Curzan & Lochte Scratch Out Of Richmond Pro Swim Series

2021 TYR PRO SWIM SERIES – RICHMOND

Claire Curzan and Ryan Lochte have both dropped off the psych sheets for the Pro Swim Series opener in Richmond, Virginia this week. Updated psych sheets show a number of notable scratches.

Teenage phenom Curzan was the top seed in three different events: the 100 fly, 100 back, and 200 back. The 16-year-old was originally entered in five races, with some potential National Age Group records up for grabs. But Curzan no longer appears on psych sheets and won’t be competing in Richmond this week.

In fact, a few of her teammates on the North Carolina-based TAC Titans have scratched off the original psych sheets. Other TAC Titans scratches include 17-year-old Lance Norris and 16-year-old Braeden Haugheyboth age group standouts.

12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte was set to compete in Richmond as well, but he’s also scratched off the psych sheets. The 36-year-old would have been one of the meet’s most high-profile names, and was entered in a whopping six events.

Lochte’s scratch is part of a mass exodus out of the 200 IM. The original top three seeds have all scratched: Lochte, Dynamo’s Raunak Khoslaand 18-year-old SwimMAC swimmer Tim Connery.

You can see the full updated psych sheets here.

Other notable scratches on the updated psych sheets:

  • Mariah Denigan
  • Alexa Reyna
  • Zoe Skirboll
  • Mackenzie McConagha
  • Ziyad Saleem
  • James Wells

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Stephen G Little
8 months ago

the real question is WHY?

NC Fan
Reply to  Stephen G Little
8 months ago

Lochte would have had to arrive Monday since he was flying. Curzan would have to arrive Weds for Friday swims…..all due to Covid protocols. That’s a lot of time out of a focused training environment and coming out of winter training are they really resting at all or more focused on pushing through to either spring short course goal meets or saving the taper for when it counts? In other words, if you’ve been there and done that, what’s the real attraction of this meet 5 months before Trials, other than giving us swim junkies something to watch and talk about.

Walter
Reply to  NC Fan
8 months ago

Meet starts Thursday, why on earth does Lochte need to be there yesterday?

Mike
Reply to  Walter
8 months ago

COVID protocol for these meets are pretty strict. Anyone coming from over 400 miles had to be there on Monday with negative test and then retest during the week.

coachymccoachface
Reply to  Walter
8 months ago

The rules of the meet. More than 4 hour drive or flying you had to be there early.

Olympian
Reply to  NC Fan
8 months ago

Seems like a pretty lame reason for me… “out of a focused training environment”?? You’re there for RACING, that’s the whole point of your training!

Jack
Reply to  Olympian
8 months ago

Right now the whole point of Ryan’s training is racing at Trials and perhaps the Games. A big part of that is having a big aerobic base, which is hard to do at 35.

No Pro Series meet is worth a significant disruption of his training cycle now.

Olympian
Reply to  Jack
8 months ago

I’m sorry man, you can’t get race ready if you don’t RACE!! Threshold and yardage alone won’t cut it… Gotta suit up and step on the block against people.
Plus you’re wrong on the age vs aerobic concept, just take a look on the age average between the best marathon and iron man competitors in the world.

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Sun Yangs Hammer
Reply to  Olympian
8 months ago

He raced just two weeks ago

Huey
Reply to  Jack
8 months ago

No no no, bruh. Your aerobic base is developed between 11-18 years of age. That’s why all of the jack age group coaches have their kids swimming 20,000 yards/day over Christmas break. Except for Claire and Regan’s coaches. Maybe a few others. All Ry-dog needs to do is some 50s, maybe stretch to 75s, and boom., he’s dropping 1:53 by July.

Last edited 8 months ago by Huey
Live from Richmond...
Reply to  Olympian
8 months ago

I will say it’s challenging from a training standpoint, especially if you can train LCM at home. The RVA facility is very accommodating and doing a great job managing everyone. That said, for those who had to arrive Monday (anyone outside of a four-hour travel radius), there was no pool time on Monday, Tuesday was SCY only and the water was very warm, Wednesday was originally only 75 minutes SCY at 6:45AM then an offsite option was added SCM outdoors in the afternoon. Today is the first day LCM water is available. From
an opportunity to race perspective, with so many scratches, it’s nice that pretty much everyone will get second swims, but seems like they could have popped… Read more »

Sqimgod
Reply to  Stephen G Little
8 months ago

Protesting sun yang

SCCOACH
8 months ago

Welp, so much for that

Monteswim
8 months ago

Why?

CaO126
Reply to  Monteswim
8 months ago

I know that some teams right now are quarantining due to covid cases in the team

Swim Taxi
8 months ago

Claire and her TAC teammates are on the psych sheet for the TAC Polar Plunge meet this weekend

Anonymous
Reply to  Swim Taxi
8 months ago

Because why travel to Richmond, stay in a hotel, and have to compete at a meet that is not run by TAC Titans.

Drew Macdonald
Reply to  Anonymous
8 months ago

It’s pretty expensive to go to one of these meets, beyond just hotel and travel. Let’s maybe not shade a high schooler for choosing a more affordable (and safe) option right now

Huey
Reply to  Anonymous
8 months ago

Bitter much? What’s your beef with the titans? Or is it with Claire? Step out of the shadows and introduce yourself. I’m sure the titans already know your ilk.

Confused Coach
8 months ago

The real question is, why are we having athletes travel from all over the US for a swim meet. This is a pandemic. USA Swimming: Time to figure out your priorities.

West Coast Refugee
Reply to  Confused Coach
8 months ago

Using your rationale, why are trials still on? Day 1 is 149 days away. News flash, the pandemic is still going to be going on then as well.

Confused Coach
Reply to  West Coast Refugee
8 months ago

Seriously, you bring up a great point. Why is trials going on, and as planned. We’ve seen what Canada is doing with the plans. Howe are we going to have 1600+ athletes and coaches in one facility? How is that reasonable? How is USA Swimming being reasonable with still selling admittance as a spectator?

1 person is dying every 8 minutes in LA, the pandemic is not going away and the numbers are increasing everywhere. Athletes are DEEPLY being effect with post covid symptoms and can’t train for months, and there are athletes in states that can’t train or compete. When will we start being realistic and start setting realizing expectations? It’s just going to be another mental health… Read more »

Doconc
Reply to  Confused Coach
8 months ago

Fear mongering. A mild flu for nearly all these young people

Troyy
Reply to  Doconc
8 months ago

And possibly not a mild flu for whoever they give it to.

So confused
Reply to  Troyy
8 months ago

This is the issue right here- the fact that it is being spread by the kids. I don’t think anyone can wrap their mind around this if not in it or directly involved somehow. Swimmers are most likely going to be fine even if they get Covid but the people dying from Covid spread to them needs to be the concern. Go to the local small meet if any.

Swammer
Reply to  So confused
8 months ago

For some of us, this is a small local meet

Exswimmerish
Reply to  So confused
8 months ago

So all swimmers :
– have the highly false positive prone pcr test 72h prior
– are getting tested daily

Need some links for asymptomatic spread. Last I saw kids being with kids wasn’t killing grandma (was study on grade school kids and spread not being a risk)

CaO126
Reply to  Doconc
8 months ago

What about grandma who watches meet? What about the uncle with cancer? This isn’t just the flu, the Olympics don’t just get canceled cause of the flu. Honestly anti-maskers are making this worse because if we all cooperated instead of complaining, this disease would be gone.

OldSwimmer
Reply to  Doconc
8 months ago

And 15 percent of them, even the asymptomatic ones, will get myocarditis. That’s inflammation of the heart muscle. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamacardiology/fullarticle/2770645

Exswimmerish
Reply to  OldSwimmer
8 months ago

Just read the study. I’m NOT a Dr but note:
– study was on 26 Ohio athletes. FOUR were found to have stuff that looked like myocarditis. If this was 400/2600 that’d be meaningful. Stats 101 says small numbers are hard to trust
– per the study, there was no baseline. There’s zero causality tied to Sars cov 2.

All that said, I’d like to see more proactive testing done of athletes. Given the high R of Sars cov 2, it’d be great to get a baseline of athletes who are not serum pos and then at a later date PCR test positive.

It’s Not Rocket Science
Reply to  Confused Coach
8 months ago

The athletes and coaches had to provide results of a negative test taken 72 hours out from travel, arrive early, and be tested again onsite.

West Coast Refugee
8 months ago

#1 Reason. It’s Richmond.

The end.

sw1mm3r7575
Reply to  West Coast Refugee
8 months ago

The fact that it’s in Richmond has nothing to do with it? The site of the pro series is honestly one of the best pools in the country and the city itself is actually pretty great and is home to one of the best aquatic Clubs in the nation, Nova of Virginia Aquatics.

Last edited 8 months ago by sw1mm3r7575
West Coast Refugee
Reply to  sw1mm3r7575
8 months ago

<—Former Richmond resident here. CSAC is a great pool, but would not consider it one of the best pools in the country. Richmond can be a pretty neat town (IMO, not remotely close to “great”) but only about 6 months out of the year, and definitely not in January during a pandemic. Having to drive a half hour to get somewhere that you would actually want to get out of your car doesn’t help either. I don’t see what NOVA has to do with this conversation, maybe you swim for them?

Last edited 8 months ago by West Coast Refugee
sw1mm3r7575
Reply to  West Coast Refugee
8 months ago

I do not swim for nova, I was simply pointing out that Richmond is definitely a pretty cool city with lots to offer. And maybe you do not consider it one of the best pools but it is regarded as one of the best by thousands of other people. The points about the hotel are accurate but my point is that Richmond is not a bad place to be which is what you implied.

Austin Surhoff
Reply to  West Coast Refugee
8 months ago

Dude this meets literally at the 08 trials pool. That’s about as good a pool as you can get.

DMSWIM
Reply to  West Coast Refugee
8 months ago

West Coast Refugee, when was the last time you lived in Richmond? I’ve lived here for 7 years now, and it has improved drastically since my arrival. I admit that January is not the best time to visit, but the weather is pretty great from April through December. It has great restaurants and breweries, is the only city with Class 4 rapids within city limits, and has a burgeoning art scene.
I admit that the pool is in an awkward location, but it’s not a 30 minute drive to “somewhere that you would actually want to get out of your car.” The pool is just off of a highway that can get you just about anywhere in the city… Read more »

Gator
Reply to  West Coast Refugee
8 months ago

Well said.

Schwim
Reply to  West Coast Refugee
8 months ago

Richmond has an incredible pool.

West Coast Refugee
Reply to  Schwim
8 months ago

Yes, but that’s about it (especially in the winter). Restaurants and hotels are 25-30 minutes away. Logistically it doesn’t work very well for this caliber of meet, especially if somebody like Ryan Lochte had to quarantine for 4-5 days.

Troyy
Reply to  West Coast Refugee
8 months ago

Your other comment critical of SwimSwam got removed.Just letting you know in case you didn’t notice.

West Coast Refugee
Reply to  Troyy
8 months ago

I am just beside myself in grief.

Crazyaboutswim
8 months ago

Should be holding meets in AZ -outdoor swimming and resorts everywhere. Phoenix is literally a outdoor paradise this time of year- Phoenix Open is still happening…

CaO126
Reply to  Crazyaboutswim
8 months ago

One problem, COVID!!!!

Bobo Gigi
8 months ago

I think we don’t still realize enough the huge impact of what happens since last March will have on the performances of many athletes whose training has been massively affected by local restrictions and who have very few meets under their belt compared to some others in different parts of USA or different parts of the world who could train normally and have raced much more in competition.

Klorn8d
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
8 months ago

Bono Gigi????? You’re back

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