Lochte, the world record-holder in the 200 IM, won in 1 minute, 57.20 seconds, the third-fastest time in the world this year. He also finished third in the 200 backstroke, won by Serbia’s Arkady Vyatchanin.
“What I really want to take out of this meet is not winning or losing,” Lochte said. “It’s about me putting 110 percent effort into it. Doing seven events in a fully-loaded swim meet, just getting up there racing and trying to be as tough as I can, it was really good.”
Meanwhile, Phelps was relegated to the ‘B’ finals in the 200 IM and 100 freestyle after the preliminaries, but bounced back with a strong swim in the evening session at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.
Phelps won the ‘B’ final in the 200 IM in 2:00.25, which would have put him sixth in the ‘A’ final, then tied for third in the 100 freestyle ‘B’ final with Italy’s Michele Santucci in 49.96 seconds.
“That about sums it up,” Phelps said after making a raspberry sound. “It’s just frustrating. One of the most frustrating parts was just not setting myself up in the morning like I should have. What I want most is to be racing the competition I need to be racing. I want to race Ryan and those guys. It’s frustrating falling short.”
Also winning Sunday were Brazil’s Felipe Lima in the 50 breaststroke, Nathan Adrian in the 100 freestyle, and Connor Jaeger in the 1,500 freestyle.
Vyatchanin, who won the 100 backstroke on Saturday, added the 200 backstroke title in 1:56.31, the fourth-fastest time in the world this year. He beat 2012 London Olympics gold medalist Tyler Clary by 2.12 seconds. Clary touched in 1:58.43.
Lima won the 50 breaststroke in 27.72, beating Cody Miller by 0.23 seconds. Miller touched in 27.95.
Adrian, who won the gold medal in the 100 freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics, won that same event Sunday in 48.85, edging Italy’s Marco Orsi by 0.21 seconds. Orsi touched in 49.06.
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu added to her medal count Sunday, winning two more events, the 200 individual medley and 200 backstroke. That gave her six wins in seven events during the four-day meet.
Hosszu won the 200 IM in 2:08.66, the fastest time in the world this year, beating Melanie Margalis, by nearly two seconds. Less than 20 minutes later, Hosszu added the 200 backstroke title in 2:07.79, the third-fastest time in the world, beating Dominique Bouchard by nearly 2½ seconds.
“I always try to do my best, but for me it’s pretty important to look at what I did at the same time last year,” said Hosszu, who also won six events at last year’s Charlotte meet. “That really shows me if I’m making the steps forwards, the improvements that we are set up to do. Looking at my times from last year, it’s definitely working. We’re on the right track.”
Other women’s winners were Denmark’s Lotte Friis in the 800 freestyle, Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson in the 50 breaststroke, and Natalie Coughlin in the 100 freestyle.
Friis, who won the 1,500 freestyle on Thursday, added the 800 freestyle title by winning in 8:25.07, more than 3½ seconds ahead of Becca Mann. Mann touched in 8:28.82.
Atkinson, who finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke at the 2012 London Olympics, won the 50 breaststroke in 30.54, the second-fastest time in the world this year. She edged Jessica Hardy by 0.07 seconds.
Coughlin, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, won the 100 freestyle in 54.24, edging the Bahamas’ Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace by 0.07 seconds. Vanderpool-Wallace, who won the 50 freestyle and 50 butterfly Saturday, touched in 54.31.