Trials Day 7 Heat Sheets: Coughlin, Franklin Scratch 50

Sunday morning’s preliminary session will be brief in the sense that there will only be two events. However, with one of those events being a 10-heated men’s 1500 free, the session will run better than three hours.

There are a few semi-significant scratches in the women’s 50 free, though none of them are overly surprising. Dana VollmerMissy Franklin, and Allison Schmitt all have dropped the race after all three were probably a bit slower than we expected in the 100 freestyle. Coughlin is sort of the big surprise to scratch this; as she’s struggled through the meet to only a single relay performance in the 400 free relay on her card, the one standard has been her ability to take a 50 out very hard.

In the men’s 1500, the only scratch from the top 30 entries will be Indiana All-American Ryan Hinshaw. That means that Alex Meyer, the American open water Olympian, will be swimming the 1500, though his chances at qualifying for London are a long-shot.

The men’s 1500 won’t be overly powerful at the top, but should show outstanding depth from the Americans.

Sunday heat sheets available here.

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Disappointed that Coughlin scratched the 50; obviously she’s a big long shot, but would have been interesting to see what she could do given how fast she took out her 100’s.

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