August 23rd, 2012
02:45 PM ET
Ryan Lochte's found a partying pal in Prince Harry, but he sounds a little relieved that he missed out on the royal's recent clothing optional get-together.
The Olympic champ and the prince met for the first time in Las Vegas at a pool party over the weekend, when Harry challenged Lochte to a race.
"We were at the same pool party, and his people came over to my table and said, 'Hey, Prince Harry wants to meet you,' " Lochte recalled to Matt Lauer on "Today." When Harry asked for a swimming showdown, off the shirts came and into the pool they went. (And yes, there's video of this happening.)
"He's part of the Royal family and everything, but he's really a nice guy," Lochte said of Harry. "He's really talkative, and he just wanted to meet me, and honestly wanted to race me. I thought that was the coolest thing."
The two parted ways after their race, and Lochte's not bummed he didn't get an invite to Harry's other kind of "pool" party - one that involved a game of strip billiards.
"I'm kinda happy," Lochte said with a chuckle. "I don't need that."
Probably not, as he's headed right back into the pool to begin training for the 2016 Olympics on Monday.
"After racing Prince Harry, I got that competitive edge back in me, and I want to get back in the water," he said.
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