PSS Indy Day 1 Finals: Schmitt Opts For 100 Freestyle, Scratches 400 Free


Thursday Night Finals Heat Sheets

As we approach day 2 finals at the Indianapolis stop of the 2021 Pro Swim Series, there are relatively few scratches to report. The sole swimmer to scratch their spot in an A final was Allison Schmitt who decided not to swim the 400 freestyle for which she qualified for 8th place with a prelim swim of 4:12.57. Schmitt’s scratch moves current US national teamer Kaersten Meitz into the A final, having swum a 4:13.28 for 9th place during the prelims.

Kaitlynn Sims was 17th in the prelims meaning that once Schmitt scratched she would have gotten a spot in the B final but Sims also scratched the event, moving 18th place Sophia Karras into 16th place.

While she scratched the 400, Schmitt will still race in the 100 freestyle A final as the 4th fastest entrant. During the prelims, she swam a 54.84 which was slower than Linnea Mack‘s leading 53.78, Kate Douglass‘s 54.30, and Catie DeLoof‘s 54.32.

While no one scratched from the A final, three swimmers opted not to race the women’s 100 freestyle B final in the form of Alex Walsh, Paige Madden, and Kelly Pash who qualified in 10th, 12th, and 13th place, respectively. All 3 of them have scratched the 100 free B final in favour of a second event. Walsh will race in the 100 breast B final, Madden will race in the 400 free A final, while Pash will swim in the 200 fly A final.

While no one scratched the men’s 400 free, men’s 100 free, women’s 100 breast, or men’s 200 fly, the only other scratches to report come from Jonathan Rutter in the 100 breast and Sierra Schmidt in the 200 fly.

Rutter would have gone into the B final in lane 4, having swum a 1:02.25 during the prelims. In his place, 10th ranked Raunak Khosla advances to 9th while Aidan Kreiley gains a spot in the B final after his 1:02.89 17th place finish in the prelims.

Sierra Schmidt on the other hand was 11th during the heats of the 200 butterfly and has scratched from the B final. In her absence, Gabi Albiero will be granted the 16th spot in the final following her morning swim of 2:17.63 for 17th place.

Finals will begin tonight with the women’s 100 freestyle at 6 PM EST.

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