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Lochte, U.S. Dominate Pan-Pacs

With Michael Phelps dropping out of the 200 IM to focus on the medley relay, Ryan Lochte was the presumed favorite. Truthfully though, even if Phelps had competed Lochte would have cruised to yet another gold. He almost set the world record (which he owns), swimming a 1:54.43 to set the Pan Pacs record, set by Phelps four years ago. For his exploits, Lochte was named the swimmer of the meet and while Phelps still has the higher ceiling, there is no doubt that Lochte is the best swimmer in the world at the moment. The Worlds in Shanghai next year will probably provide a better measuring stick as to which American is truly the best, but if you’re a sports fan at all the 2012 Olympic swimming events will be must see TV.

As mentioned before, Phelps dropped out of the 200 IM to focus on the medley relay, and thankfully so as the US had to comeback to beat Japan. Aaron Piersol (backstroke) and Mark Gangloff (breaststroke) had the US in contention after the first half, but Phelps (butterfly) overtook Masayuki Kishida on the second half of his leg and gave Nathan Adrian (freestyle) a lead he wouldn’t relinquish.

Speaking of Adrian, he swept the freestyle sprints, winning the 50m with a time of 21.55 seconds. Brazil’s Caesar Cielo Filho finished second and, for now, will have to relinquish his title as fastest man in the pool.

The American men and women swept all the relays.

While this isn’t a huge meet, it was a dominant one for US Swimming and a celebration is in order. So how is the best swimmer on Earth celebrating?

Vegas of course

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