200 Fly Scratch At Winter Nats Sets Up Swim-Off Rematch


After going head-to-head in a swim-off for 18th place, Steven Thalblum and Daniel Gloude will race side-by-side again tonight as the top two swimmers in the C final, thanks to a B Final scratch.

The two were swimming off for a B final alternate position, and it would have been a three-way swim-off, had Noah Bowers not scratched. As it was, 16th-place finisher Isaiah Williams scratched, moving the two up to a tie for 17th with twin 1:48.22s in prelims. Thalblum went nearly a full second faster in the swim-off to win in 1:47.34, with Gloude fading to 1:50.67.

The two will contest everyone’s favorite triple tonight, swimming their third 200 fly races side-by-side in lanes 4 and 5 of the C final.

The only other B final scratches came in the women’s 200 back (11 seed Julia Samson bowed out) and men’s 100 free (12th-place Ryan McCoy is off the start lists). Here’s a look at the other scratches for tonight’s finals:

Women’s 200 back:

  • 11th: Julia Samson

Men’s 200 back:

  • 17th: Matthew Mays
  • 25th: Lovre Soric

Women’s 100 free:

  • None

Men’s 100 free:

  • 12th: Ryan McCoy
  • 23rd: Peyton Werner

Women’s 200 breast:

  • None

Men’s 200 breast:

  • None

Women’s 200 fly:

  • 18th: Olivia Bray

Men’s 200 fly:

  • 16th: Isaiah Williams
  • 18th: Noah Bowers

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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