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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john white
7 years ago

show the kids how its done m.p.

Pau Hana
7 years ago

Your 400 IM link takes us to the old 400 free preview.

7 years ago

No mention of NCAA champ Licon in the 200 Breast? Longhorn in taper meet shows him really fast…

Reply to  Back2Back
7 years ago

Hi Back2Back, the picks listed here are specifically the picks to make the Olympic Team. Licon’s chances are discussed in the full event preview here: https://swimswam.com/olympic-trials-preview-cordes-leads-tight-field-in-mens-200-breast/

7 years ago

6 days, 5 events left to preview, not to mention the pick-em contest, you guys better get on it or your previews are going to come out after the event has already swum.

7 years ago

Bold pick townley haas in the 400

7 years ago


Any change in mind with the Ladies 100 meter back with Smoliga and Stevens dropping in at 59.41 and 59.67. I was very surprised by their time since I am sure they did not taper for this weekend in Indianapolis.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  living4work
7 years ago

I certainly would not count Ms. Smoliga out.

7 years ago

Phelps predictions. For Trials

100 free prelims: 47.9 for 3rd or the 4th for the relay.

200 fly: 1:52.1
200 im: 1:54.31 ( he could break the wr, but I hope he saves those for Rio )
200 free prelims: 1:45.4 (I’m not sure if he’d go all out or hold back). Maybe a 1:44.3


Relay leadoff: 47.2 Gold

200 fly: 1:50.9-65 Gold
4×200 free leadoff: 1:44.2 Gold
If he does the anchor : 1:43.7
200 IM: 153.5 Gold
100 Fly: 49.79 Gold
100 fly split: 49.6 Gold

😀 if you have doubts: Watch his Under Armour Commercial

Reply to  SwimmerFoxJet
7 years ago

No way he goes a 47.2 100fr and only a 1:44 in the 200.
I’m not saying that he’ll go slower in the 100 free but he won’t be any slower than 1:43 high in the 200 if he goes a 47 low in the sprint.

Reply to  PACFAN
7 years ago

Glad to see you optimistic! That comment was really on a standard, I definitely think he can go under 47.0 actually. 200 free in the relay is tricky, more like a mediocre time. But the relay is right after the 200 fly, and the first relay is his first race. He has focused more on 100 and 200 fly than the free. I see 1:43.3 leadoff at best. But it tricky.

7 years ago

What do people think about Michael Chadwick making the 400 free relay?

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