Conor Dwyer Scratches 200 Free Final at Mesa PSS


There weren’t many A final scratches for the first finals session of the 2018 Mesa Pro Swim Series, but one was significant.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Conor Dwyer has taken his name out of the 200 free final after posting the top time of prelims. Dwyer swam a 1:49.45 this morning, four tenths ahead of Patrick Callan (1:49.86). This was Dwyer’s first competitive swim in a while.

With Dwyer’s scratch, Callan is now the top seed for the final tonight, and Michael Chadwick moves up to the A final after going 1:52.53 this morning.

In the 400 IM, Elena Koutsouveli scratched the A final after going 5:01.38 in prelims. On the men’s side, Gianluca Urlando has bowed out of the A final after going 4:30.69 this morning. Koutsoveli will instead focus on the 200 back B final, while Urlando is set to race in the 100 fly A final.

The other A final scratch came in the men’s 200 breast. Grand Canyon University’s Youssef El Kamash, who tied for 7th this morning with Michael Andrew at 2:16.60, won’t race that tonight.

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Of course he does


Of course you do.

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Why? Why go all the way to the meet just to scratch 200 free?


He does what he wants!


He might have sponsorship obligations that require him to attend meets. Just a guess.


To get the full compensation from being on the US national team, you have to attend certain meets


Why on earth?

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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