Justin Ress Scratches 100 Back ‘A’ Final On Day 3 of U.S. Open, Andrew Drops 100 Fly


Justin Ress was the lone swimmer to scratch out of an ‘A’ final on Friday at the U.S. Open, dropping out of the men’s 100 backstroke after clocking the sixth-fastest time in this morning’s prelims in 54.49.

The withdrawal from Ress bumps South Carolina junior Michael Laitarovsky (54.81) up into the championship final, while Virginia Tech junior Nico Garcia (55.73) is elevated into the consolation final.

Ress is coming off a 19th-place finish in the 50 free on Thursday, recording a time of 22.48 during last night session’s to touch third in the ‘C’ final.

The 26-year-old Mission Viejo pro has no other events on his schedule this evening, but does hold an entry in the 100 free on Saturday.

There were a number of ‘B’ final scratches from the session, including Michael Andrew dropping out of the men’s 100 fly as he puts his focus on the 100 breast. The top seed in the 100 breast, Andrew was 14th in the 100 fly this morning in a time of 52.99.

Other notable scratches out of consolation finals include David Johnston in the men’s 400 IM, Ella Jansen in the women’s 200 free and Ayla Spitz in the women’s 100 back.

Jansen is dropping the 200 free to key in on the 400 IM, where she’s the #5 seed in the ‘A’ final, while Spitz withdraws from the 100 back to focus on the 200 free, where she’ll swim out of Lane 1 in the ‘B’ final.

Johnston has nothing on the schedule tonight but is entered in the 1500 free tomorrow.


Women’s 400 IM

Men’s 400 IM

Women’s 100 Fly

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Men’s 100 Fly

Women’s 200 Free

Men’s 200 Free

Women’s 100 Breast

Men’s 100 Breast

Women’s 100 Back

Men’s 100 Back

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Garbage Yardage
3 months ago

With all the new talent emerging I couldn’t care less about MA. But I’m sure that 50 FL in Paris will be a nail-biter… oh right, not an Olympic event.

3 months ago

Jack of all trades master of none

3 months ago

MA split 50 low at Worlds in 2022.

The 100 fly became even more open with Dressel uncertainty. Instead of honing in on 100 fly and asserting himself on the US stage, MA now opts to scratch most 100 flys in favor of 50s of stroke.

I’m no fan of MA but I hope for the best for him and it’s just frustrating to see how is career has panned out

Scuncan Dott V2
Reply to  Andrew
3 months ago

He scratched in favour of the 100 Breast tbf

Reply to  Scuncan Dott V2
3 months ago

I’m more referring to previous meets and this scratch but reminded me of the repeated habit

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James Sutherland

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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