2019 US Nationals: Austin Katz & Ryan Lochte Scratch 100 BK on Night 4

2019 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Texas Longhorn Austin Katz, who won the 200 back earlier in the meet, has scratched out of the 100 back. Katz finished second in prelims with a 54.46, way off the current top 6 Americans by a second. Katz already clinched the second-fastest US time in the 200 back for the national team roster.

Also out of finals is Ryan Lochte, who has scratched his 100 back B-final where he finished 15th in prelims. Yesterday he finished 20th in the 100 fly with a 53.36. This morning, Lochte put up a 55.08 in the 100 back.

More notable scratches include Addison Smith out of the 400 free junior D-final. Smith’s previous D-final was in the 400 IM, where she placed 32nd with a 4:55.46. Likewise, Zoe Bartel and Lilly Higgs have also opted out of the 100 breast D-final. Bartel swam the 200 breast earlier and finished with a 2:30.14 in the B-final, good enough for 15th.

Charlotte Hook has scratched her spot in the 100 back D-final as well. Hook is currently on priority 2 status for the 200 fly, and with the number of double-qualifiers increasing, Hook has a shot at swimming the event in Budapest.

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Mr Piano
2 years ago

Lmao, Lochte scratches half of his races for his first meet in 15 months.

Swimming4silver
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 years ago

it his b-day, give him a break

Kristiina
2 years ago

I hope Ryan save energy tomorrow 200IM. I wait under 2 minutes. He more talkman. Phelps was fully pro.

A$AP Pocky
Reply to  Kristiina
2 years ago

Talkman gets paid

Ryan
Reply to  A$AP Pocky
2 years ago

Talkman still holds a WR

Wahooswimfan
Reply to  Ryan
2 years ago

And is setting masters records!

The Original Tim
Reply to  Kristiina
2 years ago

Uh, Talkman already went a 1:57 at this meet, so unless he lays an egg or scratches prelims, he should be sub-2:00 no problem.

Kristiina
Reply to  The Original Tim
2 years ago

Why swim time trial. Sunday is 200IM

Heyitsme
Reply to  Kristiina
2 years ago

His birthday was today, maybe he wants to get home to his wife and kids

Anonymous
Reply to  The Original Tim
2 years ago

I don’t think he can do 2 x 200 IM under 2:00 in one day

Wondering
Reply to  Anonymous
2 years ago

USRPT?

Wondering
2 years ago

Spared another Austin Katz interview….

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