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


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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1 year ago

I think I had him placing well in this event 🙂

1 year ago

Was banking on those Lochte points, there goes my Pick ‘Em 😂

1 year ago

It’s going to take a 56 in the women’s 100 back to win gold at the olympics, and that might not even guarantee it, that is just crazy fast!

Last edited 1 year ago by SwimCoachSean
The Original Tim
1 year ago

Welp, I thought Lochte was actually gonna go for the 400 IM. His one in season LC swim made a case for it and his schedule also made it reasonable, as well as theoretically giving him a legit shot at it.

Oh well.

1 year ago

A Classic with Mr JEAH

1 year ago

I believe the description of Jack Walker should be in regards to Jack Collins. It appears that both scratched their 400s, but Collins is the miler

Bobo Gigi
1 year ago

For all swimmers, save your energy for your best events. For the big names, save your energy for the events in which you have the biggest chances to qualify. And for the stars, save your energy for the events in which you have the best chances of winning gold at olympic games. Common sense.

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Reply to  Bobo Gigi
1 year ago

Haven’t seen your name in the comment section in ages, welcome back master Bobo

I once split a 55
1 year ago

What do you think Lochte swims?
I reckon 200 IM, 200 Free, 100 Fly.

He’ll maybe break 52 on the 100 fly. Finish 7th or 8th.

200 free will be 1:47, 1:46 high at very best. Won’t make the final.

200 IM 1:56 of some sort. 2nd or 3rd.

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