2019 PHILLIPS 66 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
- July 31 – August 4, 2019
- Prelims 9:00 AM (Pacific)/Finals 5:00 PM (Pacific)
- Avery Aquatics Center
- Stanford, CA
- Meet Site
- Psych Sheet
- Omega Results
American swimmer Caeleb Dressel, fresh off his 8 total medal performance at the World Championships, has scratched another event at the 2019 US National Championships on Friday. He won’t swim the 100 fly, which was one of his 4 individual gold medals at Worlds last week, just as he didn’t swim the 100 free and 200 free on Wednesday and Thursday.
While it was believed that Dressel would eventually race this weekend in Stanford, he still hasn’t through day 3 of the 5 day championship. He still has remaining entries in the 100 breast, 200 IM, and 50 free in the final 2 days of the meet.
Other Worlds team member scratches include Mallory Comerford out of the 100 fly and Hali Flickinger out of the 400 IM. Neither swimmer is in California. Regan Smith, meanwhile, will swim the 100 fly, keeping with her trend of swimming all of her entries aside from the backstrokes in which she broke World Records in Gwangju. The anticipation has deflated just a little, because while Smith has been pretty good, and won the 200 fly title, she hasn’t shown the otherworldly speed this week that we saw from her at Worlds.
Another big scratch on the day comes from Dressel’s fellow Florida alum Ryan Lochte, who was scheduled to swim the 400 IM. In his first meet back from a 14-month suspension for receiving an IV in violation of FINA anti-doping rules, Lochte’s swims have been mixed. On day 1, he swam a 1:57.88 in a 200 IM time trial, which makes him the 4th-fastest American in the event this season. His 200 free on Thursday, however, saw him swim a 1:50.25 in the 200 free, finishing 37th and short of qualifying for any finals.
Lochte is still scheduled to swim the 100 fly on Friday morning, where he’s seeded in an early heat.
- Worlds swimmer Ella Eastin and her Stanford teammate Allie Raab have scratched out of the 400 IM, where she was seeded 10th, but would have bumped up to 8th without Eastin or Flickinger racing. Neither has raced yet at this meet in spite of being in their home pool.
- The 10th seed in the 100 fly, Umitcan Gures, has scratched. The rising Harvard sophomore is a Turkish national and holds individual Turkish Records in 3 events.