Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Lochte Scratch Sunday 200 IM Final in Mission Viejo


Sunday Finals Heat Sheet

After swimming a pair of 2:00s to rank in the top three during yesterday’s 200 IM prelims, Gator Swim Club’s Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Lochte have opted to scratch out of Sunday morning’s finals session. Dressel also scratched out of the 100 free final after putting up the No. 2 time in the nation at 48.83. Also scratching out of Sunday morning’s finals session in Mission Viejo from Gator Swim Club include Khader Baqlah (100 free 49.38), Sherridon Dressel (200 back 2:14.92), and Drew Loy (200 IM 2:03.19, 100 free 50.36).

While five Gators are not swimming this morning, three will aim to better their Saturday PM swims. Gator teammates Tom Peribonio (2:01.59) and Grant Sanders (2:03.28) will swim the 200 IM championship final. Peribonio, an Ecuadorian native, owns the national record at 2:00.07 from the 2019 World Championships, just off the 1:59.67 FINA Olympic A cut. Meanwhile, Sanders will be aiming for the Wave II cut of 2:03.02.

Florida Gator Eric Friese of Germany will also swim the 100 free final (49.61), aiming to pass countrymen Christoph Fildebrandt, who recently swam 49.34 in Madgeburg, and Josha Salchow (49.47) to rank 4th in his nation since January 2020, increasing his chances of being selected for the 400 free relay in Tokyo.

Also scratching out of the 100 free A-final was Mission Viejo’s Zach Apple, who registering the #3 seed at 49.16. This now allowed Venezuelan Cristian Quintero (49.66) and Harvard alum Dean Farris of Veritas Swimming (50.16) to bump into the A-final. Out of the consolation final, #12 Bruno Fratus of Brazil (50.17) and #13 Matt Targett of Australia (50.18) scratched their finals swims. Earning a second swim was veteran Matt Grevers, who originally placed 22nd in prelims at 51.13.

Scratching the 1500 free timed final include No. 6 women’s seed Mexican Ayumi Macias Alba of Arizona (16:35.34) and men’s seeds #1 Zane Grothe (14:56.10) and #5 David Heron (15:19.74). Now leading the top men’s 1500 free timed final will be Jordan Wilimovsky (14:59.94).

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Coach D
1 year ago

Move the competition one day back and finish on Saturday. Travel and rest on Sunday. Move right into new training cycle Monday.

Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

I mean, getting your ass kicked by MA on national TV is bad for the brand.

He said what?
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

I hate to admit this, but I had the same thought. Right or wrong, it did pop into my mind.

1 year ago

They want to be treated as pros, but behave like amateurs. Elite swimming has got to change the the culture of all the scratches. What other popular successful sports do this?

old fly
Reply to  PowerPlay
1 year ago

Periodization training, being best for the eventual result, doesn’t support in-season meets. The birth of real pro swimming will require that swimmers be competent, at the Olympic level, throughout the entire season. That’s when big pay will follow. This contradiction was resolved in successful pro sports, but has not yet in swimming.

1 year ago

Nothing like supporting your sponsor at a Tyr event

dressy dressel
1 year ago

Have trust in gregg

1 year ago


1 year ago

what’s the point?? seriously…

1 year ago

maaaan there goes my excitement for this session lol.

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