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


This morning’s prelims are going to be short and sweet, at least for the first half of the morning.

The women will compete in the 50m freestyle where SwimMAC Carolina’s Madison Kennedy is the top seed with a time of 24.45.

The entirety of the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay team, with the exception of Allison Schmitt, will be competing in the women’s splash-and-dash.

Lia Neal, Simone Manuel, and Abbey Weitzeil will be in heat 17. Both Amanda Weir and Dana Vollmer will be in the final heat, heat 18.

On the other side of the coin, the men will be racing the mile today where Connor Jaeger is the top seed. Jaeger is the American record holder in the event.

He’ll be racing against Michael McBroom and Clark Smith in the final heat, heat number 10.


Top seed: Madison Kennedy (24.45)
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

Top seed Madison Kennedy will be going into the semifinals as the top seed after dropping a 24.52 int he final heat of the women’s 50m freestyle. Kennedy was well ahead of her heat.

Second was Simone Manuel who raced 100m freestyle champion Abbey Weitzeil in the second last heat. Weitzeil had the lead, but Manuel began to close in on it as they both reached for the wall. Manuel had the magic touch, winning the heat in 24.57 compared to Weitzeil’s 24.58.

100m backstroke champion Olivia Smoliga is the fourth seed after putting up a 24.78.

Both Dana Vollmer and Kelsi Worrell made the semifinal in the sixth and eighth spots respectively.

Of the top sixteen, eight swimmers are already on the Olympic roster.

TOP 16

  1. Madison Kennedy (24.52)
  2. Simone Manuel (24.57)
  3. Abbey Weitzeil (24.58)
  4. Olivia Smoliga (24.78)
  5. Katrina Konopka (24.90)
  6. Dana Vollmer (24.96)
  7. Ivy Martin (25.05)
  8. Kelsi Worrell (25.12)
  9. Amanda Weir (25.15)
  10. Lia Neal (25.16)
  11. Maddie Locus (25.27)
  12. Katie Meili (25.37)
  13. Anika Apostalon (25.43)
  14. Taylor Schick (25.48)
  15. Caitlin Cooper (25.51)
  16. Anya Goeders (25.53)

For official results click here.


Top seed: Connor Jaeger (14:41.20)
World record: 14:31.02 – Sun Yang (China)
American record: 14:41.20 – Connor Jaeger
U.S Open record: 14:45.54 – Peter Vanderkaay
U.S Nationals record: 14:45.54 – Peter Vanderkaay
JR World record: 14:51.55 – Mack Horton (Australia)
2012 Winning Time: 14:52.19 – Andrew Gemmell

American record holder Connor Jaeger already established himself as the clear leader heading into Sunday night’s final in the 1500m freestyle. This morning he was a comfortable 14:58.59 to lead the heads.

Jordan Wilimovsky, who’s already qualified for the Olympics for open water, took the second seed with a 15:05.89.

Michael McBroom, PJ Ransford, and Zane Grothe make up the remainder of the top five.

Most notably Sean Ryan missed the final.


  1. Connor Jaeger (14:58.59)
  2. Jordan Wilimovsky (15:05.89)
  3. Michael McBroom (15:07.42)
  4. PJ Ransford (15:09.04)
  5. Zane Grothe (15:11.72)
  6. Robert Finke (15:15.52)
  7. Clark Smith (15:17.08)
  8. Chris Wieser (15:17.10)

For official results click here.

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4 years ago

I’ve got my stopwatch out to write down pacing for the 1500’s. As long as NBC keeps the live video from freezing I should be fine right?

Reply to  Back2Back
4 years ago

I have a feeling that annoying red-line that moves along the pool could be in trouble for the 1500. Would NBC have time to reset it from prelims to finals???

Reply to  Back2Back
4 years ago

You think that something is breaking 14:31?

Reply to  SwimmerFoxJet
4 years ago

You mean that swim that might get that suspicious astrisk*?

Reply to  Back2Back
4 years ago

Oh, you mean doping? In 2012 he was clean I’m pretty sure.

Reply to  SwimmerFoxJet
4 years ago

OK – recent behavior notwithstanding, I’m sure you’re probably right.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  SwimmerFoxJet
4 years ago

he was technically clean in 2012, but he had been for years on Trimetazidine when he swam in all those years. They mentioned that he was on TMZ since like forever.

Reply to  Back2Back
4 years ago

So was Lance Armstrong

Reply to  Back2Back
4 years ago

And who else? At least Iron Lungs kept off the podium.

Reply to  SwimmerFoxJet
4 years ago

Don’t they keep samples for better testing in the future?

Attila the Hunt
4 years ago

The commentators are talking about Cate’s 52.06… they are incredibly informed and able to conversed about the significance of the WR

This is how I LOVE swimming.
Don’t let Bobo see this, he will destroy everyone’s enjoyment.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
4 years ago

You’re back and once again you talk about me. You’re really obsessed with me. It’s scary.
And again you keep talking nonsense.
Where have you seen I didn’t enjoy world records?
Give me a break please!

Why there’s always a troll on that site?
Last time I reply to your comments. Enough. You remind me of Smoothswimmer. Maybe you are the same person….

northern light
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
4 years ago

I am a long time swim fan with no technical knowledge. I enjoy all perspectives on this site. Yours, too.
I did not enjoy the last sentence of your post. Rude. Give it a rest, please.

Cuddly Puff
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
4 years ago

In other news, the Longhorns just picked up 2 more top recruits.

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4 years ago


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4 years ago

YES! Who please???

4 years ago

manuel 2457
weitzel 2458
the only times under 25 thus far

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