Jessica Hardy is the culprit who scratched the women’s 100 fly semi-final in Omaha to prepare for the 100 breast and sprint freestyles, which are the only races where she’ll truly have a shot at London anyway. Hardy swam a 59.60 for the 13th-fastest swim in prelims; that will make a great warmup swim for her but this was a wise decision (it was even a bit surprising that she swam it in the first place).
This sets up a swim-off for the 16th-and-final spot in this evening’s session between Cal’s underwater superstar Cindy Tran and USC’s Tanya Krisman, who were originally tied for 17th. Tran will be out much harder, but if Krisman is within a second at the turn then she has a chance.
Check back after the swim-off to find out who won. Full results of the prelims race are available here, and keep an eye on our live recap.