2016 U.S. Olympic Trials: Official SwimSwam Preview Schedule

2016 U.S. Olympic Trials

  • Sunday, June 26 – Sunday, July 3, 2016
  • CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Event Schedule

For American swimming, the drama of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games begins in June, with the U.S. Olympic Trials kicking off in Omaha, Nebraska.

To get you ready to follow all of the action, we here at SwimSwam will be profiling all 26 races individually, complete with winner picks and time predictions.

You can follow along with all the preview action with the schedule below, which roughly maps out the schedule we’ll be sticking to for the next six weeks. The schedule, of course, is somewhat fluid as news breaks about who is swimming what, and the final few national-level meets give last-minute glimpses at where each athlete is at.

We’ll be linking this schedule out to each preview story as it is posted, as we’ve done for the women’s 100 fly. Bookmark this page to follow each preview as it drops, and weigh in with your own predictions in our comments section.

Olympic Trials Preview Schedule

Note: Exact dates are subject to change.

Week 1 (5/15-21)

Week 2 (5/22-28)

Week 3 (5/29-6/4)

Week 4 (6/5-11)

Week 5 (6/12-18)

Week 6 (6/19-25)

SwimSwam’s U.S. Olympic Team Picks


Event 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
50 Free  Nathan Adrian  Caeleb Dressel
100 Free Nathan Adrian Caeleb Dressel Michael Phelps Jack Conger Maxime Rooney Jimmy Feigen
200 Free Ryan Lochte Conor Dwyer Maxime Rooney Townley Haas Jack Conger Zane Grothe
400 Free Townley Haas Connor Jaeger
1500 Free Connor Jaeger Jordan Wilimovsky
100 Back Ryan Murphy Matt Grevers
200 Back Ryan Murphy Jacob Pebley
100 Breast Cody Miller Nic Fink
200 Breast Kevin Cordes Josh Prenot
100 Fly Michael Phelps Tom Shields
200 Fly Michael Phelps Jack Conger
200 IM Michael Phelps Ryan Lochte
400 IM Ryan Lochte Josh Prenot


Event 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
50 Free Abbey Weitzeil Simone Manuel
100 Free Simone Manuel Dana Vollmer Abbey Weitzeil Missy Franklin Katie Ledecky Margo Geer
200 Free Katie Ledecky Missy Frankin Allison Schmitt Leah Smith Melanie Margalis Simone Manuel
400 Free Katie Ledecky  Leah Smith
800 Free Katie Ledecky Leah Smith
100 Back Missy Franklin Kathleen Baker
200 Back Missy Franklin Maya DiRado
100 Breast Lilly King Molly Hannis
200 Breast Micah Lawrence Katie Meili
100 Fly Dana Vollmer Kelsi Worrell
200 Fly Cammile Adams  Cassidy Bayer
200 IM Caitlin Leverenz  Maya DiRado
400 IM Elizabeth Beisel Maya DiRado

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Thank you for this! You guys do great work!

bobo gigi

My updated US olympic team predictions A nightmare in a few events. Lochte’s intentions? Missy’s intentions (she should not swim the 200 free AND the 100 back)? Missy’s shape? Katie McLaughlin’s form? MEN 50 free. Nathan Adrian/Caeleb Dressel But it bothers me to not pick Anthony Ervin! 🙂 100 free. Nathan Adrian/Caeleb Dressel plus Michael Phelps/Ryan Lochte/Maxime Rooney/Jack Conger (he will probably not swim the 100 free in Omaha with the semifinals just before the 200 fly final but US coaches should look at him for a relay spot. He’s always great in relays) for the relay. 200 free. Ryan Lochte (does he want to swim it in Rio?)/Conor Dwyer plus Michael Phelps/Townley Haas/Maxime Rooney/Zane Grothe for the relay. 400… Read more »


This is way off the wall, but. I would love it if Missy would swim 200 IM internationally, it is pretty open. She would just have to work on her breaststroke.


Open??? Clearly Hosszu is not known in your neighborhood


Talking about in the US

Attila the Hunt

Grammatically, your sentence means that internationally 200 IM is pretty open.


Slightly better than …200 IM, it is pretty open internationally.


Okay grammar nazi.. It should be obvious that it isn’t internationally with Hosszu…

masters swimmer

Bobo, Excellent predictions. I always pay close attention to your comments. Question: So you do not predict Ryan Lochte will attempt the 400IM? It just seems that with the stacked competition, he would almost need to do this event to increase his chances for success in addition to the 200IM. Also, it would seem difficult to pass this event since he is the defending Olympic champion. On the other hand, this event certainly humbled a younger MP in London who was also the defending Olympic champion. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on it. Definitely agree with your Chase Kalisz prediction on this event. Thanks again for all your insightful posts.


I consider Olympic Champion 1 Gold medal in the event. Defending Olympic Champion to winning that evens for two olympics or more in a row. I think Ryan should swim it.


You gave up on Alex Walsh I see. Maybe that is because Minna Atherton did not make Aussie team


I wonder how many medals the Men’s free team in the individual events will win 0 2 4 6 8??? Love to hear your thought.

masters swimmer


I also like your prediction of Tom Shields making the 100 fly and Natalie Coughlin qualifying for the 100 back. It would be awesome to see them make the team.


Clark Smith. Pretty bold pick after NCAAs. He has the talent.

phelps swims 200 breast rio

If Phelps is dialed in for speed in the 100 fly(and I think he will be), I think this will carry over to his 100 free. He could post a really impressive 100 fr.

JJ swimswam

Neal in women’s 100 free? She posed a solid 54.01 in season.


I would love for you to explain the Clark Smith pick in the 400. I have been pulling hard for the guy since last years 500 win at NCAAs but I am very nervous about that pick now, I haven’t seen him swim long course in a while or put up the impressive numbers we were seeing 5-6 months ago. Why would you pick him and what time do you think it will take?

Captain Ahab

You only have Ryan Lochte making the 200 IM? You must be on drugs.


Reece is making the team in 1Breast

Tom from Chicago

Whitley has a chance in the 200, not the 100. Maybe Andrews has a chance in the 100 for the younger swimmers.


For 100 i say cordes and wilson but andrew has a better shot than whitley

Captain Ahab

I agree

Swim Ming

Bold move picking Miller to not DQ


Cassidy Bayer for the 200 fly? She is very talented but I do not think she will make the team in that event.


Breeja Larsson will qualify in one breaststroke.


The breaststrokes have gotten very crowded (Lilly King, Katie Meili, Jessica Hardy, Molly Hannis, Micah Lawrence, Laura Sogar, and Annie Lazor). Even though Breeja is very talented and experienced, it’s hard for me to pick her for a spot.


Agree on Missy comment. She is not the teen phenom of 2012 and she cannot recover in 20 mins anymore. If she does not swim well in early events, 2back will be in serious jeapardy from pychological perspective.


Abby W is great–she will make the team but she hasn’t won anything of significance on the big stage to warrant being favored to win 50/100 (especially long course)


Hey BOBO Tyler Clary cannot make the team….instead Jacob Pebley will be in 200m back….Lochte will try in 400m IM bet it……Ledecky will enter 100m freestyle instead of Manuel….


I think David Nolan might sneak in on the 100 free for sixth fastest. I was a timer at the 2016 NCAAs – there are some fast boys in the breast and fly events.


With the way she is swimming, I think Allison Schmidt will beat out Missy for the individual spot


Swimswam, please go ahead and use black sharpie for womens 400/800 free. Tick that one off the list now.


And 200free


Schmitt can swim the 200free faster than Ledecky but I don’t think she’ll be that as fast as 2012.


200 free will the first in the unforgettable individual events for women in Rio.


Ok uea but ledecjy is definitely going to be at least on the relay

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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