As one of our readers astutely pointed out in the wee hours of this morning, there have already been several scratches in the early morning of the 2011 USA Swimming National Championships. Based on the start lists that are listed on the live results (an absence on which generally implies a scratch), we won’t see the following World Championships swimmers in action on day 1:
Tyler Clary (400 IM)
Ryan Lochte (400 IM)
Peter Vanderkaay (400 free – still entered in 400 IM)
Ariana Kukors (2oo IM)
Mark Gangloff (100 breast)
Katie Hoff (400 free – still entered in 200 IM)
Kate Ziegler (400 free)
Some of those races, especially the guys, are not a big surprise. Especially for swimmers who probably don’t intend to swim at Pan Ams even if they qualify, there’s no use in swimming a tough event like a 400 IM a week after a big taper meet. I’d expect most of these swimmers to still pop up at some point later in the competition.
We will still see other WC team members in action on the first day, however, including:
Jasmine Tosky/Morgan Scroggy/Teresa Crippen/Missy Franklin/Katie Hoff (200 IM)
Eric Shanteau/Mike Alexandrov (100 breaststroke)
Allison Schmitt/Elizabeth Beisel/Chloe Sutton (400 free – don’t be surprised if she goes faster here than she did at World’s)
Dana Vollmer/Christine Magnuson/Dagny Knutson/Kathleen Hersey/Jasmine Tosky (100 fly)
Peter Vanderkaay (400 IM)
The prelims session will begin at 9AM west cost time (noon eastern), with finals to start at 6 PM (9 Eastern).