USA Swimming updated it’s 2011 Pan American Games roster over the weekend, and 200 butterflier Matthew Bartlett has been removed from the lineup.
Bartlett, who competed for Auburn and UC-Santa Barbara before finally reaching full potential as a Georgia Bulldog, was slated to swim the 200 fly opposite of Michigan senior Dan Madwed in the meet after finishing 6th at the USA Swimming National Championships in a time of 1:59.00.
Bartlett is reported to have suffered from a shoulder injury that caused him to withdraw from the meet. It doesn’t appear as though it has anything to do with the Pan American Games organizers’ decision to slice 176 competitors from the swimming competition. Bartlett’s 200 fly ranked him 7th in the world, which appears as though it would have made him the 4th-overall seed behind only the two Brazilian entries and Madwed.
No replacement has been named on the USA Swimming official roster, though reports are that Robert Margalis, who is already entered in the meet in the 400 IM, has been offered the spot. Margalis finished 14th in the event at USA Swimming Nationals, with a best time from prelims of 1:59.63.