Kayla Sanchez Scratches 100 Free; American Erika Brown into Semis

2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES

If you ever wonder why they swim-off for alternate places, now you know:

A second scratch from the semifinals of the women’s 100 free by Canada’s Kayla Sanchez has moved American Erika Brown into Thursday’s semifinals. Brown was in that position of two scratches and a victory in a swim-off in a time of 53.51.

Sanchez was the second top 16 finisher from the prelims of the women’s 100 free to scratch after Dutch swimmer Ranomi Kromowidjojo also scratched.

Sanchez was the 10th-fastest swimmer in prelims of the women’s 100 free, swimming a 53.12 that cut .45 seconds off her previous lifetime best in the event.

Finish Order of the women’s 100 free

  1. Emma McKeon, Australia – 52.13
  2. Siobhan Haughey, Hong Kong – 52.70
  3. Anna Hopkin, Grea Britain – 52.75
  4. Cate Campbell, Australia – 52.80
  5. Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden – 52.91
  6. Penny Oleksiak, Canada – 52.95
  7. Pernille Blume, Denmark – 52.96
  8. Yang Junxuan, China – 53.02
  9. Femke Heemskerk, Netherlands – 53.10
  10. Kayla Sanchez, Canada – 53.12
  11. Abbey Weitzeil, USA – 53.21
  12. Michelle Coleman, Sweden – 53.53
  13. Signe Bro, Denmark – 53.54
  14. Freya Anderson, Great Britain – 53.61
  15. Charlotte Bonnet, France – 53.67
  16. Marie Wattel, France/Ranomi Kromowidjoj, Netherlands – 53.71
  17. (TIE)
  18. Erika Brown, USA/Wu Qingfeng, China – 53.87

After her tuneup swim, the American Brown, who surprised at US Trials to swim out of Lane 8 and nab an individual spot at this meet, was three-tenths faster in 53.51 to earn her spot in the Thursday morning semifinals.

The 22-year old Brown won an Olympic bronze medal as part of the finals quartet in the women’s 400 free relay earlier in the meet.

While Canada did not put out a statement about the reason for Sanchez’s scratch, it is likely part of an effort to rest her for finals of the women’s 800 free relay. Canada was 4th in prelims without Sanchez, and even matching her best flat start time (1:57.23) would improve the relay by almost three seconds when compared to Sydney Pickrem’s 1:59.82 anchor in prelims. With Sanchez, Penny Oleksiak, and maybe Taylor Ruck available for finals, Canada is in position to chase down China and repeat their bronze medal performance from the Rio 2016 Olympics.

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Anabolic Horse
1 month ago

Shaping up to be like her trials performance

Tomek
1 month ago

I think Canada goal is a silver medal here and not bronze, no guarantee but anything can happen

Gen D
Reply to  Tomek
1 month ago

so far, the Canadian women improved by one spot on every single medal they won in 2016. If the trend continues, the silver on the relay is theirs. Esp. with Summer McIntosh already having the experience of an individual Olympic final and no ceiling given her age and Penny returning to her clutch form. We’ll see how it goes!

Sean C.
Reply to  Gen D
1 month ago

Does that mean Penny will win the rare platinum medal in the 100 m?

ooo
Reply to  Sean C.
1 month ago

She’ll be alone this time

Klorn8d
1 month ago

Don’t forget McIntosh for the finals relay

kolo
Reply to  Klorn8d
1 month ago

Exactly what I thought. She is a potential 1:55 leg with a relay takeover as she’s been 1:56.1 twice from flat start.

CanSwim13
Reply to  Klorn8d
1 month ago

What do we think the order is if the the is Sanchez, Oleksiak, McIntosh, Smith?

Penny has the fastest flat start but is such a racer, I’d imagine putting her on the anchor.

My thought is: McIntosh-Sanchez/Smith-Oleksiak

Last edited 1 month ago by CanSwim13
MTK
Reply to  CanSwim13
1 month ago

I’d speculate Sanchez lead off, since she was lead off on the 4×100, Oleksiak anchor because she’s great at running people down. Not sure between Smith/Macintosh for 2/3.

Sean C.
Reply to  CanSwim13
1 month ago

Not that I’m really worried about this, but I would put McIntosh first just because she has easily the least experience on the team and going first means no need to worry about timing the handover. No reason to put more pressure on her than necessary.

Bill G
Reply to  CanSwim13
1 month ago

My guess: Sanchez-Smith-McIntosh-Oleksiak. Sanchez has lead off experience in big races and led off the 4×100 relay. Smith did well as the second swimmer this morning.

oldschoolswim
Reply to  Bill G
1 month ago

I agree on summer, worst case, Summer will go a 156 lead off, best case 155 (she has been 156 last three times).

gllr0302
Reply to  CanSwim13
1 month ago

Sanchez – Smith – McIntosh – Oleksiak

mills
Reply to  CanSwim13
1 month ago

McIntosh, Sanchez, Smith & Oleksiak all train together to Toronto. Whatever the order is, they have definitely practiced taking over from that specific teammate.

Fish
1 month ago

She would replace Harvey’s 1:57.5.
Oleksiak and McIntosh would already have been coming in. Seems a bit of a wash, coaches must think she has a 1:56 low or 1:55 in her. Could put Canada in the 6:42 range if true.

Fish
Reply to  Fish
1 month ago

Sorry. 7:42 range.

Willswim
1 month ago

In some order, Sanchez, Oleksiak, Smith, McIntosh. It breaks my heart but I don’t think Ruck has a chance to be on this relay.

Last edited 1 month ago by Willswim
Bill G
Reply to  Willswim
1 month ago

Agreed. If they thought Ruck was on form they would have swam her in prelims. It would be shocking to not swim Smith after her strong 4×100 swims and her 1:55.99 split this morning.

Sean C.
Reply to  Bill G
1 month ago

My guess is that since Ruck is clearly not anywhere near peak form, they’re conserving her energy for the backstroke segment in the preliminaries of the 4×100 medley. She was ninth in the 100 m backstroke semi and just missed the final, so she’s a perfectly solid substitute for Masse there.

mills
Reply to  Willswim
1 month ago

As unfortunate as it is to have Ruck not in form when we all know what she’s capable of. It’s really exciting for the women’s program to still be in the medal hunt with a talent like Ruck on the sidelines.

VFL
1 month ago

Yeah Erika!! Let’s do it again!!

MTK
1 month ago

Looking like it’s going to be Oleksiak-Sanchez-Smith-Macintosh.

Curious George
1 month ago

I wonder if this is a rest thing with her. She got a lot better as Olympic Trials took place and seems to be doing the same thing in Tokyo?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Curious George
1 month ago

I think it’s an execution thing. How could you be more rested at Trials after swimming the 100 fly and 100 free rounds rather than just truly “resting”? Same thing here. People don’t go into the biggest taper of their lives doing off the blocks suited 100’s the week of the meet. More days into the meet doesn’t necessarily mean more rest. More likey she just adjusted to sleep/nerves or tweaked some things.

Hswimmer
Reply to  Curious George
1 month ago

She has been like this even throughout SEC and NCAAs, better as the meet goes on, like Dressel

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