The heat sheets are posted for day 6’s prelims in Omaha, Nebraska, and this could be a bit of a marathon session, thanks to 7 heats of the women’s 800 free kicking the day off (that should run just over an hour). Other than that, we will kick off what should be a good morning session, where we’ll see the beginning of the men’s 100 fly prelims that has one of the more compelling second-place battles between the likes of Tim Phillips, Tyler McGill, Davis Tarwater, and a few others.
But here’s the stunning name in the mix: Ryan Lochte. He warned that he might swim some unusual events at this meet, and despite having a double with the 200 back and 200 IM finals on Saturday evening, he is still entered in the 100 fly for the morning session. It’s not clear what his motivation might be there – unless he thinks his chances at making the medley in the 100 fly are better than the 100 back right now (though swimming a triple would be ludicrous – if anyone could do it).
Swimmers who won’t be in that race include David Nolan, who has struggled this meet, and Jack Conger, who will be resting for his 200 back final in the evening session.
The women’s 800 free has a couple of significant scratches: Cal swimmers Lauren Driscoll (future) and Catherine Breed. Allison Schmitt has also scratched the longest race on the women’s pool schedule, with the 100 free in the evening. Elizabeth Beisel was another scratch from this race, which will be a “thank goodness” moment for a lot of swim fans as she will also be swimming the 200 back.
North Baltimore’s Chris Brady scratched the 50 free, but that’s not really a surprise: his chances at a final in the 200 fly are heads-and-tails better.
But perhaps the most surprising scratch of all is that Megan Romano is dropping the 200 back; after missing the 100 free final, and placing outside of the top 6 in the 200 free, that means she’s putting all of her eggs in the basket of the 50 free to earn her ticket to London.