2016 U.S Olympic Trials: Day Seven Finals Live Recap


Tonight could be a historic night for swimming at the 2016 U.S Olympic Trials. Both Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps could be making history tonight as they each have one final to contest.

Phelps is up first in the men’s 100m butterfly which will be his last race on U.S soil. If he makes the team in the event, he’s in a position to win four straight Olympic gold medals in the event, something that’s never been done before. There’s plenty of talent in the final tonight, and Phelps is far from a lock in the event after the speed that was displayed in semifinals.

Ledecky has the 800m freestyle final. In order to qualify, she swam an 8:10.91. She described that that performance felt easy, meaning that there’s plenty of potential for her to smash her own world record tonight.

200m backstroke world record holder Missy Franklin will be looking to qualify for one more event with her last swim at these trials. Franklin has been swimming consistently well in the 200m backstroke, and just needs to finish second tonight to qualify. Maya DiRado and Elizabeth Beisel will be there to add challenge to the chase.

The men’s 50m freestyle final is the fourth final of the night. There have been several swimmers under 22-seconds and this final should heat up to be one of the best of the evening. It will come down to the wire as it usually does.

Along with the finals there’s the women’s 50m freestyle semifinal led by Madison Kennedy.


Top seed: Maya DiRado (2:08.14)
World record: 2:04.06 – Missy Franklin
American record: 2:04.06 – Missy Franklin
U.S Open record: 2:05.68 – Missy Franklin
U.S Nationals record: 2:05.68 – Missy Franklin
JR World record: 2:07.43 – Daria Ustinova
2012 Winning Time: 2:06.11 – Missy Franklin

Maya DiRado took the first final of the night with a swift 2:06.90 that put her well ahead of the rest of the field as she won her third event of these Olympic trials. DiRado took the lead at the 100-meter mark and never looked back, holding her consistency into the wall as she touched in for gold at 2:06.90.

The race for second behind her was between Amy Bilquist, Missy Franklin, and Lisa Bratton for the majority of the race. Although Danielle Galyer took it out fast with the leaders, she was passed heading into the 150-wall.

At the 150 it was Franklin in second with both Bilquist and Bratton hot on her tail. Heading into the wall, it looked as though both Bilquist and Bratton were gaining on Franklin. Regardless of that fact, she managed to hold on for silver securing a 200m backstroke swim at the Olympic Games.

At the touch Franklin was a 2:07.89, Bratton was a 2:08.20 for third, and Bilquist was a 2:08.30 for fourth.

Franklin’s lineup is now complete. She’ll be on the 4x200m freestyle relay and compete in both the 200m freestyle and 200m backstroke. DiRado will be swimming three individual events now, adding the 200m backstroke to her lineup which includes both medley swims.

  1. Maya DiRado (2:06.90)
  2. Missy Franklin (2:07.89)
  3. Lisa Bratton (2:08.20)
  4. Amy Bilquist (2:08.30)
  5. Danielle Galyer (2:09.31)
  6. Erin Voss (2:09.81)
  7. Elizabeth Beisel (2:11.12)
  8. Bridgette Alexander (2:11.41)


For official results click here.


Top seed: Seth Stubblefield (51.26)
World record: 49.82 – Michael Phelps
American record: 49.82 – Michael Phelps
U.S Open record: 50.22 – Michael Phelps
U.S Nationals record: 50.22 – Michael Phelps
JR World record: 51.33 – Li Zhuhao (China)
2012 Winning Time: 51.14 – Michael Phelps

The 100m butterfly has always been that one race that Michael Phelps gives everyone a heart attack. He leaves it until the last minute to come home with the win, and why would the last time he raced on U.S soil be any different?

Phelps was out in fourth with a 26.06, but on that final 50 he came home strong. It wasn’t until the last 20-meters that Phelps really began to edge out to the front of the field in order to establish himself as the leader.

At the touch, he clocked in a 51.00. He smacked the water. He spit water out of his mouth. And then he climbed out of the water at these trials for the last time after a race.

Right behind Phelps was Tom Shields who rocked a 51.20 to secure his second swim at these Olympic Games. Phelps and Shields will both be competing in the 100 and 200m butterflies in Rio.

Seth Stubblefield of Cal and Jack Conger of Texas just missed the Olympic team. Stubblefield was a 51.24, 0.04 seconds behind Shields, and Conger was a 51.26, 0.06 seconds behind Shields.

2012 Olympian Tim Phillips was third in 51.44.

  1. Michael Phelps (51.00)
  2. Tom Shields (51.20)
  3. Seth Stubblefield (51.24)
  4. Jack Conger (51.26)
  5. Tim Phillips (51.44)
  6. Matthew Josa (51.86)
  7. Will Glass (52.25)
  8. Giles Smith (53.56)

For official results click here.


Top seed: Katie Ledecky (8:10.91)
World record: 8:06.68 – Katie Ledecky
American record: 8:06.68 – Katie Ledecky
U.S Open record: 8:06.68 – Katie Ledecky
U.S Nationals record: 8:17.12 – Janet Evans
JR World record: 8:11.00 – Katie Ledecky
2012 Winning Time: 8:19.78 – Katie Ledecky

Katie Ledecky put everyone on the edge of their seats through 600-meters tonight as she chased her own world record, finishing shy of that mark, but still claiming gold and securing the event for Rio.

At the 50-meter mark Ledecky turned slightly faster than the first 50 split of her world record. By the 100, she was 0.99 seconds under world record pace. At the 200, she was almost a full second and a half under pace splitting a 1:58.75.

Halfway through, Ledecky turned at the 400 a full second under world record pace with a 4:02.21 split. She stayed under world record pace through 550-meters before falling off that pace.

At the 650, Ledecky really started to drop off the pace, slowly but surely falling farther and farther from her record each 50. At the final touch, Ledecky was an 8:10.32 to take the win, just slightly faster than what she swam yesterday morning.

As expected, Leah Smith finished second in 8:20.18 to secure a second individual event for Rio.

  1. Katie Ledecky (8:10.32)
  2. Leah Smith (8:20.18)
  3. Stephanie Peacock (8:24.71)
  4. Lindsay Vrooman (8:29.10)
  5. Ashley Twichell (8:29.85)
  6. Hannah Moore (8:31.01)
  7. Haley Anderson (8:33.66)
  8. Sierra Schmidt (8:36.09)

For official results click here.


Top seed: Anthony Ervin (21.55)
World record: 20.91 – Cesar Cielo
American record: 21.37 – Nathan Adrian
U.S Open record: 21.14 – Cesar Cielo
U.S Nationals record: 21.47 – Nathan Adrian/Garret Weber-Gale
JR World record: 22.00 – Yu Hexin (China)
2012 Winning Time: 21.59 – Cullen Jones

Sixteen years after winning gold at the 2000 Olympic Games, Anthony Ervin will be back competing in the 50m freestyle at his third Olympics.

It came down to the wire, but ultimately it was American record holder Nathan Adrian who got his hand on the wall first with a 21.51 in order to secure his second individual event for Rio.

Ervin was right behind him by the smallest of margins, finishing second in 21.52.

Cullen Jones finished third in 21.75 and will not be returning to the Olympic Games.

  1. Nathan Adrian (21.51)
  2. Anthony Ervin (21.52)
  3. Cullen Jones (21.75)
  4. Caeleb Dressel (21.80)
  5. Josh Schneider (21.95)
  6. Michael Chadwick (21.96)
  7. Jimmy Feigen (21.99)
  8. Dillon Virva (22.40)

For official results click here.


Top seed: Madison Kennedy (24.52)
World record: 23.73 – Britta Steffen (Germany)
American record: 24.07 – Dara Torres
U.S Open record: 24.13 – Cate Campbell (Australia)
U.S Nationals record: 24.25 – Dara Torres
JR World record: 24.74 – Rikako Ikee (Japan)
2012 Winning Time: 24.50 – Jessica Hardy

Abbey Weitzeil and Madison Kennedy look to be the top two prospects for tomorrow night’s final in the women’s 50m freestyle.

Weitzeil and Kennedy battled things out in the second semifinal. Weitzeil came out on top with a 24.34, Kennedy was second in 24.39.

Both were faster than this morning and are closing in on Dara Torres’ 24.07 American record.

Simone Manuel qualified third overall in 25.48.

  1. Abbey Weitzeil (24.34)
  2. Madison Kennedy (24.39)
  3. Simone Manuel (24.58)
  4. Katrina Konopka (24.68)
  5. Olivia Smoliga (24.84)
  6. Lia Neal (24.85)
  7. Dana Vollmer (25.03)
  8. Amanda Weir (25.08)

For official results click here.

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6 years ago

And of course with rowdy saying that Jones missed the team by only .23, he of all people should now how big that is in a 50

samuel huntington
6 years ago

Want to start making conclusions on the meet. This will be updated.

people who performed better than expected: Dirado (managed schedule well), Haas, Shields (his 200), Smoliga, Ervin, Schmitt (100 only), Smith, Hannis, Pebley, Cullen Jones (always show up when needed)

people who performed about what was expected: Ledecky, Phelps, Adrian, Cordes, Litherland, Worrell, King, Andrew (getting the sub 1:00), Bayer, Prenot, Licon

people who performed worse than expected: Kalisz (seems stagnant), Grevers, Dressel (21.8 is disappointing), Grothe, Beisel (fractured finger didn’t help), Rooney, Nolan, Hoffer (easily biggest disappointment), Lawrence, Dwyer (wanted a 1:44), Lochte (will be better in Rio)

Unsure, like always: Jack Conger

Reply to  samuel huntington
6 years ago

Zane Grothe was not worse than expected. He swam very well.

He swam a best time in the 400 free. He qualified first, and then dropped his time in the final. He battled until the final stroke, where he passed Clark Smith for 4th.

He swam a best time in the 1500 prelims and will swim the final tonight.

6 years ago

In the mist of Olympic Trials Andriy Govorov’s 22.69 Textile best 50 fly has been overshadowed, he almost went as fast a 2009 Mike Cavic, who also went 22.69 at the beginning of a 100 fly…
I know this is 7 years ago, but I still can’t understand while FINA decided to ban the suits and keep the world records.
They could of banned the suits and removed the WRs, which would stop the crazy fast times but rob so swimmers of great performances, they could have just kept the suits, excepted the damage had been done and let the times balance out like they would have eventually, and just begin a new era of the sport. But… Read more »

6 years ago

Tim Phillips was not an olympian. He went to worlds though. Gret swimmer and hope he continues.

6 years ago

My thoughts:
1. Missy Franklin. Her 200m back is absolute not impressed at all. I can’t see her will drop 2 or 3 seconds next 5 weeks to get a medal. The gold medal is too far away from her. So sad!!
2. Maya Dirado. Very good meet for her. She can get 2 or 3 medals in Rio. And the schedule in Rio is nearly perfect for her to do that. Go Maya!!!
3. KL. she’ll go a lot faster in Rio. So don’t worry guys!!! :)))
4. MP: very good swim too!!! good luck to him in Rio
5. Tom Shields. So happy for him!! He deserves it and also deserves more recognitions.… Read more »

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Lane 9 day 7 with Ariana Kukors, Kara Lynn Joyce, Jay Litherland, Momma Beisel, Momma Schmitt, Elizabeth Beisel, Allison Schmitt, Jessica Hardy, Kathleen Baker, Gary Hall Jr., Garrett Weber-Gale, Nicole Johnson and Boomer!

bobo gigi
6 years ago
bobo gigi
6 years ago

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Mitch worked for 5-years with SwimSwam news as a web producer focusing on both Canadian and international content. He coached for Toronto Swim Club for four seasons as a senior coach focusing on the development of young swimmers. Mitch is an NCCP level 2 certified coach in Canada and an ASCA Level …

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