Katie Hoff declared today that she would be withdrawing from the US Team headed to Doha, Quatar on December 3-7 for the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).
Hoff was on the comeback trail last summer, swimming quite well until US Nationals in August. As we reported at that time, she scratched out of all but her first event at Nationals, attributing it to an “intercostal strain.”
Today, Hoff announced:
“I am disappointed to share that I have decided to withdraw from the SC Worlds team. The opportunity to represent Team USA in international competition is an honor but I do not believe it would be right for me to do so when I am not 100%.
As many of you know, I had to withdraw from my events at US Nationals earlier this summer for what was initially diagnosed as an intercostal strain, but I have since learned that I was dealing with two blood clots in my lungs. As a precaution, I have been advised to avoid international air travel for the time being.
Thankfully, I am on the road to recovery and plan to swim at the Minneapolis Grand Prix this month to see where I am at with my conditioning, and I look forward to swimming a full schedule in 2015.”
In 2008, American swimmer Kristen Heiss famously competed at, and finaled at, the 2008 Olympic Trials, shortly after being released from the hospital with similar blood clots; however, as Hoff alluded to in her statement, blood clots can be of special risk on long flights due to the immobility typically had on an airplane, even for those without any prior health conditions.
Hoff had been nearly back to top form last summer. Many of her times were very close to her best, and she did post new all-time PBs in the 100y back, 100m breast, and 200m breast.
Here is a side-by-side comparison of her best swims from the 2013-14 season vis-à-vis her all-time bests:
All-time Personal Best
|100y free||50.55||2013 Speedo Winter Championships 11/21/2013||48.70||2009 SCY Nationals 12/3/2009|
|200y free||1:44.16||2014 Gulliver Last Chance Meet 2/14/2014||1:43.10||2007 NBAC Christmas Invitational 12/7/2007|
|100y back||54.45||2014 Gulliver Last Chance Meet 2/14/2014||54.45||2014 Gulliver Last Chance Meet 2/14/2014|
|100y breast||1:01.88||2014 Gulliver Last Chance Meet 2/14/2014||1:01.44||2012 FGC Senior Championships 2/17/2012|
|200y IM||1:55.91||2014 Gulliver Last Chance Meet 2/14/2014||1:53.77||2007 NBAC Christmas Invitational 12/7/2007|
|50m free||26.21||2014 SZS Summer Sectionals 7/10/2014||25.83||2008 Swimvitational 6/5/2008|
|100m free||55.79||2014 Summer Nationals 8/6/2014||54.28||2008 Missouri Grand Prix 2/15/2008|
|200m free||1:58.29||2014 SZS Summer Sectionals 7/10/2014||1:55.78||2008 Olympic Games 8/9/2008|
|100m back||1:02.50||2014 SZS Summer Sectionals 7/10/2014||1:01.86||2008 Swimvitational 6/5/2008|
|100m breast||1:08.60||2014 SZS Summer Sectionals 7/10/2014||1:08.60||2014 SZS Summer Sectionals 7/10/2014|
|200m breast||2:28.81||2014 SZS Summer Sectionals 7/10/2014||2:28.81||2014 SZS Summer Sectionals 7/10/2014|
|100m fly||1:00.67||2014 Mesa Grand Prix 4/24/2014||59.45||2008 OSU GP 4/4/2008|
|200m IM||2:12.05||2014 SFTL International Classic6/19/2014||2:09.71||2008 Olympic Trials 6/29/2008|
Short Course Worlds will gather about 900 swimmers from all continents in Doha from December 3-7, 2014. They will contest 46 events (34 individual and 12 relays), for a total 138 medals.