2019-2020 US National Team Qualifying Closes: Projected Roster Here

Throughout the summer, we’ve been tracking the top 6 American swimmers in each Olympic event – those in line to make the 2019-2020 U.S. National Team. Qualifying closed as of Sunday, and although the team isn’t officially selected until early September, we can project the top 6 in each event over the qualifying period.


Here’s a look at how the 2019-2020 U.S. National Team will be selected. You can see the full criteria here.

  • Top 6 athletes in each individual Olympic event
    • as determined by FINA.org’s World Rankings from January 1, 2019 through August 25, 2019
    • Rankings will be pulled from the FINA site on September 3 (giving swimmers a chance to make sure their time is included in the database)
  • Prelims, semifinals and finals (A, B, C and D) from all USA Swimming or FINA sanctioned meets are eligible
  • Relay leadoffs, time trials, swim-offs and intermediate splits are not eligible

Note: we did our best to pull out the top 6 swimmers over the qualifying period while factoring out time trials and relay leadoffs, but it’s possible we missed a swim or two here. If you notice one, please let us know in the comments and we will update accordingly. Just don’t bring up Regan Smith‘s medley relay leadoff or so help me God, I will pull this car over.

Projected National Team

Note that these are the projected members, but the roster is not officially selected until September 3. Time changes in the FINA database or other changes in eligibility could still affect this roster.


50 free
Simone Manuel 24.05
Abbey Weitzeil 24.47
Gretchen Walsh 24.71
Erika Brown 24.71
Maxine Parker 24.75
Margo Geer 24.78
100 free
Simone Manuel 52.04
Mallory Comerford 53.10
Abbey Weitzeil 53.18
Gretchen Walsh 53.74
Margo Geer 54.09
Erika Brown 54.13
200 free
Katie Ledecky 1:55.78
Katie McLaughlin 1:56.48
Allison Schmitt 1:56.97
Simone Manuel 1:57.24
Leah Smith 1:57.40
Gabby DeLoof 1:57.62
400 free
Katie Ledecky 3:59.28
Leah Smith 4:01.29
Kaersten Meitz 4:05.80
Melanie Margalis 4:06.35
Ally McHugh 4:07.08
Haley Anderson 4:07.77
Ashley Twichell 4:07.77
800 free
Katie Ledecky 8:10.70
Leah Smith 8:16.33
Ally McHugh 8:26.04
Erica Sullivan 8:26.13
Sierra Schmidt 8:27.13
Ashley Twichell 8:27.36
1500 free
Katie Ledecky 15:45.59
Ashley Twichell 15:54.19
Erica Sullivan 15:55.25
Ally McHugh 16:05.98
Kensey McMahon 16:09.80
Sierra Schmidt 16:10.12
100 back
Regan Smith 58.45
Olivia Smoliga 58.73
Kathleen Baker 59.03
Katharine Berkoff 59.29
Phoebe Bacon 59.47
Elise Haan 59.62
200 back
Regan Smith 2:03.35
Lisa Bratton 2:07.91
Kathleen Baker 2:08.08
Alex Walsh 2:08.30
Hali Flickinger 2:08.36
Isabelle Stadden 2:08.39
100 breast
Lilly King 1:04.93
Annie Lazor 1:06.03
Breeja Larson 1:06.78
Kaitlyn Dobler 1:06.97
Bethany Galat 1:07.13
Melanie Margalis 1:07.20
200 breast
Annie Lazor 2:20.77
Lilly King 2:21.39
Bethany Galat 2:21.84
Emily Escobedo 2:22.87
Madisyn Cox 2:23.84
Micah Sumrall 2:23.88
100 fly
Kelsi Dahlia 57.06
Katie McLaughlin 57.23
Kendyl Stewart 57.51
Amanda Kendall 57.51
Aly Tetzloff 57.70
Torri Huske 57.71
200 fly
Hali Flickinger 2:05.96
Katie Drabot 2:06.59
Regan Smith 2:07.26
Lillie Nordmann 2:07.43
Dakota Luther 2:07.76
Charlotte Hook 2:07.87
200 IM
Melanie Margalis 2:08.91
Madisyn Cox 2:10.00
Kathleen Baker 2:10.65
Ella Eastin 2:10.72
Alex Walsh 2:11.24
Meghan Small 2:11.36
400 IM
Emma Weyant 4:35.47
Brooke Forde 4:36.06
Ella Eastin 4:37.18
Madisyn Cox 4:37.23
Makayla Sargent 4:37.95
Ally McHugh 4:38.32


50 free
Caeleb Dressel 21.04
Michael Andrew 21.62
Ryan Held 21.87
Nathan Adrian 21.87
Michael Chadwick 21.95
David Curtiss 21.95
100 free
Caeleb Dressel 46.96
Ryan Held 47.39
Maxime Rooney 47.61
Blake Pieroni 47.87
Tate Jackson 47.88
Zach Apple 48.01
200 free
Kieran Smith 1:46.21
Townley Haas 1:46.37
Dean Farris 1:46.45
Luca Urlando 1:46.51
Blake Pieroni 1:46.62
Andrew Seliksar 1:46.74
400 free
Zane Grothe 3:45.78
Jake Mitchell 3:47.95
Bobby Finke 3:48.17
Eric Knowles 3:48.34
Mitch D’Arrigo 3:48.39
Andrew Abruzzo 3:48.41
800 free
Bobby Finke 7:47.58
Zane Grothe 7:50.14
Jordan Wilimovsky 7:53.11
Michael Brinegar 7:54.56
Andrew Abruzzo 7:54.70
Jake Mitchell 7:54.70
1500 free
Bobby Finke 14:51.15
Zane Grothe 14:56.10
Jordan Wilimovsky 14:59.94
Michael Brinegar 15:00.82
Arik Katz 15:05.93
Nick Norman 15:09.29
100 back
Ryan Murphy 52.44
Shaine Casas 52.72
Matt Grevers 52.82
Michael Andrew 53.40
Jacob Pebley 53.40
Justin Ress 53.47
200 back
Ryan Murphy 1:54.12
Austin Katz 1:55.57
Shaine Casas 1:55.79
Jacob Pebley 1:56.35
Clark Beach 1:57.14
Bryce Mefford 1:57.39
100 breast
Andrew Wilson 58.93
Cody Miller 59.24
Ian Finnerty 59.49
Michael Andrew 59.52
Devon Nowicki 59.69
Brandon Fischer 59.86
200 breast
Will Licon 2:07.62
Andrew Wilson 2:07.77
Nic Fink 2:08.16
Josh Prenot 2:08.77
Cody Miller 2:08.98
Josh Matheny 2:09.40
100 fly
Caeleb Dressel 49.50
Maxime Rooney 50.68
Jack Conger 51.21
Andrew Seliskar 51.34
Jack Saunderson 51.36
Tom Shields 51.59
200 fly
Luca Urlando 1:53.84
Zach Harting 1:55.26
Miles Smachlo 1:55.94
Nicolas Albiero 1:56.05
Trenton Julian 1:56.09
Tom Shields 1:56.12
200 IM
Chase Kalisz 1:56.78
Michael Andrew 1:57.49
Abrahm DeVine 1:57.66
Ryan Lochte 1:57.76
Carson Foster 1:58.46
Shaine Casas 1:58.83
400 IM
Jay Litherland 4:09.22
Charlie Swanson 4:11.46
Bobby Finke 4:13.15
Carson Foster 4:13.39
Chase Kalisz 4:13.45
Sean Grieshop 4:13.90

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2 years ago

NC State – 3 current swimmers/ 3 alums. Go Pack!

Reply to  Snarky
2 years ago

One retired and another got faster after leaving Raleigh….

Reply to  Wondering
2 years ago

Thus, the alum status. READ the comment.

Reply to  Snarky
2 years ago

Cal 4 current/10 alums

Sean Justice
2 years ago

Might as well get this out of the way now….
Why is Smith’s 100 Back time not 57…?

Relay leadoffs are not considered in the national team selection.

Asked and answered.

Coach Mike 1952
2 years ago

There is a real “changing of the guard” going on, more & more each passing period. Now let’s see what happens at the US OT next year.

2 years ago

Looking at these times I get a little nervous for the men’s 4 x 200 free relay in Tokyo, but I have faith that Eddie Reese will get the guys training with him to where they need to be for the USA to be as formidable as anyone next summer.

The 5 other US relays look to be about where we thought they’d be at this point a year out. A few question marks, but nothing we weren’t already expecting to have to figure out.

2 years ago


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2 years ago


Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

if you want us who cannot remember the stupid rule from year to year to shut up the write it this way:

Regan Smith 58.45 (her 57.xx swim does not count as it was a relay leadoff)

2 years ago

Pshhhhh… Reagan Smith…. pshhhhh

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2 years ago

Elise Haan retired, so someone else should have the final spot for womens 100 back.

Reply to  MKW
2 years ago

Doesn’t disqualify her from the National Team, though I agree that it should.

Joel Lin
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

I’m surprised there’s no provisional eligibility rule to admit the 7th fastest in an event if someone in the top 6 formally retires. The national team funding for whomever that is moving in could make all the difference to help underwrite training another year in the sport, particularly in an Olympic prep year & even moreso if the one moving in is a post grad paying own bills to train + travel to meets. It’s never “too late” for USA Swimming to implement this. It’s their standards & they could write in a rider to the rule right now. So why don’t they do exactly that? It’s an easy argument that this would be in the best interests of the… Read more »

Reply to  Joel Lin
2 years ago

Here’s the problem: we already have a huge problem in this sport with athletes who are actually retired pretending like they’re not retired to keep collecting checks. So, changing the rules is only going to change one thing: more athletes pretending like they’re not retired when they are. I don’t think changing this rule would actually get Bilquist on the team (or anyone else in this position), so it would just add a layer of bureaucracy to the whole thing about forcing athletes to swim meets and blah blah blah.

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Braden = You have this argument exactly backward and no blah, blah, blah. Hahn is NOT pretending she is actively training to keep collecting checks. Instead, she gave the courtesy to all the others in her event — and to USA Swimming — to formally issue an announcement that she won’t be competing further. There is clearly no new “layer of bureaucracy” in simply deleting one line on a ranking list and letting the next one float into its natural position, sustaining the “top six” concept instead of consciously limiting the USA to 5 swimmers in this highly competitive event. To leave the 6th active athlete AT THE TIME THE LIST WAS ACTUALLY DETERMINED (Hahn’s announcement predated the selection date),… Read more »

Reply to  Dunc1952
2 years ago

You misunderstand what I’m saying. You’re operating under the assumption that athletes would announce their retirement immediately if the rules were different. I’m operating under the assumption that they wouldn’t, and that’s based on what the athletes do in every other situation when they have financial incentive to not announce their retirements right away.

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

There may be some misunderstanding but not on my part. I’m just dealing with the facts of this case. I’m not operating under any assumption. You are operating on an assumption presuming the worst of many financial qualifiers — and you may be correct in that negative attitude in many instances. But it is clearly NOT the case here where Ms. Hahn took specific steps to remove herself from consideration. The fact is that as of the selection cut off date Bilquist was the #6 active American performer within the qualifying period.

Reply to  Dunc1952
2 years ago

But you’re ignoring the rules. I know why you’re doing it – you want to support Bilquist, your hometown swimmer, but if you’re making an exception here then you’re in essence changing the rules. You can’t just “change the rules” for one case after-the-fact – you either change the rules or you follow them, those are kind of the two options.

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

You are correct that I wish a good result for Amy, but you are wrong in concluding my argument required making an exception to the rules just for her. The argument is the same for any instance where one of the top six formally announces retirement before the team is finalized. The next person on the FINA list is then one of “..the six athletes with the highest FINA.org World Rankings in an individual Olympic Event…”

The objective would seem to be to have six athletes per Olympic event on the team. If one is formally retired, that objective is not met unless “next man[woman] up” is recognized. The second step in the GENERAL CRITERIA, below, for team qualification is… Read more »

2 years ago


Time to put in the work bro. #57.95

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