Michael Phelps Scratches Again; No 100 Free for the G.O.A.T.

2016 U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS

Michael Phelps, who is the heavy favorite to win the 200 fly final tomorrow night, has scratched out of the 100 free prelims tomorrow morning.

Men’s 100 free prelims heat sheet

The greatest-ever was seeded 2nd overall behind only Nathan Adrian with a 48.45.

This is his second scratch of the meet, after he bowed out of the 200 free prelims, which were yesterday morning. Tomorrow night he has the final of the 200 fly, though he could have still swum the 100 free tomorrow morning seeing as he has no other races until that 200 fly final.

With Phelps’s absences from freestyle this week, questions loom over whether or not he will swim free relays for the U.S. in Rio. The LCM rise of Townley Haas and Jack Conger has solidified the Americans as favorites to win the 4×200 free relay, though prior to this meet, Phelps was considered an automatic contender to swim both relays at the Olympics.

Notably, Phelps’s free hasn’t quite looked the same since 2012 and his retirement. USA men’s head coach Bob Bowman could still elect Phelps to the free relays in Rio, though for now, his freestyle future looks cloudy with uncertainty.

Anthony Ervin is now the 2nd seed in the 100 free tomorrow behind Adrian with a 48.71.

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Chris

Looks like Conger scratched, too? Content with the 800 relay spot and a crack at top-2 in the butterflies?

Steve Nolan

uh, wut. This is an ungood development.

Caleb

Not too surprised, those guys weren’t going to swim semis anyway so preferring to get a good sleep and loosen up in the morning. Be ready for a tough 2 fly. Pace Clark not swimming the 100 free, either 😉

Peter

When did he swim the 48? Had to have been after 2012.

Markster

Pan Pacs 2014

rockfish

48.45 in texas a month ago

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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