A little after set a fastest time in the men’s 200 freestyle preliminary heats, single Villasenor retired from the semi-finals of the event on Day 2 of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Dressel clocked a time of 1: 46.63 in the heats, slashing nearly seven tenths from his previous best time (1: 47.31) to qualify second overall.
Now the 24-year-old is dropping the event, as is the 11th Ryan held, which leaves his status for the 800 free relay at the Olympics in the air.
Many expected Dressel to strike out the 200 freestyle after the preliminaries, provided he had a fast enough time to earn him a relay spot in Tokyo. His performance of 1: 46.63 puts him in the field, but that’s far from certain. Anything less than 1:46 would probably have secured him a spot if he wanted to.
However, there is still a very good chance that he ends up in the relay at the Games, especially if the United States doesn’t have four men they are confident they can be lower than 1:46 and Dressel is shooting. all cylinders in its other events. .
There are five men who made it to tonight’s semi-finals who were faster than Dressel’s preliminary swim going back to early 2019, so we’ll have to wait and see how things turn.
Leading the domain is Kieran smith, a current member of Dressel’s former collegiate team, the University of Florida Gators, who clocked a time of 1: 46.54 in the preliminaries. Smith was one of three swimmers to secure a ticket to the Olympics on Sunday night, winning the men’s 400 freestyle.
For now, however, Dressel is signed up to swim the prelims of the 200 butterflies on Tuesday morning, but he is expected to retire. Her first race in one of her three main events (50/100 freestyle, 100 butterfly) will be Wednesday morning in the preliminary round of the 100 freestyle.
With Held also scratching after a time of 1: 47.57 for 11th place this morning, Grant House (1: 48.18) and Julien hill (1: 48.56) will advance to the semi-finals tonight, having initially placed 17th and 18th overall, respectively. Maxime Rooney, who has a best of 1: 46.78, is now the first substitute.