Ryan Lochte is on USA Swimming psych sheets for this weekend’s Grand Prix event in Austin, Texas, which made him eligible to compete for the first time since tearing an MCL in a run-in with a fan on Nov. 2.
But he will not race, according to multiple swim news outlets. Lochte’s first races back will come in Orlando in February, according to Swimming World.
The 11-time Olympic medalist was entered in the 100m and 200m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 200m backstroke in the Austin meet that runs from Friday through Sunday.
Being entered on psych sheets does not mean a swimmer will definitely compete, and in this case Lochte will not be swimming in Austin.
Lochte, 29, tore his left MCL and sprained his ACL after a teenage girl ran to him, he caught her and they both fell on Nov. 2. His knee hit a curb, according to Lochte’s publicist.
He was back training in the pool by Dec. 5, targeting being “back in full swing” after Christmas.