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


Tonight will feature six open roster spots that will be decided here in Omaha at the 2016 U.S Olympic Trials.

The most anticipated event of the night will be the men’s 200m IM where Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will have their final 200m IM showdown on American soil. The two are set up to be way out in front of the field in one last rematch before they likely settle the rivalry once and for all in Rio.

While the Phelps-Lochte swim is drawing the most excitement, the women’s 200m breaststroke is set up to be an amazing race. Micah Lawrence and Lilly King are set up to battle things out in a quest for gold. This is Lawrence’s last chance to make the Olympic team.

The men’s 200m backstroke is jam-packed with talent as well. Tyler Clary, the reigning Olympic champion, is putting it all on the line tonight. If he wants to make the team, he’s likely going to have to beat either Ryan Murphy or Jacob Pebley.

Along with the finals are plenty of semifinal action that will determine tomorrow night’s finalists.


Top seed: Caeleb Dressel (21.76)
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

Anthony Ervin and Nathan Adrian were side-by-side for the men’s 50m freestyle and put on a show. Both were out like a rocket and put up very strong times. Ervin was a 21.55 at the touch, Adrian was a 21.60.

With those times, Ervin is now ranked fourth in the world this year and Adrian is ranked fifth.

Adrian looked as though he could have gone faster as well. In the last 5-meters, it appeared as though he shut off the gas, slowing his stroke rate dramatically as he approached the wall. If that holds to be true, Adrian’s American record could be in jeopardy come finals.

Cullen Jones won the second semifinal in 21.93 to take the third seed overall. He was the only swimmer besides Ervin and Adrian to go under 22-seconds. Jimmy Feigen was fourth overall in 22.02, Caeleb Dressel was fifth in 22.04.

There will be a swim-off between William Copeland and Josh Schneider who both clocked in eighth at 22.13.


  1. Anthony Ervin (21.55)
  2. Nathan Adrian (21.60)
  3. Cullen Jones (21.93)
  4. Jimmy Feigen (22.02)
  5. Caeleb Dressel (22.04)
  6. Dillon Virva (22.06)
  7. Michael Chadwick (22.11)
  8. William Copeland (22.13) – TIE/SWIMOFF REQUIRED
  9. Josh Schneider (22.13) – TIE/SWIMOFF REQUIRED


Josh Schneider beat William Copeland in the swim-off, moving him into the final. Schneider was a 21.84 which would give him the third overall seed, however because of the swim-off, he goes in as the eighth seed.

Copeland also bettered his time from this morning, going a 22.09

For official results click here.


Top seed: Lilly King (2:24.03)
World record: 2:19.11 – Rikke Moeller-Pedersen (Denmark)
American record: 2:19.59 – Rebecca Soni
U.S Open record: 2:20.38 – Rebecca Soni
U.S Nationals record: 2:20.38 – Rebecca Soni
JR World record: 2:19.64 – Viktoria Gunes (Turkey)
2012 Winning Time: 2:21.13 – Rebecca Soni

Lilly King struck once again, sweeping the breaststroke events here in Omaha in order to secure a second event for her schedule at the Olympic Games. King led the race start to finish, taking it out ahead of everyone else and holding on as she churned to the wall in order to clock in at 2:24.08, slightly slower than she was in semifinals, for the win.

King had to hold off a huge group of charging swimmers including 2012 Olympian Micah Lawrence. Lawrence was out with King for the majority of the race, but was passed by both Molly Hannis of Tennessee and Bethany Galat of Texas A&M on the final stretch.

After King touched, Hannis clocked in for second at 2:24.39 to secure her spot on the Olympic team as Galat had to settle for third, 0.13 seconds out of a spot on the team, with a 2:24.39. 2015 World Championship silver medallist Micah Lawrence finished fourth in 2:24.93.

  1. Lilly King (2:24.08)
  2. Molly Hannis (2:24.39)
  3. Bethany Galat (2:24.52)
  4. Micah Lawrence (2:24.93)
  5. Melanie Margalis (2:26.92)
  6. Emma Schoettmer (2:27.30
  7. Annie Lazor (2:27.48)
  8. Sarah Henry (2:28.12)

For official results click here.


Top seed: Ryan Murphy (1:55.04)
World record: 1:51.92 – Aaron Peirsol
American record: 1:51.92 – Aaron Peirsol
U.S Open record: 1:53.08 – Aaron Peirsol
U.S Nationals record: 1:53.08 – Aaron Peirsol
JR World record: 1:56.79 – Li Guangyuan
2012 Winning Time: 1:54.54 – Ryan Lochte

Just like Lilly King in the breaststroke, Cal’s Ryan Murphy took the sweep in the men’s backstroke events with a 1:53.95 performance that put him in first ahead of his teammate Jacob Pebley and reigning Olympic champion Tyler Clary.

Pebley was out first in 27.04 followed closely by both Ryan Murphy and Sean Lehane. At the halfway mark Murphy had overtaken the lead, turning first in 55.46 with Pebley on his heals and Clary not far behind him.

At the 150 Murphy still had the lead as they continued in the same order with 50-meters to go. Down the stretch, Clary made a charge, but ultimately couldn’t pass Pebley. Murphy got his hand on the wall first in 1:53.95, Pebley was second in 1:54.77, Clary was third in 1:55.33.

That was Clary’s last chance to make the Olympic team, he will not be going to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

  1. Ryan Murphy (1:53.95)
  2. Jacob Pebley (1:54.77)
  3. Tyler Clary (1:55.33)
  4. Sean Lehane (1:56.44)
  5. Austin Katz (1:57.20)
  6. Robert Owen (1:57.48)
  7. Michael Taylor (1:57.86)
  8. Hennessey Stuart (1:58.69)

For official results click here.


Top seed: Missy Franklin (2:09.69)
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

Missy Franklin is through to the next round after putting forth the second overall seed in the 200m backstroke with a win in the second semifinal. Franklin was a 2:08.63 to win her semifinal by over a second.

Amy Bilquist managed to finish behind her in 2:09.68 holding off Elizabeth Beisel. Beisel was a 2:09.81 at the touch. The two take the third and fifth overall seeds respectively.

Taking the first and fourth overall seeds were Maya DiRado and Lisa Bratton in the first semifinal. DiRado won comfortably in 2:08.14, Bratton was second in 2:09.79.

Both Danielle Galyer, Elizabeth Beisel, and Bridgette Alexander were the only other swimmers under 2:10. Erin Voss qualified in eighth with a 2:10.06.


  1. Maya DiRado (2:08.14)
  2. Missy Fanklin (2:08.63)
  3. Amy Bilquist (2:09.68)
  4. Lisa Bratton (2:09.79)
  5. Elizabeth Beisel (2:09.81)
  6. Bridgette Alexander (2:09.83)
  7. Danielle Galyer (2:09.88)
  8. Erin Voss (2:10.06)

For official results click here.


Top seed: Ryan Lochte (1:56.71)
World record: 1:54.00 – Ryan Lochte
American record: 1:54.00 – Ryan Lochte
U.S Open record: 1:54.56 – Ryan Lochte
U.S Nationals record: 1:54.56 – Ryan Lochte
JR World record: 1:59.44 – Joseph Bentz
2012 Winning Time: 1:54.84 – Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte went head-to-head for the last time ever on U.S soil, and the results came up in favor of Phelps.

Phelps took things out in first following the fly leg, turning in 25.05. Andrew Seliskar turned second ahead of Lochte who turned just behind in 25.19.

At the 100-meter mark, Phelps and Lochte had established themselves as the leaders although Phelps’ teammate David Nolan was right in the mix.

At the 150, it was Phelps and Lochte way in front with just 50-meters to go. A big turn for Lochte put him at par with Phelps, but in the final stretch Phelps made sure to edge out in front and take the win in 1:55.91. Lochte was second in 1:56.22.

Nolan touched in for third in 1:59.09.

  1. Michael Phelps (1:55.91)
  2. Ryan Lochte (1:56.22)
  3. David Nolan (1:59.09)
  4. Gunnar Bentz (1:59.36)
  5. Jay Litherland (1:59.91)
  6. Abrahm Devine (2:00.15)
  7. Andrew Seliskar (2:00.27)
  8. Austin Surhoff (2:00.33)

For official results click here.


Top seed: Abbey Weitzeil (53.57)
World record: 52.07 – Britta Steffen (Germany)
American record: 53.02 – Amanda Weir
U.S Open record: 53.30 – Cate Campbell (Australia)
U.S Nationals record: 53.43 – Missy Franklin
JR World record: 53.84 – Shen Duo (China)
2012 Winning Time: 53.96 – Jessica Hardy

Abbey Weitzeil qualified for her first Olympic team with a new U.S Open record in the 100m freestyle en route to a swift 53.28.

Weitzeil managed to hold off Simone Manuel during the last 10-meters who absolutely charged in order to put up a 53.52. American record holder Amanda Weir touched in just behind Manuel in 53.75.

Lia Neal grabbed the fourth relay position with a 53.77 performance. Likely, the United States will take six for the relay, which will then include Allison Schmitt and Dana Vollmer.

Schmitt was a 53.87 and Vollmer also posted a sub 54-second swim with a 53.92 performance.

Katie Ledecky managed to dip under 54-seconds with a swift 53.99. Kelsi Worrell was eighth in 54.06.

  1. Abbey Weitzeil (53.28)
  2. Simone Manuel (53.52)
  3. Amanda Weir (53.75)
  4. Lia Neal (53.77)
  5. Allison Schmitt (53.87)
  6. Dana Vollmer (53.92)
  7. Katie Ledecky (53.99)
  8. Kelsi Worrell (54.06)

For official results click here.


Top seed: Matthew Joa (51.61)
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 first semifinal of the men’s 100m butterfly featured Michael Phelps finishing third with a fairly slow time of 51.83. That time for Phelps ranks him sixth overall heading into tomorrow’s final.

Both Tim Phillips and Tom Shields got their hands on the wall ahead of Phelps. Phillips was a 51.28, Shields was a 51.49. They go into the final seeded second and fourth respectively.

Shields tied for fourth with Jack Conger.


  1. Seth Stubblefield (51.26)
  2. Tim Phillips (51.28)
  3. Tom Shields (51.49) – TIE
  4. Jack Conger (51.49) – TIE
  5. Matthew Josa (51.72)
  6. Michael Phelps (51.83)
  7. Will Glass (52.83)
  8. Giles Smith (52.90)

For official results click here.

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5 years ago


Reply to  Murica
5 years ago

weitzell 1st, Vollmer 2nd

Reply to  Murica
5 years ago

Imma throw out a couple:
-Phelps wins 200 Im, barely squeaks into 100 fly final with an exhilarating finish that has us all on our seats
-Weitziel 53.10, Manuel 2nd 53.42
-Top 8 in 50 under 22, top 3 under 21.5
-Lily King only reason to even watch female (slow) breaststroke in US right now.
-Murphy/ Pebley: both under 1:54. Murphy 1:52 real high
-I hope women’s back is something that NBC decides we don’t get to watch.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Murica
5 years ago

Wowww… great picks!!!

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Murica
5 years ago

200 Back Murphy 1:52.9, Pebley 1:53.9, Clary 1:54.25
200 IM Phelps 1:54.7, Lochte 1:55.1
100 Fly Phelps 51.0, Shields 51.1, Conger 51.4
50 Free Adrian 21.5, Dressel 21.65
200m Breast Lawerence 2:21, King 2:22
100m Free Weitzell 52.8, Vollmer 52.9, Manuel 53.0

Reply to  Justin Thompson
5 years ago

Phelps wil not go faster in the 200 IM then 200 fly.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  SeanSwimmer
5 years ago

What kind of prediction is this?
of course 200 IM is always slower

5 years ago

Upvote if Phelps wins 200 IM
Downvote if Lochte wins 200 IM

Scott Morgan
Reply to  SeanSwimmer
5 years ago

I think moving to MAC has been disastrous for Clary and Lochte. They both look out of shape.

Victor Davis was King
Reply to  Scott Morgan
5 years ago

Totally. MAC’s where endurance swimmers go to die. Good if you prefer the weight room over the pool. 

5 years ago

Upvote if Dana Vollmer makes the team in the individual 100 free
Downvote if she doesn’t.

5 years ago

Lochte dropped the 100 FL in order to compete with Phelps in the 200IM. Does anyone have any status updates on his injury? Hopefully they’re both in top form!

Reply to  EliteSwimmer99
5 years ago

it doesnt matter they both will swim just fast enough to make the team.156 high to 157 low

Reply to  EliteSwimmer99
5 years ago

Lochte said in an interview that he had to pop a couple of Advil so he could focus on swimming instead of the pain, so I’d say it’s a serious injury, but he’s dealing with it the best he can under the circumstances.

5 years ago

Upvote if Ryan Murphy goes faster than 1:53.49 in the 200 back
Downvote if he doesn’t

Reply to  SeanSwimmer
5 years ago

Since a lot of people are voting he goes faster than 1:53.49,
Upvote if he goes faster than 1:52.99
Downvote if he goes faster than 1:53.48 but not faster than 1:52.99
Don’t vote at all if you downvoted the original poll.

Reply to  SeanSwimmer
5 years ago

1:53.49 not 1:53.48

5 years ago

Quick Poll:
Upvote if Clary makes it to Rio
Downvote if he doesn’t

ct swim fan
5 years ago

Can someone give me a link to a live stream for the 50 free semis which are beginning before 8 P.M. There does not seem to be one on NBC Sports.com.

Reply to  ct swim fan
5 years ago

i think we are out of luck

ct swim fan
Reply to  HulkSwim
5 years ago

Unbelievable. USA swimming needs to do something about this.

Reply to  ct swim fan
5 years ago

I was told by a media person in USA Swimming last night that they’ve had “nothing but positive feedback” about the coverage. :-[

Reply to  HulkSwim
5 years ago

hopefully the replay it later in the broadcast. I mean come on its 30 seconds lol

Reply to  ct swim fan
5 years ago

NBC doesn’t start their stream until 8:00. It’s really stupid

Reply to  jdsmitty1
5 years ago

I understand not starting the coverage until 8 but at least start the flipping stream at 7:45 so we can watch the 50 free semi

Reply to  PVSFree
5 years ago

Wait have they cut that out? They didn’t start with it

Reply to  ct swim fan
5 years ago

it’s so ludacris to not have the stream going at 7:45… it’s 2016. it can be done. hulk angry…. ANGRY

Brad Flood
Reply to  HulkSwim
5 years ago

Abso-feaking-lutely RIDICULOUS to not show the semis of Men’s 50 Free!!!!????????????

Years of Plain Suck
5 years ago

Food for thought.

In the 2004 Athens games, male Texas Longhorn swimmers who represented the United States would’ve won an Olympic gold medal in the 4×100 medley relay had they been representing the University of Texas: Piersol, Hansen, Crocker, and Walker.

In the 2016 Rio games, I believe that past and present Cal Bear men would earn at least the bronze medal for Cal in the 4×100 medley relay: Murphy, Prenot, Shields, and Adrian.

Behind: USA (Plummer, Cordes, Phelps, and Dressel), and Australia.

Sound about right?

Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
5 years ago

No. That relay would beat Australia.

Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
5 years ago

Murphy = Larkin

Prenot = Packard

Shields >>> whoever is flying for Aussies

Mcevoy >>> dressel

USA cal team could get 2nd

Reply to  Pvdh
5 years ago

Sorry had a brain fart. Mcevoy > adrian barely. USA would get 2nd

Billy Bumfuk
Reply to  Pvdh
5 years ago

C- For effort…hmmmmm

Reply to  Pvdh
5 years ago

I was like Dressel near Mcevoy? Lol,

Phelps= nobody for Aussies.

Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
5 years ago

The Cal relay would beat the other US men I think. Might actually be Stubblefield on the fly the way he’s swimming!

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