2019 US Open Championships: Leah Smith Scratches 200 IM B-Final

Torrey Hart
by Torrey Hart 1

December 05th, 2019 National, News


Thursday finals heat sheet

Only two swimmers scratched out of A or B-finals on night 2 of the 2019 U.S. Open Championships in Atlanta.

  • Tucson Ford Dealer Aquatics’ Leah Smith finished 15th in prelims of the 200 IM, going 2:15.23, and scratched the final. She is already the No. 2 seed behind Katie Ledecky in the 400 free after going 4:08.77, and will remain in that event Thursday night.
  • Florida senior Khader Baqlah scratched out of the 400 free final after finishing 15th in 3:54.31. He does not have any other finals Thursday night. In his stead, Marcelo Acosta will swim in the B-final after going 3:54.64.

Notable scatches from C finals include Ryan Held and Townley Haas.

  • Haas was slated to swim in the C final after going 3:54.86 in the 400 free this morning.
  • Held went 22.88 for 23rd overall in 50 free prelims and scratched out of the C final.

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Sunny Cal
9 months ago

I hate when these pro swimmers think they are to great to swim anything but the A final, and scratch out.

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Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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