Jack Cartwright Scratches 200 Free A-Final At Pan Pacs


Swimming Australia has announced that Jack Cartwright has scratched out of the men’s 200 free A-final on night 1 of the Pan Pacific Championships, allowing Clyde Lewis to be bumped up into the championship heat and Mack Horton into the B-final.

The news was announced via Swimming Australia Twitter:

Cartwright had swum a time of 1:46.38 in the prelims, the 4th fastest overall and 2nd fastest among Aussies with Alexander Graham (1:46.35) .03 ahead. That lowered Cartwright’s personal best by almost a full second, previously having been 1:47.31 in 2017. Graham also set a best time, previously a 1:46.60 at the Commonwealth Games.

Those swims knocked medal favorites Chalmers (1:46.62) and Horton(1:46.66) out of the A-final, with Horton not even in the B-final as Lewis was the 3rd fastest Aussie in 1:46.54 (only two swimmers per country can swim in the A-final, and an additional two in the B-final).

But now, with the scratch, Lewis will get bumped up into the ‘A’, and Chalmers and Horton will contest the B-final alongside Americans Blake Pieroni and Zach Apple.

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I thought Chalmers would also scratch the B finals and allow Elijah Winnington to swim in the B final .. what a mess eh.. lol

Ole 99

I thought it was a max of 3 swimmers in Finals per nation.


No, 2.

Ole 99

Meant A/B finals. I know you can only have two in the A, but I thought you could only add a third (assuming 2 in A final) to the B.

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If you have 2 in A final you can have 2 in B


Anyone know why he scratched?


The desire to rest for the100m finals which are on tomorrow (same as Chalmers) and he just wanted to post a solid time to be considered for the 4c200 relay ..


To give Horton a chance.

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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