2021 U.S. Summer Championships – Irvine: Minimal Scratches for Day 1 Prelims

2021 Speedo Summer Championships – Irvine


Day 1 – Tuesday, August 3 

  • 200 Butterfly
  • 100 Freestyle
  • Women’s 800 Freestyle (fastest heat swum in finals)
  • Men’s 1500 Freestyle (fastest heat swum in finals)
  • Men’s 4 x 100 Free Relay (Finals only)

The first prelims session of the 2021 Speedo Summer Championships is set to kick off this morning. There were minimal scratches for this morning’s events, including only 1 scratch by a top 8 seed.

That scratch was comes from USC’s Max Saunders, who was the 8th seed in the men’s 100 free. Saunders, who raced at the Olympic Trials Wave I meet in June, will not be racing the men’s 100 free today. Later in the meet, Saunders is also entered in the men’s 200 free and 50 free, so we’ll see if he races either of those, or if he’s pulled out of the meet.

There was another scratch in the men’s 100 free, with iNspire Swim Team and Indiana University recruit Luke Barr scratching the event. Barr, 18, was the 12th seed in the event, and he hasn’t raced the LCM 100 free since March 11. Barr is entered in 5 other events this week.

Katie Cho, an 18-year-old out of La Mirada Armada, has scratch the women’s 200 fly. Cho was the 9th seed in the event, and the only other event she’s entered in at this meet is the women’s 100 fly.

La Mirada Armada teammate Kayla Han has also pulled out of the women’s 200 fly, although in Han’s case, it appears to be in an effort to focus on the 800 free. Han, just 13 years old, wasn’t highly seeded in the 200 fly (25th). However, she’s the #3 seed in the women’s 800, and will be swimming in the fastest heat during finals tonight.

There are no scratches to report in the top 16 seeds in the men’s 200 fly. There is, however, an addition who wasn’t listed on the psych sheet. Nikolas Wheeler, a 17-year-old from Rochester Swim Club in Minnesota, has entered the event. Wheeler is the 13th seed in the event with his time of 2:03.89.

The women’s 800 free and men’s 1500 free both had no scratches.

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