The second day of preliminary swims at the 2013 World Championship Trials and US National Championships didn’t fail to keep us on our toes with some exciting races this morning. Tonight, we won’t be seeing nearly as many scratches, but some do come as more of a “surprise” than others.
Women’s 200 Backstroke…
Some big names dominated the women’s 200 backstroke today (Franklin, Pelton, Beisel, just to name a few), and it never ceased to be an exciting swim to watch. What may come as a shock to some, though, is that 4th place finisher (going in to finals) Kendyl Stewart has decided to scratch. Stewart had a minor time drop from her seed time (only about .55-seconds). It seems as though she’s decided to scratch in order to save her energy for her later swim of the 50 butterfly (A smart move?). Stewart is seeded first going in to finals this evening between Claire Donahue and Christine Magnuson. Neither Donahue nor Magnuson will have swam earlier, going into the 50 butterfly fresh, focused, and energized. Seeing as Stewart is only .05 ahead on Donahue, the 50 butterfly will be one to watch.
Sarah Denninghoff will take her place in the A-final of the 200 backstroke, bumping up from 9th place with a time of 2:12.54.
Men’s 200 Breaststroke…
With Kevin Cordes dominating, the 200 Breaststroke kept us on our toes.
B-Finalist Chase Kalisz has scratched, and will not be returning for tonight’s final swim. Kalisz was seeded 9th coming out of prelims with a time of 2:14.06 (less than a second time drop from his seed time). Kalisz may be saving his energy for his IM events, where he is seeded 3rd in both the 200 and 400. He will swim his 400 IM tomorrow.
18-year-old Eric Ronda will be moving up to take Kalisz’s spot in the B-final. Ronda went a 2:17.07, which is a significant addition in time from his seed of 2:13.66.
Men’s 200 Freestyle…
B-Finalist Michael McBroom has decided to scratch this event, after finishing 13th in his preliminary swim. McBroom had a time drop and seed-jump from his psych-sheet placement of 28th, with a time of 1:50.91. In prelims, he dropped to a 1:49.66. Later this week, he will be swimming the 400 and 800 freestyle, where he’s seeded 6th and 4th, respectively. Yesterday, McBroom placed 2nd in the final heat of the 1500 freestyle (14:59.12) behind Connor Jaeger.
Auburn University’s Zane Grothe will be taking McBroom’s spot in tonight’s final, bumping up from his 26th seed (1:50.82), with a time of 1:50.36.
Women’s 200 Freestyle…
Elizabeth Pelton will be scratching from her 16th spot in tonight’s 200 freestyle. After an upsetting swim –she was seeded 8th with a 1:58.52– she has decided to focus mainly on her 200 backstroke final (she’s seeded 3rd). With all of her energy focused on one event, she could be giving second-place seed Elizabeth Beisel a run for the spot.
After a rough swim this morning, going from the 4th seed (1:57.54) to the 17th seed (2:00.73), Megan Romano will have the opportunity to “redeem” herself (so to speak). Tonight, she will be taking Pelton’s spot in the B-Final. With this “set-back” in mind, could we be seeing a time-drop from Romano?
Men’s 50 Butterfly…
It seems as if NCAA Champion Tom Shields will not be swimming in tonight’s finals. Shields placed 10th in his preliminary swim, with a time of 24.33. On paper, he was seeded 3rd in this event behind Tyler McGill and Ryan Lochte (though Lochte didn’t swim in the prelims today).
Because Scott Stubblefield also decided to not swim, Roger Miesfeld, from Wolfpack Elite, will be taking Shields’s spot in tonight’s B-Final. Miesfeld will be moving up from his 18th spot (after prelims), with a time of 24.83.