The heat sheets are out for Tuesday’s preliminary sessions, where we will see the women’s 100 back, the men’s 200 free, the women’s 100 breast, the men’s 100 back, and the women’s 400 free.
Most of the major players are in their expected events. We will see Natalie Coughlin, Rachel Bootsma, and Missy Franklin in their epic 100 backstroke duel; Jessica Hardy and Rebecca Soni square off in the 100 breaststroke; another Michael Phelps - Ryan Lochte duel, this time in the 200 free; and the debut of a slew of high-profile competitors in the women’s 400 free: Katie Hoff, 15-year old phenom Katie Ledecky, her opposite 40-year old Janet Evans in the 6th heat (out of 13), and Chloe Sutton.
The only really notable absence from the meet will be Tyler Clary in the men’s 200 free. Despite only getting 3rd in the 400 IM, he still swam a solid time of 4:09, so this is a bit of a surprise – he had a legitimate shot at making at least a final and pushing for a top-6 relay spot. Instead, he will refocus and concentrate on earning individual swims in the 200 back and 200 fly.