2021 U.S. Trials Day One Prelims: Ryan Lochte and Kieran Smith Scratch 400 IM

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

Day 1 Start Lists

It’s finally here, the 2021 Wave II U.S. Olympic Trials is less than 24 hours away, and the first prelims start lists are now live. Peering at the first round of scratches, prospective freestyler Kieran Smith and IM veteran Ryan Lochte have dropped their top-16 seeds in the men’s 400 IM.

Smith was seeded 8th in the 400 IM at 4:15.17, yet will instead focus on the 400 free, where he is seeded 2nd at 3:47.71. Lochte, on the other hand, scratched his No. 15 seed (4:18.95) to opt out of Sunday prelims. Lochte is seeded higher in the 200 IM, with his entry time of 1:57.76 good enough for 5th on the psych sheets. On Monday morning, Lochte will put up prelims efforts in the 200 free (No. 53) and 100 back (No. 27).

The only other top-16 scratch for Sunday morning was Michigan’s Patrick Callan, who was seeded at No. 9 in the 400 free at 3:49.34. According to his Instagram story, he is in Omaha, but will focus on his sole other event, the 200 free. In that event, he is seeded 12th at 1:47.36, which puts him in heavy contention for a second swim in the evening and advancing to the top-8 final.

Also ditching the 400 free was flyer Luca Urlando, scratching his No. 20 seeded time of 3:52.69. His next event before his disciplinary 200 fly will be the 200 free, where he sits in 5th on the psych sheets at 1:46.51.

More Notable Scratches

  • While Jack Walker opted out of the 400 free, where he was seeded 22nd, he still has a whole week to prep for the 1500 free. There, he is seeded at a strong No. 6 at 15:15.75.
  • Choosing to save her energy on Sunday and dropping an off-event is versatile Alex Walsh, opting out of the 100 fly event, where she was seeded 37th at 59.58. The next event on her schedule is the women’s 100 back, where she is seeded at No. 14 (1:00.32).
  • Preferring the 400 IM over the 400 free was Stanford commit Matthew Fenlon. Meanwhile, Texas’ Braden Vines scratched his No. 24 seed in the 400 IM. Vines will instead look forward to the 200 breast (No. 35) and 200 IM (No. 25).
  • Teenager Claire Tuggle decided not to swim the 400 IM prelims tomorrow morning. Why? Likely to rest up for the 400 free prelims, where she could make the top-8 final if she can improve from her No. 10 seed of 4:07.85.

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maybe?
4 months ago

As expected

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
4 months ago

What’s been up with Liam Bell? Where is he transferring?

DCSwim
4 months ago

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PK doesn’t like his long name
4 months ago

It’s happeninggggggggggg!!!

Swimmer
Reply to  PK doesn’t like his long name
4 months ago

Why is today not tomorrow?

Editor
Reply to  Swimmer
4 months ago

The sooner you go to bed, the sooner Santa comes…er…Trials start…

Wave 1.5 Qualifier
Reply to  Swimmer
4 months ago

Drive further east and it might arrive faster.

Paella747
Reply to  Swimmer
4 months ago

It’s already here in the Netherlands…… unfortunately prelims aren’t until the evening…. 😉

Wave 1.5 Qualifier
Reply to  PK doesn’t like his long name
4 months ago

What, me defecating and/or peeing in my pants?
Yes, that indeed is happening.

GrameziPT
4 months ago

Lochte just improved his chances of qualifying tremendously

MTK
4 months ago

Yep, probably not a good use of Lochte’s energy. He didn’t make it in this event 5 years ago, and the depth has only improved since then.

Last edited 4 months ago by MTK
A C
Reply to  MTK
4 months ago

Good point!

A C
4 months ago

Instead of having all these preemptive scratches, how about staging a longer Olympic Trials meet where swimmers could swim more events but then, if they qualify in more than one event, discuss with the U.S. team coaches about possibly scratching an event?

Swimmer5
Reply to  A C
4 months ago

I mean the point is this replicates the olympic lineup minus relays. And an 8 day meet is already plenty long most of these swimmers would say

MTK
Reply to  Swimmer5
4 months ago

Yeah I agree with this. What’s the point of a swimmer qualifying for a tough double on the Olympic schedule if they won’t swim it there? This schedule simulating the Olympics is the perfect scenario.

Jotolo
Reply to  A C
4 months ago

I love the way you are thinking outside the box!

Jotolo
Reply to  A C
4 months ago

I can easily see scenarios where your proposal might produce a stronger overall team.

Mr Piano
4 months ago

Guys I really do think he’s going to make the team. Maybe it’s by like 0.01, but he’s going to make it

bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  Mr Piano
4 months ago

100% with you, MA and Lochte for the two spots. Mr. USRPT and Mr. “Garbage Yardage” for the US Men 200 IM spots. It would be awesome if both guys made it, since they are literally on opposite ends of the yardage/training spectrum and they come together in this one specific race and swim it way differently according to their strengths. I just find something about that super cool.

MarkB
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
4 months ago

I’m not sure Troy’s program is associated with “garbage yardage”. High yardage, tough yardage, make you cry yardage – but not garbage yardage.

bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  MarkB
4 months ago

There is a reason I said “garbage yardage” and not garbage yardage.

A C
Reply to  Mr Piano
4 months ago

I am with you, but did Ryan appear to have the sniffles at his media interview today?

Yabo
Reply to  A C
4 months ago

He appeared to not be vaccinated

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Yabo
4 months ago

great decision

Anonymoose
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
4 months ago

you dropped your /s

Dudeman
Reply to  Yabo
4 months ago

It could be the Connor dwyer special too (obligatory ITS A JOKE before people get mad)

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