2020 US Olympic Swimming Trials Will Follow Olympic Order for New Events

The schedule for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials will follow the recently-confirmed schedule for the 2020 Olympic Games event-for-event, USA Swimming confirmed on Monday, with 2 notable exceptions:

  1. There are no relays at the Olympic Trials in Omaha (eliminating a lot of doubles and triples that swimmers might face in Tokyo), and
  2. In Omaha at the Olympic Trials, prelims will be at 10AM and finals will be at 6:45PM: basically a reverse of the schedule for the Olympics.

This means that the newly-inserted men’s 800 free and women’s 1500 free, which along with the mixed medley relay will be added to the 2020 Olympic schedule for the first time, will go in the same place in the Olympic Trials schedule as they will in the Olympic schedule: days 5 and 4, respectively.

USA Swimming had previously confirmed that they won’t use morning finals at the 2020 Olympic Trials, just as they didn’t before the 2008 Olympic Games that also saw morning finals. The Olympic Trials themselves are becoming a bigger-and-bigger television draw, and as such maintaining prime-time finals has become even more important.

2020 US Olympic Trials Schedule

Preliminaries Semifinals & Finals
Sunday, June 21 Sunday, June 21
Men’s 400 Individual Medley Men’s 400 Individual Medley – FINAL
Women’s 100 Butterfly Women’s 100 Butterfly – Semifinal
Men’s 400 Freestyle Men’s 400 Freestyle – FINAL
Women’s 400 Individual Medley Women’s 400 Individual Medley – FINAL
Men’s 100 Breaststroke Men’s 100 Breaststroke – Semifinal
Monday, June 22 Monday, June 22
Women’s 100 Backstroke Women’s 100 Butterfly – FINAL
Men’s 200 Freestyle Men’s 200 Freestyle – Semifinal
Women’s 100 Breaststroke Women’s 100 Breaststroke – Semifinal
Men’s 100 Backstroke Men’s 100 Breaststroke – FINAL
Women’s 400 Freestyle Women’s 400 Freestyle – FINAL
Men’s 100 Backstroke – Semifinal
Women’s 100 Backstroke – Semifinal
Tuesday, June 23 Tuesday, June 23
Women’s 200 Freestyle Women’s 200 Freestyle – Semifinal
Men’s 200 Butterfly Men’s 200 Freestyle – FINAL
Women’s 200 Individual Medley Women’s 100 Backstroke – FINAL
Women’s 1500 Freestyle Men’s 100 Backstroke – FINAL
Women’s 100 Breaststroke – FINAL
Men’s 200 Butterfly – Semifinal
Women’s 200 Individual Medley – Semifinal
Wednesday, June 24 Wednesday, June 24
Men’s 100 Freestyle Men’s 100 Freestyle – Semifinal
Women’s 200 Butterfly Women’s 200 Freestyle – FINAL
Men’s 200 Breaststroke Men’s 200 Butterfly – FINAL
Men’s 800 Freestyle Women’s 200 Butterfly – Semifinal
Men’s 200 Breaststroke – Semifinal
Women’s 200 Individual Medley – FINAL
Women’s 1500 Freestyle – FINAL
Thursday, June 25 Thursday, June 25
Women’s 100 Freestyle Men’s 800 Freestyle – FINAL
Men’s 200 Backstroke Men’s 200 Breaststroke – FINAL
Women’s 200 Breaststroke Women’s 100 Freestyle – Semifinal
Men’s 200 Individual Medley Men’s 200 Backstroke – Semifinal
Women’s 200 Butterfly – FINAL
Men’s 100 Freestyle – FINAL
Women’s 200 Breaststroke – Semifinal
Men’s 200 Individual Medley – Semifinal
Friday, June 26 Friday, June 26
Women’s 800 Freestyle Women’s 200 Breaststroke – FINAL
Men’s 100 Butterfly Men’s 200 Backstroke – FINAL
Women’s 200 Backstroke Women’s 200 Backstroke – Semifinal
Men’s 200 Individual Medley – FINAL
Women’s 100 Freestyle – FINAL
Men’s 100 Butterfly – Semifinal
Saturday, June 27 Saturday, June 27
Men’s 50 Freestyle Men’s 100 Butterfly – FINAL
Women’s 50 Freestyle Women’s 200 Backstroke – FINAL
Men’s 1500 Freestyle Women’s 800 Freestyle – FINAL
Men’s 50 Freestyle – Semifinal
Women’s 50 Freestyle – Semifinal
Sunday, June 28 Sunday, June 28
No Preliminaries Men’s 50 Freestyle – FINAL
Women’s 50 Freestyle – FINAL
Men’s 1500 Freestyle – FINAL


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2020 let’s go
1 year ago

When do tickets come out

Jim Martin
1 year ago

I would like to see the EXACT same schedule. A night’s sleep between trials and finals is different than a nap.

Reply to  Jim Martin
1 year ago

I want to actually watch it live when I’m not at work.

Reply to  Xman
1 year ago

USA TV (NBC ?) means that in Australia we will have to watch the Olympic finals while we are at work somehow , which should not be the case , when we are in a similar time zone toTokyo.

1 year ago

Looks like dressel will have no problem adding the 200 free! He’s got a low 1:46 in him at the very least. lets see Seli, Apple, Haas, Blake, farris, lochte(if he swims and doesn’t only focus on the IM), grothe, conger, is dwyer retired? Dressel might have a top 6 in there.

Reply to  Ragnar
1 year ago

Question is if he even wants it – Having a chance to match Phelps is attractive, but Dressel’s races are probably going to be a lot closer than most of Phelps’s ‘08 races were. An extra day of rest may make quite a difference

Ward Huijskes
Reply to  Tupperware
1 year ago

How would he match phelps? He could only match Spitz I think, assuming he doesn’t doe the 200m free individually. Don’t have any illusions about Dressel needing rest. His ruthless performances at the 2019 worlds and the ISL meets has cleared any illusion that he is a mortal man. That 21.06/49.66/47.33 tripple was so fucking ridiculous. To be Fair, It think Dressel needs to swim faster than a 1:46 low to make top 4, especially because I don’t think he will swim preliminaries at olympics. I think that 4* swimmers (other than Dressel) will go 1:45s at trials . So Dressel will need a 1:45.5 or better to swim the 4×200. He might just put up two fast swims in… Read more »

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