2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Wave I: Day 4 Finals Live Recap


It’s the final day of Wave I U.S. Olympic Trials, with the final few transfer spots to next week’s Wave II meet up for grabs.

Keep refreshing this page for live, event-by-event updates of all the action from Omaha.


  • World Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 2:06.12 (2015)
  • American Record: Ariana Kukors – 2:06.15 (2009)
  • US Open Record: Kathleen Baker (USA) – 2:08.32 (2018)
  • World Junior Record: Yu Yiting (CHN) – 2:09.64 (2021)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 2:06.58
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Maya DiRado – 2:09.54
  • Wave I Cut: 2:17.39
  • Wave II Cut: 2:15.26


  1. Kate McCarville (SPA) – 2:15.09
  2. Ella Bathurst (TEAM) – 2:15.64
  3. Malia Rausch (ASC) – 2:16.42

In the first and only 9-person A final of the meet, SPA’s Kate McCarville battled home on freestyle to overtake Ella Bathurst, roaring to a new lifetime best and her 2nd Wave II advancement. McCarville touched behind Ella Bathurst at the 150 mark, but a stellar 31.36 on the final 50 led McCarville to burst into the lead as she approached the finish.

Incredibly, Ella Bathurst made her move against McCarville on breaststroke, which was a weak stroke for her in prelims. Bathurst led the field on backstroke, splitting a 33.35, which was the only 33 in the field.

Malia Rausch of ASC nearly pulled off an unthinkable chase-down in this race, throwing down a jaw-dropping 30.39 on the freestyle split. To give you an idea of just how fast that free split is for a women’s 200 IM, Rausch’s 30.39 would’ve been the 2nd fastest split in the women’s 200 IM final at the 2019 World Championships, behind only China’s Ye Shiwen (30.28). Rausch won the 200 free earlier in the meet.

After the drama of getting DQ’d then reinstated into the A final Tennessee’s Trude Rothrock posted a 2:16.73 for 4th tonight, swimming out of lane 0.



  • World Record: Ryan Lochte (USA) – 1:54.00 (2011)
  • American Record: Ryan Lochte – 1:54.00 (2011)
  • US Open Record: Ryan Lochte (USA) – 1:54.56 (2009)
  • World Junior Record: Hubert Kos (HUN) – 1:56.99 (2021)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Michael Phelps (USA) – 1:54.66
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Michael Phelps – 1:55.91
  • Wave I Cut: 2:04.09
  • Wave II Cut: 2:03.02


  1. Tristan DeWitt (ISC) – 2:02.03
  2. Spencer Arnou-Rhees (NAAC) – 2:02.43
  3. Kyle Maas (MLA) – 2:03.03

Tristan DeWitt was in control of this race for the majority of its duration, only losing the lead on the backstroke lap. During his interview, DeWitt expressed how he’s fed off the energy of this meet, and how much he’s enjoying being back in a competitive atmosphere. With the swim, DeWitt shed 2 seconds off his personal best. He led the field with a quick 34.7 breast split.

Spencer Arnou-Rhees, conversely, was in 2nd for the vast majority of the race, only taking the lead during the backstroke 50. MLA’s Kyle Maas was holding strong with DeWitt and Arnou-Rhees for the first half of the race, but fell behind just slightly on the breast length.



  • World Record: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 23.67 (2017)
  • American Record: Simone Manuel – 23.97 (2017)
  • US Open Record: Simone Manuel (USA) – 24.10 (2018)
  • World Junior Record: Claire Curzan (USA) – 24.17 (2021)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Pernille Blume (DEN) – 24.07
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Abbey Weitzeil – 24.28
  • Wave I Cut: 25.99
  • Wave II Cut: 25.65


  1. Missy Cundiff (TRIB) – 25.46
  2. Camille Spink (NCAP) – 25.54 (TIE-2nd)
  3. Anna Moesch (STAC) – 25.54 (TIE-2nd)

Shortly after our first 9-swimmer final of the meet, we had another unique final. The women’s 50 free gave us our first tie for 2nd-place, with both NCAP’s Camille Spink and STAC’s Anna Moesch touching in 25.54. In the event of a tie for 2nd, both swimmers advance to Wave II, so Spink and Moesch will be advancing along with winner Missy Cundiff.

Spink’s swim was a personal best, just a touch faster than she was this morning. The 16-year-old is now #24 all-time in the 15-16 girls 50 free rankings. Both Cundiff and Moesch were personal bests as well, and all 3 women were under the Wave II standard.

In fact, the top 7 swimmers were all under the Wave II standard of 25.65. Ohio State’s Taylor Petrak came in 4th, posting a 25.59, while ISC’s Kristina Paegle swam a 25.60 for 5th. There was a tie for 6th as well, with both Kailyn Winter (QSS) and Arkansas’ Kobie Melton swimming 25.65.


  • World Record: Cesar Cielo (BRA) – 20.91 (2009)
  • American Record: Caeleb Dressel – 21.04 (2019)
  • US Open Record: Cesar Cielo (BRA) – 21.14 (2009)
  • World Junior Record: Michael Andrew (USA) – 21.75 (2017)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Anthony Ervin (USA) – 21.40
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Nathan Adrian – 21.51
  • Wave I Cut: 23.19
  • Wave II Cut: 22.71


  1. Jack Armstrong (BATS) – 22.55
  2. Eric Anderson (NLSA) – 22.57
  3. Matthew Essing (TUS) – 22.63

BATS’ Jack Armstrong posted a lifetime best in a super tight finish, advancing on to the Wave II meet. NLSA’s Eric Anderson was right behind, also advancing with a new personal best of 22.57. Both Armstrong and Anderson, as well as 3rd-place finisher Matthew Essing (25.63), and 4th place Chris Guiliano (22.65) were under the Wave II standard of 22.71.

Anderson, 18, has now vaulted up to a tie for #18 all-time in the 17-18 boys standings. Giuliano’s 22.65 already has him in a tie for #22 all-time 17-18, and he’s only 17 now.



  • World Record: Rikke Moller Pedersen (DEN) – 2:19.11 (2013)
  • American Record: Rebecca Soni – 2:19.59 (2012)
  • US Open Record: Rebecca Soni (USA) – 2:20.38 (2009)
  • World Junior Record: Viktoriya Zeynep Gunes (TUR) – 2:19.64 (2015)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Rie Kaneto (JPN) – 2:20.30
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Lilly King – 2:24.08
  • Wave I Cut: 2:33.29
  • Wave II Cut: 2:30.49


  1. Gracie Weyant (SYS) – 2:31.10
  2. Abigail Herscu (LAC) – 2:31.53
  3. Kristina Murphy (AZTC) – 2:31.89

Gracie Weyant shaved 0.05 seconds off her lifetime best en route to winning the race and advancing to the Wave II meet. Both Weyant and 2nd-place finisher Abigail Herscu made their moves on the 2nd 100 of the race. Weyant, for her part, was in the thick of it throughout the race, touching 3rd at both the 50m and 100m turns. She then kicked it into gear, moving to 2nd at the 150m turn, and overtaking the lead on the final lap.

Herscu’s back half was much more dramatic. She touched in 8th at the 50m mark, 1.5 seconds behind the lead, then moved up to 5th at the halfway mark. She then moved into 4th on the 3rd 50, then jumped to 2nd heading into the finish. Herscu’s time was also a lifetime best by 0.2 seconds.

B final winner Denise Phelan touched in 2:31.85, which would have put her 3rd in the A final


  • World Record: Anton Chupkov (RUS) – 2:06.12 (2019)
  • American Record: Josh Prenot – 2:07.17 (2016)
  • US Open Record: Josh Prenot (USA) – 2:07.17 (2016)
  • World Junior Record: Qin Haiyan (CHN) – 2:07.35 (2017)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Dmitriy Balandin (KAZ) – 2:07.46
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Josh Prenot – 2:07.17
  • Wave I Cut: 2:17.89
  • Wave II Cut: 2:15.28


  1. Alec Cullen (UCSB) – 2:14.38
  2. Jakob Frick (NCAP) – 2:14.40
  3. Coleman Modglin (ZSC) – 2:15.49

There have been plenty of photo finishes throughout this Wave I meet, and we just got another one at the end of the meet. UCSB’s Alec Cullen and NCAP 18-year-old Jakob Frick went down to the wire in the men’s 200 breast, both posting lifetime best as they earn spots at the Wave II meet.

The furthest apart the pair got during the race was 0.31 seconds, and that was at the 50 mark. Frick was stronger on the middle 100, splitting 1:08.88, while Cullen was 1:09.32 over the same distance. Cullen entered the meet with a personal best of 2:15.77, while Frick was 2:15.71 before this meet.

With the swim, Jakob Frick has risen to #32 all-time for 17-18 boys in the event.


  • World Record: Katie Ledecky (USA) – 15:20.48 (2018)
  • American Record: Katie Ledecky – 15:20.48 (2018)
  • US Open Record: Katie Ledecky (USA) – 15:20.48
  • World Junior Record: Katie Ledecky (USA) – 15:28.36 (2014)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: N/A (New Olympic event in 2021)
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: N/A (New Olympic event in 2021)
  • Wave I Cut: 16:49.19
  • Wave II Cut: 16:44.60


  1. Kristin Cornish (BAD) – 16:42.63
  2. Audrey Coffey (HUSK) – 16:49.09
  3. Alivia Lindorfer (WA) – 16:55.85
  4. Aurora Roghair (IFLY) – 16:57.40
  5. Juli Arzave (TAC) – 17:03.38
  6. Hayley Pike (BA) – 17:26.33

Kristin Cornish made the most out of the opportunity, getting on her pace early, and doing the best job of anyone in the field at holding her pace. She posted a 16:42.63 to win the race convincingly, taking 3 seconds off her lifetime best. The 17-year-old now sits just outside the all-time top 100 for 17-18 girls, and will have another shot at the race in about a week.

Cornish swam a consistent race, splitting 5:30.28 on the first 500m, 5:36.03 on the 2nd 500m, and 5:36.32 on the final 500m. Runner-up Audrey Coffey was right with Coffey through the first few hundred meters of the race, but Cornish pulled away from her through the last 1000m of the race.


  • World Record: Sun Yang (CHN) – 14:31.02 (2012)
  • American Record: Connor Jaeger – 14:39.48 (2016)
  • US Open Record: Peter Vanderkaay (USA) – 14:45.54 (2008)
  • World Junior Record: Franko Grgic (CRO) – 14:46.09 (2019)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) – 14:34.57
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Connor Jaeger – 14:47.61
  • Wave I Cut: 15:44.89
  • Wave II Cut: 15:35.76


  1. Joshua Brown (HIGH) – 15:35.94
  2. Owen Lloyd (NCS) – 15:36.24
  3. Jake Narvid (TENN) – 15:38.69

Winner Joshua Brown did an excellent job of swimming his own race, holding his pace while allowing Jake Narvid to take the race out fast. Brown negative split his swim, posting a 7:48.49 on the first 750m, and coming home in 7:47.55. Runner-up Owen Lloyd also negative split his race, splitting 7:49.43/7:46.81. Brown dropped a few tenths of a second with his swim, and will get another shot in a week. Lloyd shed just over 4 seconds off his personal best and will also be getting another shot next week.

It looked like Narvid was going to run (or swim, rather) away with the heat, but in the last few hundred meters, Brown and Lloyd closed fast, overtaking the 18-year-old, who was fading. Narvid took the race out the quickest, flipping in 58.09 at the 100 mark, before settling into a high 1:02-low 1:03 pace for the majority of the race. Regardless of how it was swum, Narvid’s time was still a personal best by 4 seconds.


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Wave 1.5 Qualifier
3 months ago

Congratulations to all athletes and to those advancing on to Wave II.
This meet got me so fired up for the summer. Excited for Sunday.

Elizabeth Beisel
3 months ago

Hi everyone! Elizabeth here. Just want to thank you all for tuning in at home and for having patience with me as I learn the ropes of this new role! I’ve only done this a handful of times so I appreciate all of the feedback, good and bad. Also, I’m sorry for making mistakes – I will always do my best to keep those at a minimum. I really want your viewing experience to be the best it possibly can be at home, and I promise to keep working at getting better and hearing you all out. Much love to all of you and I hope you enjoy the final night of wave 1!

Reply to  Elizabeth Beisel
3 months ago

Love you for this. This is why you’ll always be the peoples’ announcer. As compared to that other guy, who responds to criticism like this:


You’re already an improvement, and will only get better moving forward! Can’t wait to see you grow into this role! #Beisel2024

Reply to  #beisel2024
3 months ago

I don’t blame Rowdy for saying that, the dude gets torn into for basically anything he does. I can understand both Elizabeth and Rowdy’s responses in this case.

Reply to  Bobthebuilderrocks
3 months ago

He does have a point. Lot of basement dwellers have the most to say on here

Reply to  Dylan
3 months ago

Dislike this if you’re a basement dweller

Reply to  Elizabeth Beisel
3 months ago

We <3 you Beisel

Reply to  Elizabeth Beisel
3 months ago

Hey Elizabeth, I love your commentary, you are doing such a great job! Keep up the great work.

NC Fan
Reply to  Elizabeth Beisel
3 months ago

Excited for your commentary for many many years to come! You’re the emerging Voice of Swimming!

Reply to  Elizabeth Beisel
3 months ago

I’ve literally was talking to people today about how good you e been doing!

Reply to  Elizabeth Beisel
3 months ago

If you beat Rowdy in the 400 IM, do you get his job?

P.S. Great job on the color commentary!

Reply to  Elizabeth Beisel
3 months ago

Thank you for everything! Can you explain whether swimmers only have to qualify in one event to “bonus” all their wave 1 events at wave 2 or do they need to individually qualify each event?

Reply to  abby
3 months ago

Once they’re qualified for Wave II in one race, they can race anything in which they have at least a Wave I cut.

Reply to  Braden Keith
3 months ago

Thanks! That’s what I thought but was confused when it is talked about like “let’s see if they can qualify in this event also.” Thanks for the clarification.

Reply to  Elizabeth Beisel
3 months ago

Keep up the great work Elizabeth!

Reply to  Elizabeth Beisel
3 months ago

OH MY GOD SWIM SWAM please make a *celebrity* tag to the accounts like this so we know it is really her (of course I know its actually her just some improvement for the website)

Reply to  Khachaturian
3 months ago

Yeah like a verified check

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  Swimmer
3 months ago

I’m the real Bobo Gigi. The only one!

Reply to  Elizabeth Beisel
3 months ago

How about a tease? Your prediction on the women’s 400 IM (Wave II) since you are the expert.

P.S. I’m cheering for Melanie.

Bob Hopkins
Reply to  Elizabeth Beisel
3 months ago

you did a great job; congratulations !!!

Reply to  Elizabeth Beisel
3 months ago

Elizabeth, your enthusiasm matched that of the young swimmers competing in the meet.

The one thing you did different from that other announcer is that you kept the focus on the swimmers in the pool. You stayed in the moment as the races unfolded.

Keep sharing more of your knowledge and experience as an elite swimmer.

Reply to  Elizabeth Beisel
3 months ago

Great commentary! Enjoyed your expertise.

Reply to  Elizabeth Beisel
3 months ago

Love you Beisel. Thanks for all you do for young swimmers and swammers. Things people will never hear you talk about but people associated with your blue fish fam and other swim families etc know about. Loved your commentary. The more technical you got in your analysis the more comfortable you seemed to be. We’re swim geeks and love getting in the analytical weeds with you. Don’t be afraid to get technical stroke, underwaters, pace, glitches in stroke, start etc we love it all. Especially at trials. So many stories from wave 1. It was even like a Navy recruiting video one point. Proud of every swimmer in that pool and every swimmer who endured the past 16 months. Stay… Read more »

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  Elizabeth Beisel
3 months ago

Cool to see Liz Beisel on swimswam! 😎
Keep up the great work!
You know what you are talking about. You’re also funny and full of positive energy which is refreshing.
I also miss Ariana Kukors who was a great host of a show on the YouTube channel of USA swimming in 2016 during the olympic trials. She was funny too. Beisel and Kukors together! It would be amazing!

3 months ago

Is there a link besides the olympic channel link?

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3 months ago
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3 months ago

“Lotta lane 8 wins, lotta lane 1 wins”
Yeah Beisel pretty sure it was just lane 8 wins.

3 months ago

I’m blanking on how it works. What happens next week in Wave II if there’s a tie for 2nd in the 50 free? Or any event for that matter?

Reply to  Swammer2009
3 months ago

If it’s a tie they all go, they just said.

Reply to  Swammer2009
3 months ago

For wave 2, idk lol

Reply to  Swammer2009
3 months ago

A swim off I imagine.

3 months ago

Quote of the meet: “It was good” 😂😂

Reply to  Hswimmer
3 months ago

for a rating based on cereal I will say it is a frosted-flakes/10

3 months ago

two men of very few words… LOL