2016 US Olympic Trials: Day One Finals Live Recap


The tension of the anticipation of finding out the first names of swimmers who will represent the United States in the pool in Rio will be relieved on Sunday night. The first six members of the U.S Olympic team will be announced tonight following the finals of the men’s 400m IM, the women’s 400m IM, and the men’s 400m freestyle.

Ryan Lochte and Chase Kalisz are in a great spot to be the first to swimmers on the Olympic roster after finishing first and second overall during the heats in the 400m IM this morning.

Zane Grothe is looking to push his way past both Connor Jaeger and Conor Dwyer in the 400 freestyle to make his first Olympic team. This morning he took the top seed in prelims ahead of the two swimmers.

Much like Grothe, Sarah Henry is looking to take down national team members Elizabeth Beisel and Maya DiRado in the 400m IM en route to her first Olympic roster berth.

While the focus of the action will be centered around the finals, there’s plenty of semifinal action as well featuring Kelsi Worrell and Dana Vollmer in the 100m butterfly as well as Kevin Cordes and Cody Miller in the 100m breaststroke.

To see a full recap of what happened during this morning’s prelims, click here.

MEN’S 400m IM

Top seed: Chase Kalisz (4:11.86)
World record: 4:03.84 – Michael Phelps
American record: 4:03.84 – Michael Phelps
U.S Open record: 4:05.25 – Michael Phelps
U.S Nationals record: 4:05.25 – Michael Phelps
JR World record: 4:14.07 – Brandonn Almeida (Brazil)  4:14.00 – Sean Grieshop
2012 Winning Time: 4:07.06 – Ryan Lochte

Dethroned. For the first time since the 2000 Olympic Games, the 400m IM will not feature Ryan Lochte or Michael Phelps.

Chase Kalisz claimed the 400m IM crown with a wicked breaststroke leg to push past 2012 Olympic champion Ryan Lochte before holding on for the freestyle and touching in to be the first swimmer on the U.S Olympic team.

It was all Lochte after the fly, leading with a 55.39 split. After the backstroke leg Lochte had opened up his lead significantly. Kalisz pushed past him on the breaststroke leg, and to everybody in the crowd it appeared that the race was between Lochte and Kalisz.

Kalisz turned in 3:10.07, Lochte turned in 3:11.46, and nobody paid attention to a charging Jay Litherland who turned over two seconds behind Lochte in 3:13.64.

Fifty-meters of freestyle to go and Kalisz was still in the lead, Lochte was still in second. With all eyes still on those two, Litherland’s 28.82 freestyle split went largely unnoticed.

Coming home Lochte began to fade, Litherland began to accelerate, and with 25-meters to go Litherland passed Lochte. Kalisz touched in 4:09.54, Litherland touched in at 4:11.02 to deny multi-time Olympic medallist Lochte a spot on the 2016 Olympic team.

Lochte was third in 4:12.02.

Gunnar Bentz finished fourth in 4:13.72 making him the third Georgia swimmer in the top four.

  1. Chase Kalisz (4:09.54)
  2. Jay Litherland (4:11.02)
  3. Ryan Lochte (4:12.02)
  4. Gunnar Bentz (4:13.72)
  5. Sean Grieshop (4:14.08)
  6. Abrahm DeVine (4:14.98)
  7. Charlie Swanson (4:21.62)
  8. Austin Snyder (4:22.81)

For official results click here.


Top seed: Kelsi Worrell (56.84)
World record: 55.64 – Sarah Sjostrom (Sweden)
American record: 55.98 – Dana Vollmer
U.S Open record: 56.38 – Sarah Sjostrom (Sweden)
U.S Nationals record: 56.42 – Dana Vollmer
JR World record: 56.99 – Penny Oleksiak (Canada)
2012 Winning Time: 56.50 – Dana Vollmer

The much anticipated Kelsi WorrellDana Vollmer showdown might be closer than anticipated. In prelims, it was all Worrell with a 56.84, however Vollmer dominated the semifinals with a 56.90 performance.

That time gives Vollmer the top seed heading into tomorrow night’s final where she’ll be right beside Worrell. The final will feature their first time racing in the same heat at this meet.

Worrell won the second semifinal with a 57.12 time, slightly slower than what she was this morning but still good enough to get her a middle lane for finals.

All remaining finalists behind Vollmer and Worrell were in the 58-second range, far behind the two leaders.


  1. Dana Vollmer (56.90)
  2. Kelsi Worrell (57.12)
  3. Sarah Gibson (58.02)
  4. Cassidy Bayer (58.11)
  5. Kendyl Stewart (58.33)
  6. Hellen Moffitt (58.46)
  7. Claire Donahue (58.76)
  8. Hali Flickinger (58.81)

For official results, click here.


Top seed: Zane Grothe (3:47.03)
World record: 3:40.07 – Paul Biedermann (Germany)
American record: 3:42.78 – Larsen Jensen
U.S Open record: 3:43.53 – Larsen Jensen
U.S Nationals record: 3:43.53 – Larsen Jensen
JR World record: 3:44.60 – Mack Horton (Australia)
2012 Winning Time: 3:47.67 – Peter Vanderkaay

Clark Smith was out like a rocket right from the get-go in this race with only one plan in mind: to hold on. Up until the 300-meter mark he looked amazing, ahead of world record pace and fighting to keep his position as they approached the wall.

Dwyer made his move and turned first at the 300 with Smith holding on to second and Connor Jaeger advancing to third.

Top seed from prelims Zane Grothe turned in fifth behind Townley Haas as they all turned on the jets for the last 100.

At 350 it was Dwyer-Jaeger with Smith fading to third. With a 28.05 last 50, Jaeger pulled out ahead of Dwyer to clock in at 3:43.79 ahead of Dwyer’s 3:44.66.

Haas improved his placing to touch in for third in 3:45.04 with Grothe behind him in 3:45.60. Clark Smith faded hard on the final 50 and was forced to settle for fifth in 3:45.74.

  1. Connor Jaeger 3:43.79
  2. Conor Dwyer 3:44.66
  3. Townley Haas 3:45.04
  4. Zane Grothe 3:45.60
  5. Clark smith 3:45.74
  6. True Sweetser 3:50.71
  7. Grant Shoults 3:51.25
  8. Michael McBroom 3:52.60

For official results click here.


Top seed: Sarah Henry (4:36.93)
World record: 4:28.42 – Ye Shiwen (China)
American record: 4:31.12 – Katie Hoff
U.S Open record: 4:31.07 – Katinka Hosszu (Hungary)
U.S Nationals record: 4:31.12 – Katie Hoff
JR World record: 4:39.01 – Rosie Rudin (Britain)
2012 Winning Time: 4:31.74 – Elizabeth Beisel

Maya DiRado of Stanford punched in her ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games with a very strong 4:33.73 performance in the 400m IM final which ranks her fifth in the world this season.

Behind DiRado was Elizabeth Beisel in 4:36.81. Beisel played catch-up the entire race and although she was able to get ahead of early leaders like Bethany Galat, she wasn’t able to push past DiRado at any point in the race.

Beisel’s 4:33.55 performance from early May however still ranks her as the fastest American this season ahead of DiRado’s swim from tonight.

While Galat led at the 100, she faded to the middle of the pack during the backstroke and breaststroke legs before moving up to third on the freestyle and staying there through to the wall. Galat was a 4:37.69 to finish less than a second behind Beisel for third.

Sarah Henry, who posted the fastest time this morning, was a 4:42.01 to finish sixth. Her 4:36.93 from prelims would have placed her third overall in tonight’s final.

  1. Maya DiRado (4:33.73)
  2. Elizabeth Beisel (4:36.81)
  3. Bethany Galat (4:37.69)
  4. Madisyn Cox (4:38.85)
  5. Caitlin Leverenz (4:39.58)
  6. Sarah Henry (4:42.01)
  7. Lindsey Clary (4:42.81)
  8. Kate Mills (4:46.58)

For official results click here.


2016 Top seed: Kevin Cordes (59.05)
World record: 57.92 – Adam Peaty (Britain)
American record: 58.96 – Eric Shanteau
U.S Open record: 59.01 – Mark Gangloff
U.S Nationals record: 59.01 – Mark Gangloff
JR World record: 1:00.12 – Anton Chupkov (Russia)
2012 Winning Time: 59.68 – Brendan Hansen

In the first semifinal of the men’s 100m breaststroke Cody Miller packed a punch, moving way out in front of the field with a time of 59.09. His closest competitor was Andrew Wilson who touched the wall in 59.87 for second.

The real speed came in the second semifinal as four swimmers went under one-minute to secure their spot in tomorrow’s final.

Kevin Cordes came back with an unreal last 50 to break Eric Shanteau’s American record as well as Mark Gangloff’s U.S Open and U.S Nationals record.

Cordes’ time of 58.94 not only breaks the record, but moves him to second in the world this year only behind world record holder Adam Peaty.

Josh Prenot was second behind Cordes in 59.60 followed by Michael Andrew in 59.85 and Nic Fink in 59.88.


  1. Kevin Cordes (58.94) American record
  2. Cody Miller (59.09)
  3. Josh Prenot (59.60)
  4. Michael Andrew (59.85)
  5. Andrew Wilson (59.87)
  6. Nic Fink (59.88)
  7. Marcus Titus (1:00.19)
  8. Will Licon (1:00.30)

For official results click here.


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4 years ago

the junior world records for 100 breast and 400 im are messed up

4 years ago

How do we watch it live from Canada? On a computer

Reply to  Teddy
4 years ago

Download Browsec on your browser.

Reply to  Savior
4 years ago

I watched prelims like this, but now it’s asking me to authenticate….

Reply to  Teddy
4 years ago

That’s because nbc will only let you watch the first day before they want you to authenticate with your cable provider. If you don’t have cable they won’t let you watch. Stinks.

Reply to  Stan Smith
4 years ago

Anyone have any other links? Streamgaroo isn’t working and NBC Sports is making me authenticate

Reply to  SwimK
4 years ago

i think its ended… gone to gymnastics now?

4 years ago

I’m hoping Jay Litherland makes the team

Reply to  SeanSwimmer
4 years ago

he has a chance but he has to hope that he goes under 4.10 and the “old man” lochte is tired from this morning or he has a much better finish than kalisz

Reply to  tm71
4 years ago

Lochte said in his post race interview that his first swim is always his slowest swim and he knows what he needs to improve from this morning. As much as I want Litherland to make the team, I think Kalisz and Lochte are going to be too fast for him

Reply to  PVSFree
4 years ago

i think that kalisz and lochte will easily swim under 410 the same way beisel and dirado will swim under 432.

Reply to  tm71
4 years ago

Well old man Lochte is faster than litherland has ever been. In 2012 Trials Prelims, Lochte went 4:10.66 before dropping a 4:07.06 at night.

Kalisz 4:07.7
Lochte 4:08.5
Litherland 4:10.0

Reply to  thezwimmer
4 years ago

unfortunately the old man showed his age in this one

Reply to  tm71
4 years ago

And those predictions were truly off. 4:11.0 made the team, Lochte at 4:12.0

Danny Boy
Reply to  tm71
4 years ago

Big upset ):

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