Ryan Lochte qualifies for Olympic trials in return from suspension, says he’s staying away from alcohol

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Swimming in an official event for the first time since June 3, 2018, Lochte posted a 1:57.88 in a 200 IM time trial at the 2019 Phillips 66 National Championships on Wednesday.

That’s the fourth-best time by an American this season and good enough to qualify him for the 2020 Olympic trials, according to SwimSwam. Lochte is also entered in the 100 fly, 100 back, 200 free and 400 IM at Palo Alto this week.

So the 12-time Olympic medalist can still swim pretty fast, though he still has some work to do to carve out a spot on next year’s Olympic team. The bigger personal news for Lochte is that he checked into a rehab center for alcohol addiction last year, and seems to have gone sober outside of a self-reported glass of wine when his second child was born in June.

“I don’t care for [alcohol],” Lochte said in a news conference after the event. “I have bigger and better things going on in my life. I’m glad that I went to rehab and got checked out. It helped me out. It helped put things in perspective in my life, and what is really more important than going out to a bar and getting hammered or doing anything like that. I go home and I get to play with my kids and kiss and hold my wife. That to me is everything.’’

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