Update: We talked to Matt Grevers later in the evening, and he told us that he changed his mind and was not scratching the final. Read more about it here.
Matt Grevers and Ryan Lochte has scratched the 100 freestyle final, despite being the 5th seed in the men’s semi-final.
Lochte’s was not unexpected with a 48.91, as that will avoid a triple with the 200 back and 200 IM semi-finals tomorrow he’ll want to avoid adding a third race before those semi’s.
But Grevers was a bit of a bigger surprise. His 48.71 probably puts him on the relay at least in prelims, but he had a legitimate opportunity at an individual swim here based on his fantastic 100 back final – he dropped almost a second there, which implies that a 48.0 was in reach for him.
We can assume that this means he’s really going after a 200 backstroke. It’s an event he’s played with, in-and-out of, for the last few years, but now he’s all-in.
That moves Jason Lezak (49.05 for 9th)
and Dave Walters (49.34 for 10th) into the final. Walters, a 2008 Olympian, will get a second life after struggling through the 200 free. He’s still got a huge uphill battle to make the top 6 and another Olympic Team in this event, but he’s got a lane and he’s got a chance.