Pickrem Out, Dressel Scratches 100 Breast For Day 1 of Pan Pacs


  • Thursday, August 9 – Tuesday, August 14, 2018
  • Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo, Japan
  • Long Course Meters (LCM)
  • Live Results

Start lists for the first day of Pan Pacs show a number of notable scratches, including third and fourth seeds Ariarne Titmus and Emma McKeon following up on their hints at dropping the 200 free, #3 400 IM seed Sydney Pickrem scratching all three of her events for Canada and American Caeleb Dressel opting out of the 100 breast.

Titmus and McKeon had both told media leading up to the meet that the 200 free was likely on the chopping block; that opens things up for a still-loaded field that includes Katie Ledecky, Taylor Ruck and Rikako Ikee without either of the top Australian entrants. 19-seed Shayna Jack also scratched the event for Australia.

Pickrem has bowed out of all three of her day 1 entries. The third seed in the 400 IM, Pickrem was a gold medal contender. But she’s out of the 100 breast, 200 free and 400 IM for Canada.

Dressel, who set an American record in short course yards this past winter, was entered in the 100 breast but was always likely going to have to choose between that and the 200 free. Dressel elected to remain in the freestyle, where he’ll look to put up a top-6 American time to make the 4×200 free relay next summer.

The women’s 400 IM saw a lot of big-name scratches. 2017 National Champ Leah Smith has scratched (likely to focus on the 200 free) along with 9th seed Ella Eastinwho is still dealing with mononucleosis and didn’t swim this event at U.S. Nationals.

You can see the full list of scratches below. Start lists are available here.

Women’s 100 breast

Men’s 100 breast

Women’s 200 free

Men’s 200 free

Women’s 400 IM

Men’s 400 IM

Women’s 800 free

  • #12 Emma Robinson (NZL)

Men’s 1500 free

  • None

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So does this mean we will deffinitaly see Dressel swim the 200 FR?

WV Swimmer

Dressel 1:41.99 confirmed

Coach John

in a speedo for prelims for good measure

Tammy Touchpad Error

Makes no sense for Titmus to scratch her 2nd best event here. Thought she wanted to beat Ledecky… She thinks she’s gonna do it in the 8???
AUS swimming (minus Chalmers) yet again completely backwards.

Bon Jovi

like the way the water flows in their toilets

Science Geek

Totally agree, she actually had a chance in the 200


Maybe not. Maybe there was no progress with her sprinting abilities since April and she doesn’t want to find herself fourth or even fifth in 200 that goes after tough 800. Maybe she hasn’t even focused on 200 after CWG paying her all attention to 400 and 800 events. Maybe, maybe, maybe… let’s see who she actually is.

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