Top Seed Mark Szaranek Scratches 200 IM On Day 1 Of Winter Nats


Top seed in the men’s 200 IM, Mark Szaranek, has scratched the event on day 1 of U.S. Winter Nationals. The Florida Gator was seeded atop a strong field with his 1:40.67 showing from last season’s NCAAs, a time that won him a joint national title with Will Licon of Texas.

With Szaranek only entered in one other event over the weekend, it’s up in the air whether or not he’s in attendance in Columbus.

In his absence 2017 World Champion Chase Kalisz takes over the top seed in the event, holding an entry of 1:41.19 which earned him 5th in that incredibly tight NCAA final in March. The man who finished 3rd in that race is also in the mix, as Ryan Murphy now holds down the #2 spot at 1:41.79. Also slated to swim the 200 IM this morning are Josh PrenotMichael AndrewJacob PebleyReece Whitley and Nicolas Fink.

Other than Szaranek there were only four scratches from three swimmers seeded inside the top-30 of their events. They are listed below:

  • Meghan Lynch, women’s 500 free (30th), 200 IM (22nd)
  • Peyton Werner, men’s 500 free (26th)
  • Abigail Harter, women’s 200 IM (15th)

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hes scared of the big bad chase


He’s probably on Scotland’s team for European SC Champs in less than two weeks.

Scotland doesn’t have a team for European SC Champs. Britain does, but Szaranek isn’t on it:

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James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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