With the conclusion of the international, national, junior national, zone, futures, and sectional meets that make up the bulk of the long course championship season, it’s time for an update on the number of Olympic Trials qualifiers. We’re already up to 1,115, and with a full season left to go, that’s already nearing USA Swimming’s stated goal of having between 1,200 and 1,400 qualifiers. Those 1,115 swimmers have amassed 2,299 qualifying cuts.
World Juniors is yet to come, but most, or all, swimmers racing at that meet have already qualified for the Olympic Trials, so that won’t appreciably impact the outcome.
The 2020 US Olympic Swimming Trials will be held from June 21st-28th, 2020 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Swimmers will be able to compete in any events where they’ve hit the Olympic Trials standard (link below) with no ‘bonus events’ allowed.
Qualifying for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials begins on November 28, 2018 and runs through June 19th, 2020. USA Swimming will accept new qualifications from first-time qualifiers from June 16th-19th, but won’t update anybody’s entry time based on swims after June 15th.
Hali Flickinger continues to lead all swimmers with 9 Olympic Trials qualifying standards, followed by Madisyn Cox and Melanie Margalis with 8 each. There are 14 total events for each gender at the Olympic Trials.
Here is a list of swimmers with at least 6 qualifying standards:
The 50 freestyles continue to see a high volume of qualifiers, while the distance events are lagging behind. This is both by design and by ‘event choice’ as there are, in general, more sprinters in USA Swimming than distance swimmers.
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Note: we have done our best to remove names, like Brad Tandy, that are incorrectly labeled as being Americans in the SWIMS database. There are other cases of swimmers who we understand to be dual citizens who could, already are, or may be planning to represent other nations internationally, like Caspar Corbeau (Netherlands), Phillippe Marcoux (Canada), Jaden Olson (Philippines), Paul Le (Vietnam), and Bence Szabados (Hungary), but who could also technically still swim at the US Olympic Trials as of today, given that there is technically enough time left to change their sporting citizenship to American.