2021 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials: Official SwimSwam Preview Schedule & Index


We’ve waited for long enough – a year longer than we thought we would. And now it’s finally time for the big show of American swimming: the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.

In SwimSwam tradition, we’ll be previewing every single event in detail, plus making our picks for the top 8 finishers (and the Olympic qualifiers) in every event. To make sure you don’t miss a single word of our preview action, we’re keeping track of all event previews in this handy index, along with a schedule for when you can expect each event preview to drop.

You can follow our previews below – clicking on the event name will take you to that event’s full preview. And our chart below will list out all of our projected Olympic qualifiers based on the top 2 in each of our event picks, plus the top 6 in each relay-distance freestyle event.

Bookmark this page and check back everyday to stay on top of all our Olympic Trials coverage!

SwimSwam’s U.S. Olympic Trials Preview Schedule

Week 1 (May 17-23)

  • Men’s 400 IM
  • Men’s 400 free
  • Women’s 400 IM
  • Women’s 100 fly
  • Men’s 100 breast
  • Women’s 400 free
  • Men’s 200 free
  • Women’s 100 back
  • Men’s 100 back
  • Women’s 100 breast

Week 2 (May 24-30)

  • Women’s 200 free
  • Men’s 200 fly
  • Women’s 200 IM
  • Women’s 1500 free
  • Men’s 800 free
  • Men’s 200 breast
  • Women’s 200 fly
  • Men’s 100 free
  • Women’s 200 breast
  • Men’s 200 back
  • Men’s 200 IM
  • Women’s 100 free

Week 3 (May 31 – June 3)

  • Men’s 100 fly
  • Women’s 200 back
  • Women’s 800 free
  • Men’s 50 free
  • Women’s 50 free
  • Men’s 1500 free

SwimSwam’s U.S. Olympic Trials Preview Index

Women’s Events

1st Pick 2nd Pick 3rd Pick (Relay) 4th Pick (Relay) 5th Pick (Prelims Relay) 6th Pick (Prelims Relay)
50 free Simone Manuel Claire Curzan
100 free Simone Manuel Torri Huske Abbey Weitzeil Claire Curzan Erika Brown Gretchen Walsh
200 free Katie Ledecky Allison Schmitt Simone Manuel Leah Smith Katie McLaughlin Melanie Margalis
400 free Katie Ledecky Leah Smith
800 free Katie Ledecky Leah Smith
1500 free Katie Ledecky Erica Sullivan
100 back Regan Smith Olivia Smoliga
200 back Regan Smith Phoebe Bacon
100 breast Lilly King Annie Lazor
200 breast Annie Lazor Emily Escobedo
100 fly Torri Huske Claire Curzan
200 fly Hali Flickinger Regan Smith
200 IM Madisyn Cox Kathleen Baker
400 IM Melanie Margalis  Ally McHugh

Men’s Events

1st Pick 2nd Pick 3rd Pick (Relay) 4th Pick (Relay) 5th Pick (Prelims Relay) 6th Pick (Prelims Relay)
50 free Caeleb Dressel Michael Andrew
100 free Caeleb Dressel Ryan Held Zach Apple Blake Pieroni Nathan Adrian Dean Farris
200 free Townley Haas Kieran Smith Andrew Seliskar Caeleb Dressel Blake Pieroni Jake Magahey
400 free Zane Grothe Kieran Smith
800 free Bobby Finke Zane Grothe
1500 free Bobby Finke Jordan Wilimovsky
100 back Ryan Murphy Shaine Casas
200 back Ryan Murphy Shaine Casas
100 breast Michael Andrew Nic Fink
200 breast Will Licon Nic Fink
100 fly Caeleb Dressel Maxime Rooney
200 fly Luca Urlando Zach Harting
200 IM Chase Kalisz Michael Andrew
400 IM Jay Litherland Chase Kalisz

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1 year ago

way to go Smogs!!!!!!!!

Krishnasai Chalasani
1 year ago

For the 400 IM, I think Chase Kalisz will place 1st followed by Carson Foster

Robyn Hodge
1 year ago

Go Navy Swimmers!

1 year ago

SS’s picks for the women look good. With Baker’s foot injury, Walsh might grab the 2nd spot in the 2IM.

For the men:
2nd spot in the 1BR goes to Wilson (50%) McHugh (40%) or Miller (10%)
2BR is a hot mess. I guess those picks area as good as any.
I suspect Urlando’s shoulder is worse than advertised. If the makes the team, it is in the #2 slot, but I don’t think he makes it.
I hope the 100FL goes as SS predicts, and I hope Michael Andrew does NOT swim it. Yes, he has a fast 100 fly. Yes, he has a legitimate chance to place top 2, but the chance, while legit,… Read more »

Joris Bohnson
1 year ago

I’d put Seli ahead of Smith in the 200 free

Jaque Fourie
1 year ago

Thoughts on Women’s 4×100 Free?
Who will the 4 be for the US?
Australia, Canada and Great Britain all have good lineups.

Angry Old Swimmer
1 year ago

This has been exceedingly difficult to watch. So disappointing.

Angry Old Swimmer
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1 year ago

Difficult to stream. Olympic channel sucks. Swimmers are great! Just to clarify.

1 year ago

Do you have an insight the rest of us are missing in the Huske/Curzan matchups. You folks pick Huske ahead of Claire in both 100s, though my recollection is that in head to heads, Curzan came out on top, at least in the fly.

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