Top Seed Bentz Scratches 400 IM On Day 3 Of U.S. Open


There were a total of nine scratches for day 3 prelims from the 2017 U.S. Open in East Meadow, most notably being Gunnar Bentz opting out of the men’s 400 IM.

Bentz came in as the top seed by nearly four seconds in 4:11.66, a time achieved at World Trials just over a month ago when he finished 3rd to Georgia teammates Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland. Bentz will compete at the World University Games later in the summer, and has already locked down a spot on the U.S. National Team in the 400 IM.

He has instead chosen to focus on the 100 fly, where he comes in as the 6th seed with a time of 53.03.

Another top seeded scratch on day 3 comes from Megan Kingsley, as she opts out of the women’s 100 fly as the 9th seed. Luke Kaliszak (#32) is the most notable scratch from the men’s 100 fly, and there were none from the women’s 400 IM.

All Scratches – Day 3 Prelims

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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