With the release of the 2012 US Olympic Trials psych sheets, we can now answer at least some of the questions that have been pondered about the potential makeup of the American team. What has to always be remembered though is that athletes won’t necessarily swim all of the events in which they are entered.
This is especially true in the case of a swimmer like Ryan Lochte, who is entered in 11 races individually. He is unlikely to swim that full load, but has hinted that he might swim more than expected. Gregg Troy didn’t shy away from big schedules, as Lochte’s teammate Elizabeth Beisel is entered in 9.
Among the swimmers totally absent include Dagny Knutson, who was on last year’s World Championship Team but has waned in her training the last few months (and hasn’t competed in a long time). Chip Peterson, who says he’s “hardly been training,” is also not on the list.Julia Smit, who we’ve been told unofficially is retired, verified that by not entering Trials – she hasn’t raced since Winter Nationals in December.
Many had been clamoring for the legendary Dara Torres to swim the 100 free for a possible relay spot, but she didn’t ever actually achieve the Olympic Trials qualifying time. If she makes the team in the 50, the coaches will have the option (though unlikely they’d use it) to put her on a relay.
Natalie Coughlin is sitting out the 200 free, though she was on that relay in Beijing. Then again, its not as though the relay really needs her. She will, however, be at least entered in the 100 fly and the 100 back.
Tyler Clary has left the door slightly ajar for taking an easier Olympic path with the 400 free on day one than his primary 400 IM by entering both races.
Jasmine Tosky, who has the most entries of anybody in this meet, will limit herself to only 6 entries. Dana Vollmer will have one fewer than that with 5 entries, including the 200 free that she scratched at Worlds last year.
Katie Hoff is entered in the 400 IM and the 200/400/800 freestyle. That’s probably the best schedule of events she could have – though she dropped the 200 IM, which (as one of our readers pointed out) will loosen up that final significantly.Morgan Scroggy, who was a 2:11 in 2010, is also (maybe more surprisingly) not entered in that 200 IM.
In other IM news, Ariana Kukors is entered in the 100 and 200 breast and the 200 IM, but not the 400 IM. That’s a race that she was in the top 10 in the world in during 2010, but with stepped-up competition in the 200 IM likely, she’s opted out of the longer race at this meet. The 200 is where she’s the World Record holder and her best shot at Olympic gold.
Peter Vanderkaay is entered in 6 events – including most surprisingly the IM’s. He had a great (albeit surprising) 400 IM at the Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix; he’s unlikely to swim that race on the first day because of the 400 free in the same session, but it’s notable none-the-less.
Michael Phelps (7) – 100/200 free; 100/200 fly; 200/400 IM; 200 Back
Missy Franklin (5) – 50/100/200 free; 100/200 back
Natalie Coughlin (5) – 50/100 free; 200 IM; 100 fly; 100 back
Ryan Lochte (10)- 50/100/200/400 free; 100 breast; 100/200 back; 100/200 fly; 200/400 IM
Jasmine Tosky (6) – 100/200 fly; 100/200 free; 200/400 IM
Dara Torres (1) – 50 free
Tyler Clary (6) – 200 fly; 200 back; 200/400 IM; 200/400 free
Allison Schmitt (5) – 50/100/200/400/800 free
Dana Vollmer (5) – 100/200 fly; 50/100/200 free
Elizabeth Beisel (9) – 200/400 IM; 200/400/800 free; 100/200 back; 200 breast; 200 fly
Ariana Kukors (3) – 100/200 breast; 200 IM
Peter Vanderkaay (6) - 100/200/400/1500 free; 200/400 IM