The heat sheets for Friday’s preliminary session at the men’s NCAA Championships show only two individual scratches out of the circle-seeded heats, both coming from NC State.
The Wolfpack scratched a pair of top-20 swimmers out of the 200 free, perhaps saving those swimmers to focus more on relays. That includes 11th-seeded Ryan Held and 19th-seeded David Williams. NC State still has 9-seed Simonas Bilis entered in the event.
NC State, of course, is coming off of their back-breaking relay DQ from last night, where a false start took away the team’s first-ever NCAA relay title. They’ll need solid performances on both day 2 relays to climb back into the points hunt.
NC State also scratched 31st seed Soeren Dahl out of the 100 fly, but he was entered in the fly and the 200 free back-to-back, so scratching one was probably in the plans all along.
Also out of that 100 fly is Texas senior Kip Darmody, who was seeded 25th.
Princeton’s 200 medley relay is now off the heat sheets. They lost their chance at competing after one swimmer fell ill and another missed his day 1 event.
(Update: the heat sheets were reseeded this morning after the original heat sheets failed to scratch Princeton’s 400 IMer Corey Okubo. The updated heat sheets are linked below.)