3rd Seed Will Licon and 4th Seed Chase Kalisz No-Show 200 IM Prelims

2016 U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS

Third seed Will Licon of Longhorn and fourth seed Chase Kalisz of North Baltimore both no-showed the prelims of this morning’s 200 IM, after coming into the event with 1:58.43 and 1:58.73 seed times, respectively.

Licon is likely deciding to rest for tonight’s final of the 200 breast. 2016 Rio Olympic qualifier and this week’s 400 IM champion Kalisz is now finished swimming for the week. His sole event in Rio will be the 400 IM (no small accomplishment).

Barring some sort of big mistake, the two Olympic spots appear to be on lockdown between 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps and 11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte, a fact which likely contributed to Licon and Kalisz’s decision to no-show. The third seed on the psych sheet, Conor Dwyer, scratched before the beginning of the session, after coming in seeded with 1:57.41.

We have no confirmation on this, but, from our seats in the press area, Licon’s family appeared to be unaware of Licon’s decision to no-show. The group decked out in “Team Licon” t-shirts with the slogan “If there’s a Will, there’s a way,” stood up and left the arena when they saw that he was not behind the blocks.

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kaev
4 years ago

Now lochte really can’t screw this up

dru
4 years ago

disappointed all these guys didn’t swim it.. especially Kalisz, licon and prenot

2breast is the first event of the evening.. and the 2IM semis are the final event

iLikePsych
4 years ago

It’s almost like someone is paying off all the threats to Phelps/Lochte; Bentz and Seliskar better look out.

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Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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