Ryan Lochte won the 200-meter individual medley at the U.S. national championships at Stanford, fresh off a 14-month ban.
The 12-time Olympic medalist touched in 1 minute, 57.76 seconds on Sunday — 1.07 ahead of runner-up Shaine Casas — to earn his first national title since 2014. Lochte’s time was quicker than his time-trial effort of 1:57.88 four days earlier, which didn’t count toward qualifying for the national team.
It was the lone victory and only final of the five-day meet for Lochte, who turned 35 a day earlier. He finished 37th in the 200 freestyle preliminaries, fourth in the C final of the 100 butterfly, and scratched the B final of the 100 backstroke.
Lochte was competing for the first time since the end of a 14-month suspension for receiving an infusion of vitamin B-12 above the allowable limit.
In other events: Madisyn Cox won the women’s 200 IM in 2:10.00 to go with her earlier victory in the 200 breaststroke. … Ally McHugh won the 1,500 free in 16:05.98. She won the 400 free earlier. … Erika Brown took the 50 free in 24.71 seconds. … Ryan Held won the men’s 50 free in 21.87. … Bobby Finke won the 800 free in 7:47.58 to add to his earlier title in the 400 IM.
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