Pan Pacs 2014 – Day 4 scratches include Mann, McKeon, Hedlin

On the final day of pool swimming at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, the scratches are starting to come in a little faster. Most notably, it seems some of the Open Water entrants have dropped the 800 or 1500 to rest up for the 10K event to take place tomorrow.

Among those scratches are American Becca Mann out of the women’s 1500 and Canada’s Eric Hedlin from the men’s 1500.

Ous Mellouli has also scratched the 800 free, which is expected – he’s scratched the entire meet after complications with his travel visa kept him from making the trip to the Gold Coast. Canada’s Evan White is another full-meet scratch-out in the men’s 200 IM.

A number of multi-event swimmers have dropped the 200 IM on the meet’s final day. That includes American backstroker Liz Pelton and butterflyers Hali Flickinger and Katie McLaughlin.

Also out of the meet is Australia’s Emma McKeon, who was the 11th seed in the 50 free. McKeon had four Australian teammates ahead of her and would have needed a substantial drop to make the final here.

Melanie Margalis has scratched out of the 200 breast for the USA, which leaves just two swimmers in the event. That’ll take away the fight for the A final spots, plus ends the battle for spots on the World Champs team in that event, leaving Micah Lawrence and Breeja Larson as the two World Champs qualifiers. That guarantees Larson a spot on the team – she hadn’t yet been officially added to the team.

Prelims begin at 10AM local time, which is 8PM for those on the U.S.’s East Coast.

Day 4 scratches:

Men’s 800 free:

  • Ous Mellouli, Tunisia
  • Eric Hedlin, Canada

Women’s 200 IM

  • Elizabeth Pelton, USA
  • Hali Flickinger, USA
  • Katie McLaughlin, USA

Men’s 200 IM:

  • Evan White, Canada
  • Simon Thiago, Brazil

Women’s 50 free:

  • Emma McKeon, Australia

Women’s 200 breast:

  • Melanie Margalis, USA

Men’s 200 breast:

  • Jake Packard, Australia

Women’s 1500 free:

  • Becca Mann, USA

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Evan White has scratched out of all 5 events he entered. Hopefully, the injury/illness or whatever it is, isn’t too serious.


Margalis scratching the 200m breast means Lawrence and Larson are the only 2 Americans left in the event, and ensures both girls will swim the event at the 2015 world championships. Lawrence was already on the team so this will guarantee Larson’s plane ticket to Russia.


It’s none of my business and many people will be annoyed with me, but I guess I need to vent. I think that If you don’t really want to fight to make the World Team and to help Team USA at a big international meet like this, then you should give your spot on the Team to somebody who does! The 200 IM is a great race for Pelton; she almost made the Olympic Team in it! By not swimming it she’s not hurting anybody but herself, but if you don’t believe you can do it, then you’ll never be able to do it. You have to take every opportunities and do what you can with them! The 200 breast… Read more »

Steve Nolan

While I understand the sentiment and frustration, I’m going to defer to the athletes regarding what’s best for them. For a number of swimmers, that’s scratching events.

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