2022 U.S. World Championship Trials
- April 26-30, 2022
- Greensboro, NC
- Greensboro Aquatic Center
- LCM (50m)
- Meet Central
- Full Results
- Full Roster
The US World Championship Trials last week provided one shot for swimmers from across the country to earn a chance to compete at the 2022 FINA World Championships. Worlds will be held in Budapest later this summer, with the pool swimming portion of the competition running from June 18-25. The full qualification criteria for team USA can be found here.
Making the US National team is very competitive and, in many races, comes down to mere tenths of a second. Here is a list of the top 10 closest margins from the 2022 Trials that determined who made the World Championship team:
|Event||Athlete||Place||Time||Time that Qualified||Percentage Missed|
|Men’s 400 Medley||Bobby Finke||3rd||4:10.57||4:10.50||.03%|
|Women’s 50 Free||Gretchen Walsh||3rd||24.53||24.52||.04%|
|Men’s 400 Free||Ross Dant||3rd||3:47.11||3:46.93||.08%|
|Women’s 100 Breast||Kaitlyn Dobler||3rd||1:06.19||1:06.12||.11%|
|Men’s 50 Breast*||Nic Fink||2nd||26.55||26.52||.11%|
|Women’s 50 Free||Claire Curzan||4th||24.55||24.52||.12%|
|Men’s 50 Fly*||Michael Andrew||2nd||22.87||22.84||.13%|
|Women’s 100 Breast||Lydia Jacoby||4th||1:06.21||1:06.12||.14%|
|Women’s 200 Free||Erin Gemmell||7th||1:58.12||1:57.82||.25%|
|Men’s 100 Free||Kieran Smith||7th||48.51||48.38||.27%|
*In the 50s of stroke, only the top qualifier gets a guaranteed spot on the roster. The second spot goes to the next-fastest finisher who made the team in another event. In these cases, Fink and Andrew missed the guaranteed spot, but both made the team in other events and thus will still compete in their respective 50s at worlds.
Of these 10 athletes that narrowly missed the qualifying spot, five of them made the team in other events.
In addition to coming within .01 of making the team in the 50 free, she also made the ‘A’ final of the 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly, coming in 5th and 4th, respectively.
Curzan is the only female on the list above who qualified for Worlds in a different event. She qualified to swim the 100 free, 50 fly, 100 fly, and 100 back in Budapest. At Trials, Curzan placed second to Torri Huske in the 100 free and 100 fly, second to Regan Smith in the 100 back, and won the 50 fly.
Curzan competed at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics in the 100m butterfly, finishing 10th overall with a time of 57.42. Last week, she posted a 56.35 which is only .15 slower than her best time from April of 2021.
In the 400 IM, Finke dropped .87 seconds off his previous best time, set at the Olympic Trials last summer. However, that drop wasn’t quite enough to qualify for Worlds, as he finished a mere .07 seconds behind Chase Kalisz. This was the closest finish of the Trials by percentage, with only .03% separating second and third place.
Although he just missed the chance to swim the 400 IM at Worlds, Finke will be representing the USA in the 800 and 1500 meter freestyles.
Michael Andrew finished second in the 50 butterfly, clocking in .03 seconds behind Caeleb Dressel. In the 50s of stroke, only the top finisher is guaranteed a spot on the final roster. However, since Dressel was also the winner of the 100 fly, Andrew gets a spot in the 50 as the fastest swimmer in the event already on the Worlds roster. He also qualified in the 50 free, 50 breast, and 100 breast.
Nic Fink is in a similar situation to Andrew. He narrowly missed a guaranteed spot in the 50 breast by .03 seconds, but ultimately will compete in that event anyway. Fink won the 100 breast in a time of 58.37, dropping .13 off his previous best from Olympic Trials. He finished second to Andrew in the 50 but beat him by .14 in the 100. Fink will also be competing in the 200 breaststroke where he tied for first with Charlie Swanson.
A notable name that is missing from the final roster is Lydia Jacoby, 2021 Olympic Champion in the 100 breaststroke. At Trials, Jacoby competed in the 50 (3rd), 100 (4th), and 200 (5th) breaststrokes. The closest she got to making the team (by percentage) was in the 100 breaststroke, where she finished .09 seconds away from Annie Lazor in second place. Finishing between Jacoby and Lazor was Kaityln Dobler in a time of 1:06.19, just .07 away from Lazor’s 1:06.12.