2018 Mesa Pro Swim Series: SwimSquads Don’t Include Late Scratch Cox


Madisyn Cox appears to be a late scratch in Mesa, leaving Team Coughlin without an IMer in the ongoing SwimSquad battles.

Cox didn’t swim the 400 IM this morning and does not appear on Coughlin’s official SwimSquad lineup. Coughlin has no other options at the IM spot and has been forced to leave it open. That should even the playing field a bit with Team Lezak, which also had to leave its backstroke spot open.

Update: We reached out to the Texas Longhorn program and were told Cox is finishing up school currently, and didn’t scratch for any health reasons.

There were only two changes from our projected SwimSquad lineup to the official ones: Cox’s absence and Team Lezak’s decision to start Cody Miller over Kevin Cordes in the breaststroke slot. Other than that, everything went exactly according to projections, right down to which events each captain picked for their starting swimmers.

We said earlier this week that Lezak needs to make the right call on his breaststroker to climb back into the mix, and it’s now up to Miller to carry Team Lezak back into contention this week. Team Sandeno, meanwhile, should be the biggest beneficiary of Cox’s absence. Sandeno’s squad is now primed to make up the 5 point margin by which it currently trails Coughlin.

You can see the full lineups below, courtesy of USA Swimming’s Twitter, and we’ve republished the list below:

KrayzelburgSquad CoughlinSquad SandenoSquad LezakSquad
Abbey Weitzeil Michael Chadwick Zane Grothe Nathan Adrian
50/100 50/100 400/800 50/100
Matt Grevers Ryan Murphy Jacob Pebley
50/100 100/200 100/200
Nic Fink Molly Hannis Andrew Wilson Cody Miller
50/100 50/100 100/200 50/100
Kelsi Dahlia Hali Flickinger Michael Andrew Pace Clark
50/100 100/200 50/100 100/200
Chase Kalisz Katie McLaughlin Josh Prenot
200/400 200/400 200/400
Olivia Smoliga Melanie Margalis Leah Smith
Mallory Comerford
50BK/100BK 200IM/200FR 400FR/800FR 100FR/200FR


KrayzelburgSquad 178 107 71
CoughlinSquad 160 88 72
SandenoSquad 155 76 79
LezakSquad 119 67 52

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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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