Foster In 200 Free Final After Urlando Scratches; Andrew To Swim 100 Back Final

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

Omega Timing has already published start lists for tonight’s finals, based on last night’s semi-final results, and there was one big change in the men’s 200 free. Luca Urlando has apparently opted not to swim the final after placing 6th in the semi-finals with a time of 1:46.93. That scratch bumps up Carson Foster, who finished 9th in semis with a time of 1:47.03, just 0.03s behind the 8th place finisher, Patrick Callan.

Urlando presumably scratched to focus on the 200 fly, where he holds the top seed. Prelims are this morning, then semi finals are tonight. While the 200 free final comes before the 200 fly semi-finals, there are three events in between, and on paper, Urlando would seem to have have a strong shot of making the Olympic Team in the 4×200 relay, as the USA is usually able to take the top six finishers in the 200 free. Instead, Urlando will put his proverbial eggs in the 200 fly basket, focusing on making the team in that event. Interestingly enough, two of the men he’ll be competing against in the 200 fly, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz, both made the 2016 Olympic Team in the 4×200 relay, but opted not to contest the 200 free this week.

Instead, Foster will now get another shot at the Olympic Team after finishing 3rd in the 400 IM by half a second on Sunday. Notably, Foster joining the 200 free means there will now be three current or former Texas Longhorns in the 200 free final after alum Townley Haas and rising senior Drew Kibler qualified 3rd and 4th in last night’s semi-finals. Texas has had at least one man on the USA 4×200 squad every Olympics dating back to 1988. In yet another fun twist, Foster is actually entered in the 200 fly this morning, although it seems likely he’ll scratch that to focus on the 200 free final.

Meanwhile, the start lists for the 100 back indicate that Michael Andrew, who won the 100 breast last night, still intends to swim the final of the 100 back tonight after qualifying 8th last night after his 100 breast victory. There was some speculation that Andrew might scratch in on order to conserve energy, with possibly the 200 IM, 100 fly, and the 50 free still on his schedule, but for now, it appears to be sticking with the 100 back final. While we haven’t gotten a chance to dig through all Olympic Trials results, it’s highly unusual at least for anyone to swim finals of both the 100 back and 100 breast at Trials, and this could very well be the first time it’s ever happened.

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PVSFree
1 month ago

I hope Foster gets a spot on the team, but it’s going to be an absolute dogfight for the relay spots. It’s really anyone’s race tonight

Khachaturian
Reply to  PVSFree
1 month ago

I’ve been rooting for Carson this whole time, I think he can do it

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  PVSFree
1 month ago

With the exception of the winner/second place everyone is going to be touching at the same time.

anonymous
Reply to  Robert Gibbs
1 month ago

Watch out for Apple’s 100 free he had tremendous speed going out in the 200

Horninco
Reply to  Robert Gibbs
1 month ago

I mean, you have 4 guys that have represented the USA internationally on the senior team in this event in some way and the other 4 have represented USA in the event on the international junior teams. Quite a lineup

My bet is smith is a near lock to be top 2, and experience matters so apple, seliskar, Haas and peironi make up the next 4. Leaving one potential spot for Callan, Foster and Kibler

Horninco
Reply to  Robert Gibbs
1 month ago

My thoughts on Haas and peironi is that they have been hopefully swimming tactical races and doing just what they need to advance and both have big times coming tonight. USA needs some 1:44’s

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  PVSFree
1 month ago

I only see Smith going 1:44. Seli and Apple look good, but Seli is the only other one with 1:45.0 potential.

bigNowhere
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

what do you think of Haas and Peironi? Haas especially has had some really fast 200s over the years.

PFA
1 month ago

Happy to see Carson make it into the final probably because Luca is saving up for the 2 fly I don’t blame him. Also I i guess if Michael Andrew wants to do the 100 back then go for it I’m not really sure what else to say there.

anonymous
Reply to  PFA
1 month ago

He was actually quite excited about in yesterday’s post race press conference

Don’t expect him to qualify but maybe he is doing it juts for fun and getting the confidence from a PB

PFA
Reply to  anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah probably go a 53 low or 52.9 I’m guessing is his goal I mean he’s on the team now so some of the pressure is off of his chest.

usaswimerror
Reply to  PFA
1 month ago

What I have always loved about MA and his family is that they march to the beat of their own drummer. Pro at 14, USRPT, skip college, goal of making the finals in all for 50s at World’s and now trying to do everything at the OTs even though most of us think this may hurt his chances at going to Tokyo in events later this week. Things most of us consider crazy.

He reminds me of the Kevin Costner movie “Tin Cup” where the washed up golfer foregoes his chance at winning the US Open in order to repeatedly attempt to make a disastrously difficult shot. Making that shot was more important than winning the US Open to him,… Read more »

1st off the blocks
Reply to  usaswimerror
1 month ago

Everyone hates on USRPT but that stuff is extremely hard and intense. Especially considering it’s what he does every day. I came from a program which trained everything; aerobic threshold, sprint power, lactate work and I couldn’t imagine doing USRPT everyday, twice a week was enough for me.

Goes to show how mentally tough he’s become despite all the ‘hate’ he’s received over the years.

Michael Andrew, you’ve earned that spot to Tokyo. Can’t wait to see what else he’s got in store.

Skoorbnagol
1 month ago

Big call by Urlando.
Lifeline for Foster, I can see him no showing 200fly now and making top 6 tonight.

anonymous
Reply to  Skoorbnagol
1 month ago

It’s not like US is favourite for the relay
Infact I wouldn’t be surprised if Urlando finished higher in the 2fly at Tokyo than the 4*200 free relay

Rafael
Reply to  anonymous
1 month ago

Urlando still need to show his 200 fly is what was expected before injury..

While Milak in untouchable, the rest is open. If Seto gets his 2019 Form, Silver is pretty locked too and then a dogfight for Bronze

ButlerBuck
Reply to  Skoorbnagol
1 month ago

If Carson ends up making the team, in tennis we would call that being a lucky loser. Eliminated in the qualifying tournament, then getting a spot in the main draw and making a run. Here’s hoping he can drop a second tonight and get one of those relay spots.

Go Rays!

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Skoorbnagol
1 month ago

Based on his 1:00 finishing 100 on the 400 IM, and his consistent inability (NCAAs, 400 IM here) to drop much in finals, I don’t see him doing better than 1:46.8, and think it’s more likely he’s 1:47.0

Dudeman
Reply to  Skoorbnagol
1 month ago

If he makes it in the 200 fly they could toss him on the morning relay anyways right? His time would be good to get the team into finals and they could rest the main guys more. Unless I have no idea how the relay selection works which is entirely possible

Horninco
Reply to  Dudeman
1 month ago

If roster numbers are tight, then that is a possible outcome, otherwise they would take top 6. USA should be just fine qualifying for final of 4×2 with swimmers 3-6

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 month ago

Bad move

PFA
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 month ago

Ok I’m curious to understand why was this a bad move?

Megbert
Reply to  PFA
1 month ago

2 2 fly spots 6 2 free spots, while yes he’s top seed in the 2 fly, he probably could make it in the 2 free.

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  PFA
1 month ago

this. and the fly is after the free with enough time inbetween. Conger did the same double in 2016 and still made the final, so i’m not sure why urlando couldn’t

ACC
1 month ago

Will be interesting to see how Andrew’s backstroke goes tonight. I don’t see him making the team, but it will give some insight into his 2 IM later. Was last night a fluke or are his races already catching up to him?

Megbert
Reply to  ACC
1 month ago

my guess is the nerves got to him.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Megbert
1 month ago

I was so incredibly nervous watching him in the ready room, he must have felt that x1000

Friuti
Reply to  ACC
1 month ago

I just want him to drop a PB fast enough that the US can say that their Medley breastroker is a better 100 backstroker than GB’s backstroker.

Last edited 1 month ago by Friuti
Sapnu puas
Reply to  Friuti
1 month ago

This is triggering!!

BillyBob
Reply to  Friuti
1 month ago

He might also be a better flyer than the GB flyer

anonymous
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

Definitely
He can easily go a 50.5

Horninco
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

Most likely although I think Guy can split 50.2-50.5 if he’s 100% on

anonymous
Reply to  Friuti
1 month ago

So faster than 53.2
Very much possible

swimmerswammer
Reply to  ACC
1 month ago

i was hoping andrew would scratch so chaney would be in

Reply to  swimmerswammer
1 month ago

Me too!

Friuti
1 month ago

Urlando must be very confident in his 200 fly and very not confident in a top 2 in the 200 free. If he makes the team in the 2 fly I imagine he gets a prelims swim on the 4×200 by merit of his semis swim.

Friuti
Reply to  Friuti
1 month ago

Also, do you think the fact that Carson was 9th influenced this? I believe he and Urlando are known to be fairly friendly with each other.

Swimmer
Reply to  Friuti
1 month ago

I think it just worked out that way. At trials, you wish your friends the best but put yourself first. You don’t work hard for 4 years to scratch in favor of a friend.

PFA
Reply to  Swimmer
1 month ago

True but I do remember that at Australian trials in 2004 Ian Thorpe DSQ in the 400 I don’t remember the persons name but he gave up his spot on the team so Ian could swim it but that’s the only instance I remember.

Jackman
Reply to  PFA
1 month ago

Craig Stevens

Jack
Reply to  PFA
1 month ago

There’s a difference between giving up a slot so your buddy can prelim a relay and giving up a slot so the world record holder can bring your country an individual gold you have no shot at bringing home.

Also, literally the entire country was screaming at Craig Stephens to step down and let Thorpe swim.

Skoorbnagol
Reply to  Friuti
1 month ago

Correct and when they pulled this rubbish in 2012 on the 400 free relay they got beat.

Bignowhere
Reply to  Skoorbnagol
1 month ago

They always pull this “rubbish” with the relays. Sometimes it works out and they win, sometimes not.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Bignowhere
1 month ago

See Phelps 4 X 100 free relay final with “The Turn” in Rio. Didn’t swim it at OTs.

Horninco
Reply to  Skoorbnagol
1 month ago

Pretty typical for team USA to have 100% new relays in finals of the 400 free and medleys. They might carry over one freestyler.

They lost 2012 because Angel had a pretty transcendent swim. 46.7 is tough to beat.

bigNowhere
Reply to  Horninco
1 month ago

Sometimes there is no perfect choice for relay lineup, and the other team is just faster.

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
Reply to  Horninco
1 month ago

I can’t think of a men’s or women’s 400 free relay since 1996 that had entirely new swimmers for finals. I believe every one has at least one swimmer from prelims on the finals relay.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Friuti
1 month ago

At this rate, there’s probably going to be an open time trial of 200 frees of the U.S. team in camp, just like there was for the 100 free spots on the relay at Rio. Dressel, Urlando have already put up times to be considered for the relay, and Dressel with more rest and the way Urlando is swimming, they should drop times in the top 6.

WhoGoesHere
1 month ago

Go back to 1984, Tracy Caulkins swam finals in 100 back (8th place) and 100 breast (1st place). Perhaps others, but that’s the only one that came to mind.

Parker
Reply to  WhoGoesHere
1 month ago

Oops, should have scrolled down further to see this first. Correct. she was 100-200 breast, 100-200 fly and both IM’s at the summer nationals/trials in 80 in Irvine. Then in 84, finaled again in all: 100-200 back, 100-200 breast, both IM’s.

Blackflag82
1 month ago

100 back just for the sake of racing seems pointless…I guess we’ll see how it pans out for him, but it sure seems like it’s spinning the wheels for the sake of racing

BillyBob
Reply to  Blackflag82
1 month ago

Why not say the same for the other swimmers in finals who are not going to be top 2? Should they all scratch to save energy?

Distance Per Stroke
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

Others don’t have a couple other events they can definitely make it in if they are at the top of their game.