Earlier, we broke the news that Ryan Lochte would be scratching three of his four entries on Thursday: the 400 IM, where he’s the defending Olympic gold medalist, the 50 backstroke, and the 50 breaststroke (with the latter being basically a given).
Other than him, though, a majority of the entries for Thursday have remained in-tact from the pre-meet psych sheets.
The biggest scratch perhaps is Celina Li of the Pleasanton Seahawks. The future Cal Golden Bear dropped the 100 fly from her schedule for Thursday. That’s not her best chance at making the Worlds team, and though she was only 31st at the Olympic Trials last year, she is considered the best butterflier in the high school class of 2013.
There were a few other scratches aside from those two, but none of much significance. Clary scratched the 400 IM as well. Lindsay Clary, that is: the sister of the new favorite in the men’s 400 IM Tyler Clary. She and SwimMAC’s versatile Kathleen Baker are both out of that race. Dimitry Dolgov and Scott Weltz also scratched the men’s 400 IM.
Lochte was the only scratch in the men’s 50 backstroke and the men’s 50 breaststroke.