Ledecky’s 400 IM Only A-Final Scratch from Richmond PSS Day 2


Heat sheets for the first full finals sessions of the 2019 Pro Swim Series – Richmond stop are out, and Katie Ledecky has opted to focus on the 200 free after qualifying for the A-final of both the 200 free and the 400 IM this morning.

Ledecky’s time of 4:50.16 this morning was the 5th-fastest time of the morning, putting her squarely into the middle of the A-final, but she’ll stick with the 200 free after posting a 1:57.08 this morning. No other USA woman has been faster than that this season, although Ledecky herself went 1:55.32 at December’s Winter Nationals.

With Ledecky out of the 400 IM, Olivia McMurray is into the A-final. No one was bumped into the B-final, as that will not even be full, and there will be no C- or D-final after only 18 women swam the event this morning.

There were no other A-final scratches, but here’s a quick rundown of B-final scratches:

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3 years ago

How the 400IM event that comes at the end of the session can be a problem to focus on 200 race that comes first thing. I won’t be surprised if she scratches 50 free as well tomorrow. The real focus right now is 400 “FR at the end of tomorrow session. In the light of the under 4min result from Ariarne Titmus and keeping in mind how hot Leah Smith is at this meet 400 race may require real focusing and concentration.

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