After a morning of fast prelim swims on Day 1 of the 2013 World Championship Trials and U.S National Championships, several swimmers have decided to scratch.
Women’s 200 Butterfly…
The main surprise scratch of the day came from the 200 Butterfly. Though this event, for neither the men nor the women, saw too many scratches (especially since the men had ZERO scratches from this morning), we were in shock when Elizabeth Beisel, who would have been placed 6th in the A-Final, scratched. In order to focus her drive and energy on her later events this week, Beisel has decided to give up her spot in tonight’s A-Final.
This means that 17-year-old Megan Kingsley will be taking her spot in tonight’s final swim. Kingsley, who moved up from her 12th spot seed to 9th at prelims (though her time was up a little bit), will join the top heat with big names like Cammile Adams, Becca Mann, and Maya Dirado.
Beisel will be saving her energy for her later events this week, where she is seeded much higher (1st in the 400 IM, 4th in the 200 IM, 2nd in the 200 back, and 6th in the 400 free) in the hopes of making this year’s World’s team.
Women’s 100 Free…
The women’s 100 freestyle also brought a few scratches, the main shock of this race being Dana Vollmer. Vollmer, who finished 11th at prelims after being seeded 7th, will be saving her energy for her butterfly swims, which she is seeded first in (seeded almost 2 seconds ahead of second seed Claire Donahue).
Likewise, Christine Magnuson will be shooting for her spot on the World’s team during the 50 freestyle, where she’s seeded second behind Jessica Hardy, and the 50/100 butterfly, where she’s seeded 5th.
Rachel Bootsma, who finished 25th in prelims, will be using her power later in the 50 and 100 backstrokes, where she’s seeded second in both behind Missy Franklin. If she turns on the energy and strength that we know she has, she could very well make the spot on the World’s Team in those events.
Men’s 100 Free…
One of the more notable scratches is Charlie Houchin. Houchin placed 9th in prelims, which would’ve him in the top spot of the B-Final (with a time of 49.64, which is a drop from his seed time of 50.59). Later this week, he’ll be swimming both the 200 and 400 freestyles, in which he’s seeded much higher (5th seed in the 200, 4th seed in the 400) compared to his 27 seed spot in the 100, which is STILL an amazing drop in itself (27th to 9th!).
We saw a few surprises this morning in this event as well, which just goes to show how merciless and unpredictable (and down-right exciting) the 100 free can be sometimes. Cullen Jones, who was seeded second behind Olympic teammate Nathan Adrian at the start of the meet, ended up in the 18th spot after prelims. After coming into the meet with a time of 48.46, and going through prelims at 50.07, Jones has decided to scratch. He’ll later be swimming the 50 freestyle, in which he’s seeded first. He has the power and energy to sprint that 50, giving him a better shot of qualifying in that event.
Other scratches from this morning include Michael Klueh, Dax Hill, and Ryan Murphy. Klueh, who finished 12th after prelims, is known for his strength in the mid-distance/distance freestyles, and will be competing in the 200 (6th seed), 400 (3rd seed), and 800 (5th seed) later this week. Hill, after placing 14th in prelims, will be coming back to swim the 50 free and the 200 free (14th seed/13th seed, respectively). Though Murphy had a time drop from his seed time to prelims (seeded with a 50.77/prelims was a 49.96) taking him from 32nd to 17th, he seems to be saving that power and energy for his later events, especially the backstrokes. He is seeded 4th in each backstroke event (50, 100, and 200) and has a better chance of getting into the top heat for finals.