Curzan Scratches 100 Back, Farris 200 Free On Day 2 Prelims of U.S. Trials

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

16-year-old Claire Curzan has scratched out of the 100 back heats this morning, resting up for tonight’s loaded 100 fly final.

She’s one of a few key scratches out of the top 24 seeds this morning. 18-year-old Gretchen Walsh has also scratched that 100 back. She was 12th in the 100 fly semifinals last night, but is expected to have her best Olympic chances in the 50 free and 100 free later this week.

Harvard star Dean Farris has pared down his lineup, focusing in on the 100 back instead of the 200 free. Farris – among the best in history in the short course yards versions of both events – had entered both, but was expected to drop one of the two somewhere along the line. The 200 free offers more chances to make the Olympic team, with up to the top 6 earning Olympic roster spots in the final. But the 100 back is a much less loaded field.

2016 Olympian Jack Conger also scratched out of that 200 free. He was seeded just outside the circle-seeds in 26th.

A couple of high-seeded 400 freestylers dropped out of that race: #5 seed Erica Sullivan and #6 seed Ally McHughBoth are more likely to make the team in the 800 or 1500 frees. McHugh was 5th in last night’s 400 IM final.

All scratches out of the circle-seeded heats for Day 2 Prelims:

Women’s 100 back:

Men’s 200 free:

Women’s 100 breast:

none

Men’s 100 back:

none

Women’s 400 free:

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monsterbasher
1 month ago

What? I don’t understand for Dean how that is a better choice?? 100 back is probably one of the most men’s competitive events in trials while 2 free is wide open rn.

Roch
Reply to  monsterbasher
1 month ago

100 back used to be very competitive for the men. Can’t say we’ve seen anything lately that could compete for a medal though.

Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
Reply to  Roch
1 month ago

???

monsterbasher
Reply to  Roch
1 month ago

Casas and Murphy?? Not to mention Michael Andrew is on point this meet.

Swimmer
Reply to  monsterbasher
1 month ago

Michael said it’s just too warm up see how he feels that day most likely will scratch or just do prelims

John
Reply to  Swimmer
1 month ago

if his 100BR is any indication a relaxed 100BK might be a top2 result in finals for MA.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  monsterbasher
1 month ago

Agree, on the surface the 200m Free was his best chance to make the team and that 100BK will be tough to beat out Casas or Murphy for a spot.

BillyBob
Reply to  monsterbasher
1 month ago

I’m a huge Grevers fan but winning a gold medal many years ago doesn’t mean anything for this meet. If Lenny Krazelberg were in this event you wouldn’t be saying “There are 3 gold medalists in the 100 back! Better stay out of that race!”

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  monsterbasher
1 month ago

If you’ve died as many times as he has in LCM races, you’d do the 100 back too.

SwimSwammer
Reply to  monsterbasher
1 month ago

Yeah… I don’t know about scratching the 2Free (especially when you’re seeded at a relay spot). I hope it works out for him and he doesn’t look back on the scratch with regret.

seetheworldswim
Reply to  monsterbasher
1 month ago

Yeah like go to Olympics at least as a relay swimmer

BillyBob
1 month ago

If only two spots made it in the 200 free I would understand Dean scratching it. I’m really confused why you would scratch it when you seemingly have such a good shot at a relay spot. I hope nothing is wrong.

Willswim
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

When he choose the 100 back over the 200 free at 2019 NCAAs didn’t he say he did it because 100 back is his favorite race?

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Willswim
1 month ago

Good for him. At the end of the day do what makes you happy.

PVSFree
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

But why wouldn’t you try for the relay spot? He was one of the favorites there. I hope everything’s ok

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

Probably for him training for the 100s (free and back) are completely different and incompatible animals than training for a 200 LCM free. Confidence-wise, he’s going all-in for the 100 free for a relay slot, and the most compatible training companion for that would be the 100 back.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

That makes sense, I forgot about the 100 free but probably has a better chance there than the 200.

NC Swammer
1 month ago

Conger putting all his chips into the fly basket seems like a bold move. Figured he could have at least a 1:46-mid in him again.

BillyBob
Reply to  NC Swammer
1 month ago

Agreed. I think MA could beat him in the 100 fly but I don’t think he will swim the final so Conger should be the favorite for 2nd.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

Conger will be lucky to break 52. 51.8 at best, and there are a bunch of guys faster than that.

anonymous
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

MA might not swim it for the 2 IM
Especially if Rooney turns up

Backstroke03
1 month ago

And just like that, years of Dean Farris memes go down the drain.

Swamererer
Reply to  Backstroke03
1 month ago

Why would any coach sign off on this move? That is the bigger question here.

Joe Bailey
Reply to  Swamererer
1 month ago

because he wanted to swim the 100 back….

Backstroke
Reply to  Joe Bailey
1 month ago

Imagine being hyped for years then deciding 300 yards is too much to race? Gee whiz.

BillyBob
Reply to  Backstroke03
1 month ago

You’ll be apologizing when Dean goes 50.9 in the 100 back.

Backstroke
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

If he drops 3 seconds off his seed I will be incredibly impressed

Backstroke
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

Looks like no apology will be necessary. Unless you meant 54.9

DCSwim
1 month ago

Why hath our King forsaken us?

Robbos
Reply to  DCSwim
1 month ago

Aiming for 2024.

Sarcastic
1 month ago

Dean scratches the 200? Uhhh. . What

Dan
1 month ago

It is the wrong link for the stream but it does not matter to me right now as I am receiving an error message when I am trying to access the correct page

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
1 month ago

Is Lochte scratching? Can’t imagine him swimming the 100 back…

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