Caeleb Dressel Scratches 200 IM Prelims On Day 5 of U.S. Olympic Trials

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

#14 seed Caeleb Dressel scratched the 200 IM on day five of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Wave II. He won the 100 free semifinals Wednesday night and will focus his attention on the final tonight. #8 seed Shaine Casas also scratched the 200 IM, likely to focus on the 200 back where he is ranked 3rd.

Katie Ledecky was seeded 10th in the 100 free but she scratched the event. She’s coming off a decisive victory in the 1500 free final Wednesday night and she is gearing up for the 800 free on Friday. #12 seed Katie McLaughlin also dropped the 100 free. She finished 4th in the 200 free final Wednesday, securing her an Olympic roster spot in the 4×200 free relay.

There were three scratches in the men’s 200 back: #12 seed Sam Stewart, #21 seed Kieran Smith, and #24 seed Jack Dolan. Both Stewart and Kieran have the 200 IM where they are ranked 6th and 12th, respectively. Dolan’s next race will be the 50 free on Saturday.

Molly Hannis scratched the 200 breast where she was ranked 22nd. This was her second and final race of the meet, following the 100 breast where she finished 7th. #24 seed Zoie Hartman also scratched the 200 breast. This was her last race of the meet.

All Event Scratches in Circle Seeded Heats

Women’s 100 Free

Men’s 200 Back

Women’s 200 Breast

Men’s 200 IM

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Troyy
3 months ago

Shocking.

Sqimgod
3 months ago

One of you interviewers need to ask him why he scratched the 200 free

Emg1986
Reply to  Sqimgod
3 months ago

I think he pretty much explained that about 2 months ago. Swim the Prelims to get a relay worthy time, then scratch it to concentrate on his favoured events. Did he do enough? Probably shouldn’t be, considering there could be 7 swimmers on the team quicker than him on paper. It’s a bit of a gamble selecting you’re 8th fastest swimmer on the off chance he might swim 2 seconds quicker on the night.

Not to mention, if Dressel felt he had a 1:44 or faster in him, why didn’t he have a go at the semi-final?

ACC
Reply to  Emg1986
3 months ago

In 2012 they put Lochte on the 4 free relay even though he had the 10th fastest time at trials so it’s not unheard of.

Emg1986
Reply to  ACC
3 months ago

True… Although that was also an advert for why you shouldn’t.

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  Sqimgod
3 months ago

Why he would have swum 3 rounds of 200 free?
He has no gold medal chance in that event.
And he was not even sure to be top 2.
He only swam the prelims to say the US coaches that he’s available for the 4X200 free relay in Tokyo.
He needs to save as much energy as possible for the grueling second half of the olympic games with all the finals of his best events (100 free, 100 fly and 50 free) are all scheduled from Thursday to Sunday.

D3neverStops
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

I think Bobo Gigi is correct, what people fail to realize is at this point in the cycle for athletes at dressels caliber this is a marathon. These maximum efforts at this frequency can take a toll on the body, athletes should be strategic with what they choose to pursue.

Notanyswimmer
3 months ago

Have a feeling he’s about to get shut out of the top two…
Hope he gets in the top 6 at least.

bobthebuilderrocks
3 months ago

…. Ryan, why didn’t you scratch the 2 back?…

Jotolo
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
3 months ago

There’s no way that Lochte swims the 200 back prelims, right?

Megbert
Reply to  Jotolo
3 months ago

Watch him drop a casual 1:53 2 back.

Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

Of course! That’s absolute common sense from Caeleb Dressel.
If only Torri Huske has had the same common sense startegy by scratching the 200 free and the 200 IM to focus on the 100 free where being the freshest possible is needed.
Save your energy for the events in which you have the most chances of qualification and for the stars, the events in which you have the most chances of gold medals at olympic games.

pSL1988
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

Well said.

Brownish
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

Bobo, no downvote, I don’t think this ever happened to you 😉

PVSFree
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

To be fair, Huske nearly qualified in the 200 IM

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

Also, is this the year the sprint breaststroke Dressel did in college catches up with him?

RMS
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

Torri placed 4th in the 200 IM and almost finaled in the 200 free which would’ve been close for a relay spot. I’d say her choice to swim those races were justified. She’ll be fine in the 100.

96Swim
Reply to  RMS
3 months ago

She’s also really young and already on the team. Why not see what you can do in some of those events and maybe set up a bigger schedule in 2024?

Ol' Longhorn
3 months ago

I scratched too.

Wave 1.5 Qualifier
3 months ago

A defending 200 Breast Rio swimmer doesn’t even bother to swim the event?

Megbert
Reply to  Wave 1.5 Qualifier
3 months ago

yeah idk why Hannis dropped it. That’s so odd.

Last edited 3 months ago by Megbert
Joel Lin
3 months ago

enter Seli