INDIANAPOLIS – Ryan Lochte led the U.S. to continue their undefeated 7-0 streak at Duel in the Pool, a Ryder Cup-style meet, in Indianapolis on Saturday afternoon. The final score was U.S. 155, Europe 107. Full results can be found here.
Lochte won the 400m individual medley and was third in the 200m backstroke on night one, and doubled up again to win the 200m freestyle. He was disqualified in his second race though, the 200m IM, for a turn violation on the last wall.
“I am old, for swimming,” he told NBC’s Carolyn Manno before his disqualification was announced. “I’m one of the oldest swimmers I’ve been around. Hopefully, I can teach these kids something.”
Nathan Adrian doubled up in the sprint freestyles and won both the 100m freestyle and 50m freestyle against the European squad’s Vladimir Morozov.
Missy Franklin set an American short course meters record in her winning 200m freestyle, over Europe’s Katinka Hosszu. The pair faced off later on in the 100m back, but neither earned points for the their teams. Franklin’s American record was one of 16 set throughout the meet.
“The 200m free is hard for me because there’s so much going on,” Franklin told media after the meet. “I can see everyone. I know what everyone’s doing.”
Olympic gold medalist Matt Grevers set a short course meters world record in the 100m backstroke, shaving 0.02 seconds off the previous record from 2009.
“I knew it was going to be close,” Grevers said through USA Swimming. “I felt really good yesterday leading off the relay … I thought there would be a chance and luckily everything went really well.”
But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.
She retired from her most recent match with a right thigh injury last week and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.
Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, the No. 4 seed and Wimbledon champion, are the top challengers in Paris.
No. 3 Jessica Pegula and No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, are the best hopes to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seleswon the 1996 Australian Open.
But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.
Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.
Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They could meet in the semifinals.
Russian Daniil Medvedev, who lost in the French Open first round in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, is improved on clay. He won the Italian Open, the last top-level clay event before the French Open, and is the No. 2 seed ahead of Djokovic.
No. 9 Taylor Fritz, No. 12 Frances Tiafoe and No. 16 Tommy Paul are the highest-seeded Americans, all looking to become the first U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals since Andre Agassi in 2003. Since then, five different American men combined to make the fourth round on eight occasions.