Kieran Smith Prefers 100 FR Over 800 FR For Day 4 Trials Prelims

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

Day 4 Prelims Heat Sheet

After qualifying for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics in both the 200 and 400 free events, Florida Gator Kieran Smith has opted out of the 800 free in favor of the 100 free. Smith was seeded 13th in the 800 free at 7:59.27 while he is currently sitting in 16th on the 100 free psychs at 49.11.

Also opting out of the 800 free include No. 12 seed Brooks Fail, who placed 5th in the 400 free final on Sunday, and No. 17 seed Zach Yeadon, who placed 28th during the 400 free prelims. In contrast, Jake Maghey will swim in the 800 free prelims over the 100 free. Magahey was seeded 19th in the 100 free while he is the 7th seed in the 800 distance.

Meanwhile, Chase Kalisz, already on the Olympic team for the 400 IM, will not contest his No. 13-seeded 200 breast (2:11.61). Another Tokyo Olympian, Michael Andrew, decided not to swim the 100 free prelims along with Luca Urlando and Jacob Pebley. Also opting out of prelims this morning include Shaine Casas, who will not swim his No. 17-seeded 100 free (49.16). Casas placed 3rd in yesterday’s 100 back final at 52.76.

In the lone women’s event of the morning, the 200 fly, Tokyo Olympian Torri Huske will rest her energy this session for the upcoming 200 IM final along with teen star Bella Sims and versatile Brooke Forde.

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Blackflag82
1 month ago

That’s a good call

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  Blackflag82
1 month ago

Was it?

Thomas Selig
1 month ago

I mean, don’t we all, when it comes down to it?

Boring name
1 month ago

Is there a chance 2 swimmers don’t get the A cut in the 800 ?

DCSwim
Reply to  Boring name
1 month ago

It’s much more convenient to try to qualify for a spot in a relay event that will most likely win a medal than swim four 800s and wind up getting fourth

Bo Swims
Reply to  Boring name
1 month ago

2 made it this morning

Togger
1 month ago

Scratches seem pretty expected, other than perhaps Yeadon and Fail in the 800.

Smith decision makes sense, he’s probably a better 800 freestyler than he is a 100, but only Thorpe and Sun have ever successfully contested the 2, 4 and 8. Smith’s good but he’s not at that level and the 400 free relay are the favourites, if he can sneak in the top 6 he’s odds on to be an Olympic champion.

Last edited 1 month ago by Togger
DCSwim
Reply to  Togger
1 month ago

Hackett almost swept worlds in 2005 from 200-1500 if it wasn’t for some guy from Baltimore

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  Togger
1 month ago

Fail has the 2 fly tonight so pretty expected.

1650 Onetrick
1 month ago

Por que no los dos? But in all seriousness I understand the decision

Horninco
1 month ago

Well, that didn’t work out

Last edited 1 month ago by Horninco
Eagleswim
Reply to  Horninco
1 month ago

I mean he’s already an Olympian in 3 events, it would be different if he was still gunning for a spot. If he didn’t want to swim the 800 then this was a still a good decision haha

Austinpoolboy
1 month ago

Oops

96Swim
1 month ago

Interesting that MA scratched the 100 free but swam backstroke. Surprised he didn’t try to at least put up a time in prelims. Maybe starting to feel some wear from a busy week?

Megbert
Reply to  96Swim
1 month ago

yeah idk why he swam backstroke tbh.

anonymous
Reply to  96Swim
1 month ago

The trials are emotionally exhausting. Probably feels good to have a day off and regroup mentally and recover physically.

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  96Swim
1 month ago

With Rooney looking bad in the 100 free, 100 fly second spot is wide open. MA may have a better shot at that than even the IM at the end of the meet.

Pvdh
Reply to  Ol’ Longhorn
1 month ago

Gonna be Shields and Andrew. Moneys in Shields.

BadShoulder
Reply to  96Swim
1 month ago

His 100 back is considerably better than his 100 free. The finals of the 100 free are also in the same session as the semis of the 200 IM if memory serves.

Last edited 1 month ago by BadShoulder

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