The dates for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials were approved in a meeting off the Board of Directors on Tuesday. The event will be hosted in Omaha, Nebraska from June 21-28, 2020. That means that, even with the inclusion of 2 new events (the women’s 1500 and men’s 800; the mixed medley isn’t held at the Olympic Trials), USA Swimming will keep the trials meet at 8 days.
That means at least a 3-day overlap in the city with the NCAA’s Division I baseball College World Series, which runs from June 12th through June 23rd or 24th (depending on how the bracket plays out). In 2016, the championship game was rain-delayed, and ticket-holders to the swimming trials received free admission to watch the game.
The pool swimming events at the 2020 Olympic Games will run from July 25th through August 2nd in Tokyo. That means a 27-day gap from the end of the American trial to the start of competition at the Olympics. That’s shorter than the gap between events in 2016, but about the same as the gap between events in 2012.
2008-2020 Trials vs. Olympics
|Year||Trials End Date||Olympics Start Date (Swimming)||Gap||Trials Host||Olympics Host||Distance Between Hosts||Time Zones Between Hosts|
|2020||June 28th||July 25th||27 days||Omaha||Tokyo||6060 miles||14 hours|
|2016||July 3rd||August 6th||34 days||Omaha||Rio||5573 miles||2 hours|
|2012||July 2nd||July 28th||26 days||Omaha||London||4269 miles||6 hours|
|2008||July 6th||August 9th||34 days||Omaha||Beijing||6,472.73 miles||13 hours|
2020 will be the 4th-straight occasion where the event is hosted at the 18,000-seat CHI Health Center in Omaha. Omaha was announced as host in May of 2017. Time standards for the 2020 Olympic Trials will be announced via a live webcast this Thursday – after the summer’s championship meets, which is later than they’ve traditionally been released.