A couple of scratches shake up the women’s A-Finals tonight, while the men’s A-Finals stay intact for the first primetime session of the Arena Pro Swim Series at Orlando. The highest-seeded scratches came from the women’s 200m freestyle, where Gator Swim Club’s Theresa Michalak is no longer listed in the A-Final. Her Facebook account does indicate she is suffering from “streptococcal sore throat, a slight concussion”, so that seemed to definitely have had an impact in her decision to not swim tonight. This bumps Meghan Small into the A-Final and subsequently bumps Lanigan Riley into the B-Final.
Also seeded sixth and now scratching is another Gator Swim Club member, Georgia-Mae Hohmann in the women’s 100m fly. Hohmann tells SwimSwam that she was “just getting qualifying times for British trials at this meet”, which she accomplished in this event, rocketing to place sixth from the morning’s first fly heat. Hohmann‘s decision to take the night off now moves 16-year-old Emma Ball into the A-Final, while Claire Maiocco now moves into the B-Final.
Michalak also scratched out of the women’s 400m IM B-Final where she was seeded tenth. Bailey Bonnett benefits for this absence, as she now makes a move into the B-Final for tonight’s event.
Below is a list of all additional swimmers who scratched C/D finals on Thursday.
Kendall Dawson – C-Final, 200m free
Carlos Herrera – D-Final, 200m free
Sebastien Rousseau – D-Final, 200m free
Omar Pinzon – D-Final, 200m free
Meghan Small – C-Final, 100m breast
Sean Mahoney – C-Final, 100m breast
Dominique Bouchard – C-Final, 100m fly