2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Wave II: Day 1 Prelims Live Recap

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

Strap in.

The first of eight days and 15 sessions of racing at Wave II of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials has finally arrived, and you can look forward to a roller-coaster week of racing as the best swimmers in the United States vie for an opportunity to represent their country on sport’s biggest stage.

The opening session begins with the men’s 400 IM, where Ryan Lochte will be absent in the event at Trials for the first time since the year 2000—not necessarily a surprise given he’s 36.

Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland, the two men who locked Lochte out of the event at the 2016 Trials by going 1-2, come in as the favorites to do that again, while 19-year-old Carson Foster is the fastest American this season and is projected to have a real shot to spoil the party.

This morning will also feature two other 400s—the men’s 400 free and women’s 400 IM—where the swimmers will have to be on their ‘A’ game in order to earn a spot into tonight’s final. Zane Grothe and Kieran Smith man Lane 4 in the two fastest heats in the 400 free, while Melanie Margalis and Emma Weyant hold that distinction in the 400 IM.

The two events with semi-finals on the Day 1 schedule is the women’s 100 fly and men’s 100 breast, with Claire Curzan and Michael Andrew getting their first races under their belt in Omaha after fantastic 2020-21 seasons. Both rank fourth in the world and tops among Americans this season in their respective events.

For a full breakdown of this morning’s session, click here.

Men’s 400 IM Prelims

  • World record: Michael Phelps (USA) – 4:03.84 (2008)
  • American record: Michael Phelps – 4:03.84 (2008)
  • U.S. Open record: Michael Phelps – 4:05.25 (2008)
  • World Junior record: Ilya Borodin (RUS) – 4:11.17 (2021)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Kosuke Hagino (JPN) – 4:06.05
  • 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Champion: Chase Kalisz – 4:09.54
  • Wave I Cut: 4:25.99
  • Wave II Cut: 4:23.24
  1. Carson Foster (RAYSOH), 4:10.50
  2. Chase Kalisz (ABSC), 4:10.61
  3. Jay Litherland (DYNA), 4:13.28
  4. Bobby Finke (SPA-FL), 4:13.53
  5. Jake Foster (RAYSOH), 4:15.26
  6. Gunnar Bentz (DYNA), 4:16.61
  7. David Johnston (TXLA), 4:16.74
  8. Sam Stewart (YHF), 4:17.60

Carson Foster made a statement in the first event of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, blasting out to a decisive lead in the first circle-seeded heat of the men’s 400 IM.

The 19-year-old Mason Manta Ray was up by about three seconds on 2016 champ Chase Kalisz at the 200m mark, and despite being out-split on all four of the last 50s, held on to win Heat 4 in a time of 4:10.50. That showing marks a new personal best for Foster, who went a PB of 4:11.13 in May, and keeps him at fifth in the 2020-21 world rankings.

Kalisz, the reigning Olympic silver medalist in the event, almost ran down Foster, finishing 11 one-hundredths back in 4:10.61, marking his fastest performance since 2018.

In the last heat it was Jay Litherland, the runner-up to Kalisz five years ago, cruising to victory in a time of 4:13.28, edging out Bobby Finke (4:13.53) as they qualified third and fourth into the final, respectively. Litherland’s swim is a new season-best, while Finke wasn’t far off his all-time best of 4:13.15.

Three current and one former Texas Longhorn made the final, with Carson Foster joined by older brother Jake Foster (4:15.26), David Johnston (4:16.74) and Sam Stewart (4:17.60).

Overall, it took 4:17.60 to make the final, which is well off the eighth-place time from the 2016 Trials prelims of 4:15.41. However, that year saw three men scratch the final, and a 4:19.85 ended up getting in.

In the earlier heats, Bluefish’s Josh Parent dropped a 4:21.90 to move into 10th all-time in the boys’ 15-16 age group, chopping two seconds off his previous best time set in January.

Charlie Swanson, one of just five men in the field who had broken 4:12 coming into today, missed the final in 13th (4:18.82). As did Sean Grieshop (4:22.67, 16th), who was fifth in 2016.

Women’s 100 Fly Prelims

  • World Record: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 55.48 (2016)
  • American Record: Dana Vollmer – 55.98 (2012)
  • US Open Record: Claire Curzan (USA) – 56.20 (2021)
  • World Junior Record: Claire Curzan (USA) – 56.20 (2021)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 55.48
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Kelsi (Worrell) Dahlia – 56.48
  • Wave I Cut: 1:00.69
  • Wave II Cut: 59.59
  1. Kelsi Dahlia (CARD), 56.56
  2. Torri Huske (AAC), 56.69
  3. Kate Douglass (UVA), 57.29
  4. Claire Curzan (TAC-NC), 57.61
  5. Regan Smith (RIPT), 57.63
  6. Katie McLaughlin (CAL), 57.72
  7. Aly Tetzloff (WOLF), 58.55
  8. Gretchen Walsh (NAC)/ Kylee Alons (NCS), 58.58
  9. Natalie Hinds (ABSC), 58.62
  10. Beata Nelson (WA), 58.72
  11. Lillie Nordmann (ALTO), 58.84
  12. Kelly Pash (CSC), 58.86
  13. Olivia Bray (TXLA), 58.90
  14. Rachel Klinker (CAL) / Rhyan White (BAMA), 59.05

In an event chock-full of potential contenders, it was veteran Kelsi Dahlia and youngster Torri Huske asserting themselves atop the heap in the women’s 100 fly prelims, producing a pair of sub-57 second performances.

Dahlia, the winner of the 2016 Trials, dominated the first circle-seeded heat in a time of 56.56, less than two-tenths off her best time (56.37) and her fastest showing since 2018, to elevate her into fifth in the 2020-21 world rankings.

Huske, just 18, followed suit in the next heat, matching her PB right on the nose in 56.69, looking extremely light on the water and in good shape heading into tonight. Regan Smith opened up her Trials campaign with a time of 57.63, second to Huske in Heat 7, less than three tenths shy of her best time set in March 2020 (57.34).

Kate Douglass clipped her best time down to 57.29 from the eighth and final heat, out-touching a cruising Claire Curzan (57.61) for the heat victory as they snag the third and fourth seeds for tonight. Douglass’ previous PB was 57.43, set at the U.S. Open last November.

Katie McLaughlin rounded out the morning’s sub-58 performers, hitting a 57.72 for sixth overall. McLaughlin came into the day as the third-fastest American this season with her 57.39 from April’s CAL Spring Classic.

It ended up taking a quick 59.05 to make it back to tonight’s semis, significantly faster than it did in 2016 (59.87). This resulted in several notable names failing to advance, including Mallory Comerford (1:00.11 – t-38th), Erika Brown (59.82 – 32nd) and Linnea Mack (59.18 – 18th).

Men’s 400 Free Prelims

  • World Record: Paul Biedermann (GER) – 3:40.07 (2009)
  • American Record: Larsen Jensen – 3:42.78 (2008)
  • US Open Record: Larsen Jensen – 3:43.53 (2008)
  • World Junior Record: Mack Horton (AUS) – 3:44.60 (2014)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Mack Horton (AUS) – 3:41.55
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Connor Jaeger – 3:43.79
  • Wave I Cut: 3:57.29
  • Wave II Cut: 3:54.21
  1. Kieran Smith (FLOR), 3:48.06
  2. Ross Dant (NCS), 3:48.40
  3. Chris Wieser (DART), 3:48.84
  4. Trey Freeman (FLOR), 3:48.88
  5. Brooks Fail (CLCK), 3:49.37
  6. Jake Mitchell (CSC), 3:49.39
  7. Andrew Abruzzo (PWAC), 3:49.43
  8. Mitch D’Arrigo (GSC), 3:49.43

The biggest story of the men’s 400 freestyle prelims is who won’t be swimming the event tonight: Zane Grothe.

Grothe, who has represented the U.S. in this event at each of the last two World Championships and been under 3:46 nine times in his career, labored to a time of 3:50.80 in the seventh and final heat this morning, ranking him 11th overall and out of the final.

The man expected to duel with Grothe in the final, Kieran Smith, will be flying solo tonight as he looked incredibly smooth in winning the penultimate heat in 3:48.06 and qualifying first overall. The American Record holder in the 500 yard free, Smith records his third-fastest time ever, just over three tenths off his PB set last month at the Atlanta Classic (3:47.71).

Chris Wieser (3:48.84) and Trey Freeman (3:48.88) battled Smith in Heat 7, touching second and third, which ultimately qualified them third and fourth for the final. Freeman’s swim marked his first time under 3:49.

In the final heat, alongside Grothe, NC State’s Ross Dant dropped three seconds from his best time to touch first in 3:48.40, and Brooks Fail (3:49.37) was second to qualify for the final in fifth.

Jake Mitchell, who dropped a best time of 3:47.95 at the 2019 World Juniors, had his fastest swim since then to qualify sixth in 3:49.39, running down Mitch D’Arrigo (3:49.49) in Heat 7. Similar to Mitchell, Andrew Abruzzo had his fastest performance since the 2019 Pan Ams to qualify seventh in 3:49.43.

Third in 2016, Townley Haas jumped on it from the fourth heat, flipping in the fastest 200 time in the field (1:52.35). Haas ended up producing a time of 3:50.89, which earned him 12th overall.

The Olympic qualifying standard in this event is 3:46.78, and now, especially with Grothe out, it’s far from a slam dunk that two men get under that time tonight (or even one), which has never happened. No one in the the field for finals has ever been under that time.

Trenton Julian was a no-show, reportedly opting to direct his energy into the 200 free and 200 fly in the coming days.

Women’s 400 IM Prelims

  • World Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 4:26.36 (2016)
  • American Record: Katie Hoff – 4:31.12 (2008)
  • US Open Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 4:31.07 (2015)
  • World Junior Record: Yu Yiting (CHN) – 4:35.94 (2021)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 4:26.36
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Maya DiRado – 4:33.73
  • Wave I Cut: 4:51.79
  • Wave II Cut: 4:47.72
  1. Hali Flickinger (SUN), 4:37.79
  2. Emma Weyant (SYS), 4:38.35
  3. Melanie Margalis (SPA), 4:39.38
  4. Ally McHugh (WA), 4:39.60
  5. Justina Kozan (MVN), 4:40.57
  6. Leah Smith (CLCK), 4:40.74
  7. Evie Pfeifer (TXLA), 4:42.42
  8. Brooke Forde (LAK), 4:42.63

Sun Devil Swimming’s Hali Flickinger took full advantage of her butterfly strength during the penultimate heat of the women’s 400 IM, opening up a big early lead with an opening 100 of 1:01.80. Maintaining a one-second lead over Emma Weyant after the breaststroke leg, Flickinger held her off to touch first and solidify the top seed in 4:37.79, just over two-tenths shy of her best time set in April.

Weyant, a 19-year-old out of the Sarasota Sharks, produced her second-fastest swim ever, trailing only her 4:35.47 from the 2019 Summer Nationals, to qualify second behind Flickinger in 4:38.35. Weyant pulled away from 2018 National champ Ally McHugh (4:39.60) on the freestyle, along with Madisyn Cox, the #4 seed coming in.

Cox, who was fourth in this event at the 2016 Trials, buckled on the freestyle leg, splitting 1:08.32 to fall to a time of 4:44.36, which ended up missing the final in 10th.

In the last heat, Melanie Margalis broke away from the field with a 1:18.8 breaststroke split, touching first for the morning’s third-fastest time of 4:39.38. Margalis owns the fastest best time in the field and also leads the nation this season with a 4:35.18 at the Mission Viejo Pro Swim in April.

17-year-old Justina Kozan had a very strong swim from Margalis’ heat, producing the fastest freestyle leg in the field (1:00.83) to rocket by Leah Smith (4:40.74) and qualify fifth overall in 4:40.57. That marks a new best for Kozan, a member of the Mission Viejo Nadadores, who had previously been 4:42.05 at the TYR 18&U Spring Cup in April.

In what turned out to be a battle for the last spot in the final, Brooke Forde (4:42.63) managed to hold off Emma Barksdale (4:42.91) in the final heat, with Barksdale making up over two seconds on the freestyle.

Ella Nelson was disqualified, while Kay Sargent was a noteworthy no-show.

Men’s 100 Breast Prelims

  • World Record: Adam Peaty (GBR) – 56.88 (2019)
  • American Record: Kevin Cordes – 58.64 (2017)
  • US Open Record: Michael Andrew (USA) – 58.67 (2021)
  • World Junior Record: Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA) – 59.01 (2017)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Adam Peaty (GBR) – 57.13
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Kevin Cordes – 59.18
  • Wave I Cut: 1:03.29
  • Wave II Cut: 1:01.97
  1. Michael Andrew (RPC), 58.19 AR
  2. Andrew Wilson (ABSC), 58.80
  3. Nic Fink (ABSC), 59.21
  4. Max McHugh (UOFM), 59.93
  5. Kevin Cordes (ABSC), 1:00.02
  6. Josh Matheny (PEAQ), 1:00.06
  7. Ben Cono (GAME), 1:00.18
  8. Ilya Evdokimov (PRVT), 1:00.22
  9. Zane Backes (ISC), 1:00.26
  10. AJ Pouch (VT), 1:00.36
  11. Cody Miller (SAND), 1:00.37
  12. Tommy Cope (CW), 1:00.41
  13. Brandon Fischer (LAC), 1:00.63
  14. Noah Nichols (UVA), 1:00.66
  15. Will Licon (TXLA), 1:00.70
  16. Jason Mathews (UN-OH), 1:00.81

Michael Andrew‘s first swim of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials couldn’t have gone any better.

Andrew, who set a new U.S. Open Record of 58.67 in the men’s 100 breaststroke exactly one month ago, slaughtered the American Record by almost half-a-second in this morning’s prelims in a time of 58.19, launching him up to third all-time in the event’s history.

The 22-year-old, who was fourth in this event at the 2016 Trials, torched the field on the opening 50 in 27.05, over seven-tenths of a second faster than the next-fastest swimmer. He then came home faster than he ever has, 31.14, to put up that 58.19.

In breaking Kevin Cordes‘ 2017 American Record of 58.64, Andrew now trails only Adam Peaty and Arno Kamminga in the event’s all-time rankings. Coming into today, his 58.67 had him tied for 11th.

All-Time Performers, Men’s 100 Breaststroke (LCM)

  1. Adam Peaty (GBR), 56.88 – 2019
  2. Arno Kamminga (NED), 57.90 – 2021
  3. Michael Andrew (USA), 58.19 – 2021
  4. Ilya Shymanovich (BLR), 58.29 – 2019
  5. Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA), 58.37 – 2021

It speaks to how incredible the swims in this event have been this year that Andrew is now the third-fastest man ever, but also only the third-fastest man this season.

2020-2021 LCM Men 100 Breast

AdamGBR
Peaty
04/14
57.39
2Arno
Kamminga
NED57.8007/24
3Michael
Andrew
USA58.1406/13
4Nicolo
Martinenghi
ITA58.2807/24
5Ilya
Shymanovich
BLR58.4605/17
View Top 26»

After Andrew did his magic in Heat 6, Andrew Wilson had a strong performance to cap the prelims session in Heat 7, hitting a personal best time of 58.80 to become the third-fastest American ever and eighth in this world this season. Wilson, who was fifth in this event in 2016, set his previous PB of 58.93 at the 2019 FINA World Cup stop in Singapore.

The top four swimmers all hit best times, with veteran Nic Fink third in 59.21 and collegiate standout Max McHugh fourth in 59.93. Fink had previously been 59.40 at the 2017 Summer Nationals, while McHugh was over a second under his old PB of 1:00.99 from July of 2019.

2016 Trials winner Kevin Cordes had his fastest showing since 2018 to qualify fifth in 1:00.02, while Josh Matheny hit a best time of 1:00.06 to move into second all-time in the 17-18 age group, moving past Reece Whitley (1:00.08) and trailing only Michael Andrew‘s 2016 NAG of 59.82.

Whitley, who went 1:00.53 just last month, finished 29th in 1:01.98, over a second shy of what it took to make it into the semi-finals.

2016 Olympic bronze medalist Cody Miller advanced in 11th, seven tenths slower than his season-best in 1:00.37, while two notable misses were 200 specialists Daniel Roy (1:01.49) and Josh Prenot (1:01.73). Prenot was third in the event in 2016.

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whever
1 month ago

Is there a link where we can watch outside of US?

Swimlikefishdrinklikefish
Reply to  whever
1 month ago

Peacock tv has it maybe try with vpn

K S
Reply to  Swimlikefishdrinklikefish
1 month ago

You need to have peacock premium, which required a US Credit Card to get the free trial, so doesn’t work even with a vpn.

Philip Johnson
Reply to  whever
1 month ago

Try freestreams-live1(dot)com

You can search on the left.

Troyy
Reply to  Philip Johnson
1 month ago

I don’t think it’s on regular NBC or NBCSN is it?

deob
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

Finals will be live on there, prelims will be delayed coverage. They (prelims) will be streamed live on their website / app I think, but not on TV.

sepgup
Reply to  whever
1 month ago

Hoping it’s on USA Swimming at least

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  sepgup
1 month ago

Don’t dream. It was the case back in 2008 and maybe in 2012 too. It was the good old days. That time has passed.

SwimFan01
Reply to  whever
1 month ago

https://www.nbcolympics.com/

and use VPN if international

Swimming
Reply to  whever
1 month ago
Former Pirate
Reply to  Swimming
1 month ago

How did you bypass signing in with TV provider?

Dan
Reply to  Swimming
1 month ago

Worked for me during wave 1 after clearing cookies, but not today.

K S
Reply to  Swimming
1 month ago

Requires a US TV Provider, all of which require US Credit Cards for free trials. How do you get around that?

Dan
Reply to  Swimming
1 month ago

This is so stupid, I am in the US and it is easier for me to watch the Aussie trials (I have Prime) than what it is to watch the US trials.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  whever
1 month ago

Don’t bother, it’s slow AF so far.

Raoul Duke
Reply to  whever
1 month ago

Use a VPN and just pick a U.S. based server and you can stream from NBC.

SwimReason
Reply to  Raoul Duke
1 month ago

Didn’t work. You need to pick a US based TV/provider and then log in to your account on that provider. I haven’t tried peacock. I have every NBC channel and will have access to the semi’s and finals, but I cannot find a way to watch the prelims. Frustrating…

ForTheLoveOfSwimming
Reply to  whever
1 month ago

I’m trying watch in the US and when I enter my provider, DTV, it tells me the service isn’t available. Any suggestions how to all least watch Finals, watching Prelims also would be nice?

P.S. Watching Australian Trials on Amazon Prime is so easy.

wow
1 month ago

What event is everyone looking forward to most this morning??

VASwammer
Reply to  wow
1 month ago

Women’s 100 fly!

Swimfan
Reply to  wow
1 month ago

100 fly

MTK
Reply to  wow
1 month ago

Probably men’s 400IM. No semi-finals, so we should get a pretty good gauge of who’s “on” in prelims.

Wave 1.5 Qualifier
Reply to  MTK
1 month ago

Agree the W 100 Fly and M 100 Breast prelims may not tell us much yet.
W 400 IM will also be a great litmus test for a variety of this week’s top ladies (Smith, Margalis, Cox, Flickinger, McHugh, etc.)

TimmyG
Reply to  MTK
1 month ago

Foster, Kalisz, Litherland. One going to walk away empty handed, how do you guys think it would be?

Bill Swims After His Horses
Reply to  TimmyG
1 month ago

The guy who gets third.

Relay Enthusiast
Reply to  wow
1 month ago

Men’s 400 free. I want to see what Zane Grothe but especially Kieran Smith can do long course when rested. Kieran Smith is such a talented middle distance swimmer. Also, Townley Haas is in heat 4. I think he’ll go for it and win a place in the final.

Kieran Smith will go 1:45.5 in the 200 and 3:43 in the 400.

Caleb
Reply to  Relay Enthusiast
1 month ago

I was quite surprised to see Townley on the heat sheet.. expected a scratch for sure. Says a lot about his confidence for the meet overall. We shall see!

Bo Swims
Reply to  Relay Enthusiast
1 month ago

Will 2nd place hit the A Cut? That’s the question

Max Hardie
Reply to  Bo Swims
1 month ago

Really bad times, middle & long distance is really bad in the US. Far from Aussies, Russians and Brits.

NoFlyKick
Reply to  Relay Enthusiast
1 month ago

Where is that 3:43 gonna come from?

NoFlyKick
Reply to  NoFlyKick
1 month ago

Well he actually got remarkably close. Nice prediction.^^Relay Enthusiast.

Wave 1.5 Qualifier
Reply to  wow
1 month ago

The real question is will SwimSwam fans exceed 1,000 comments tonight during Day 1 Finals?

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  Wave 1.5 Qualifier
1 month ago

Depends on if I comment or not.

Swimfan
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
1 month ago

Lol I’m the same way too

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
1 month ago

But I will not comment live as I can’t watch the prelims.
I have links to watch the Olympic Channel, NBC and NBCSN and of course it’s elsewhere.
I HATE NBC! I HATE THAT NETWORK! IN THE PAST WE COULD WATCH THE PRELIMS ON THE USA SWIMMING WEBSITE! WHY MONEY RUNS EVERYTHING? WHY NBC CAN DECIDE THAT FINALS WILL BE ON THE MORNING AT OLYMPIC GAMES? ATHLETES DON’! COUNT! FANS (APART FROM USA) DON’T COUNT! I WILL BE FORCED TO WAKE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT TO WATCH SWIMMING ONLY BECAUSE OF THE DOLLARS OF NBC! I HATE NBC! AND I HATE THAT THE CORRUPT CIO ACCEPTS THAT SCANDAL!

ooo
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
1 month ago

Bobo for pres!

Masters swimmer
Reply to  ooo
1 month ago

Bobo has my vote!!!

poolboy
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
1 month ago

This is the cost of swimming growing in popularity

Fish
Reply to  poolboy
1 month ago

I’d say it is the opposite. A healthy sport can attract enough money to make it available to all to view. A struggling sport will take anything even if it is a terrible offer with terrible outreach to fans.

Chris
Reply to  wow
1 month ago

women 100 Fly- I want to see Curzan and Douglass make it

Franklin Guill
Reply to  Chris
1 month ago

I think Dahlia will be one of the 2 women who makes the team – lots of experience plus she is still fast.

Swimfan
1 month ago

Time for the American to make some noise and answer what’s happing down under and the rest the world

Max Hardie
Reply to  Swimfan
1 month ago

They don’t have it, the US team will have the worst olympics ever, Europe and Australia have surpassed the US, as they did in tennis,

Swimlikefishdrinklikefish
Reply to  Max Hardie
1 month ago

I think the men are more at risk than the women, like Lilly king said, the American women are favorites for gold in all events (maybe not 400 im)

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Swimlikefishdrinklikefish
1 month ago

Let’s tone down the rhetoric:

W 200 FR
W 400 FR
W 800 FR
W 1500 FR
W 100 BR

W 050 FR – Ranomi Kromowidjojo
W 100 FR – ????
W 100 BK – ????
W 200 BK – ????
W 200 BR – Tatjana Schoenmaker
W 100 FL – Yufei Zhang
W 200 FL – Yufei Zhang
W 200 IM – ????
W 400 iM – Katinka Hosszu

NoFlyKick
Reply to  Max Hardie
1 month ago

You need a new supplier – y’all been smoking some bad stuff!

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  NoFlyKick
1 month ago

The corect response is ……. put down the bong and step far away from the keyboard.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
1 month ago

and get fresh air in the forest in spring season …that clears the mind better than any therapy

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Max Hardie
1 month ago

Let me tell you a story ……

Sam Kerr! Australia women’s national football team is going to win the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup! Sam Kerr! Australia women’s national football team is going to rule the world! Sam Kerr!

Reality sets in ……

Australia women’s national football team is eliminated in the Round of 16 at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Max Hardie
1 month ago

Tennis is not important at all , not like in the 90’s . Track & Field is still the best Us Medal haul with Swimming . They have unbelievable new talents coming forth this year …..but keep a blind eye , we won’t pay attention to your next comments

Troyy
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
1 month ago

Americans think tennis was important in the 90s because they actually had successful male players in the 90s not because it was globally more popular or important then.

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 month ago

I’m sure MA will say he’s stoked

Mr Piano
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 month ago

I expect him to ask for a chipotle sponsorship for his interview when he wins the 100 breast lol

MX4x50relay
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 month ago

I would too lol chipotle is soo good

Swim4
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 month ago

Well I’m sure he IS stoked.

Samuel Huntington
1 month ago

Kalisz, Litherland
Curzan, Huske
Grothe, Smith
Margalis, Cox
Andrew, Wilson

wow
Reply to  Samuel Huntington
1 month ago

Kalisz, Foster
Curzan, Huske
Smith, Magahey
Margalis, No Clue – Smith, Forde, Weyant?
Andrew, Wilson

Daeleb Cressel
Reply to  wow
1 month ago

Litherland will hawk Foster in the free leg, you heard it here first.

wow
Reply to  Daeleb Cressel
1 month ago

Finke could do the same.

Daeleb Cressel
Reply to  wow
1 month ago

Foster with war flashbacks to NCAAs and Nationals 2019

NoFlyKick
Reply to  Daeleb Cressel
1 month ago

Foster better have a good lead after the BR because Litherland can close like a freight train!

NoFlyKick
Reply to  NoFlyKick
1 month ago

Well I thought Foster would finish top 2, but the freight train did indeed run him down.

Ghost
Reply to  Samuel Huntington
1 month ago

So you picked the top two seeds? My grandmother picked them too

Samuel Huntington
Reply to  Ghost
1 month ago

Then what are you picking lol.
Btw Kalisz and Cox are seeded 4th.

Last edited 1 month ago by Samuel Huntington
MX4x50relay
1 month ago

Is this streamed on nbc?

Admin
Reply to  MX4x50relay
1 month ago

NBC Sports App

Troyy
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

That seems to make it basically impossible to watch outside the US? It shouldn’t be too hard to watch the finals tho.

Philip Johnson
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

Try freestreams-live1(dot)com

You can search on the left.

Dan
Reply to  Philip Johnson
1 month ago

tried but no streaming channel seemed to be listed and it drove Norton Nuts and it is running like crazy right now.

Ghost
Reply to  MX4x50relay
1 month ago

You will have to put in your cable and password if you haven’t used this app before

JCO
1 month ago

I’m sure the wealth of Michael Andrew’s family is going to be a big factor this morning. Interesting to see how that plays out!!

Daeleb Cressel
Reply to  JCO
1 month ago

Yeah I’m sure it’s that and has absolutely nothing to do with his working his tail off and setting records for the last 10 years.

Daeleb Cressel
Reply to  Daeleb Cressel
1 month ago

lol my b I didn’t know it was an article

daeleb cressel
Reply to  Daeleb Cressel
1 month ago

This daeleb cressel is an imposter

daeleb cressel
Reply to  daeleb cressel
1 month ago

I am the real daeleb cressel

Gowdy Raines
Reply to  daeleb cressel
1 month ago

Sweet name bruh

Doconc
Reply to  JCO
1 month ago

Please explain this non-sequiter??

boknows34
Reply to  Doconc
1 month ago

It’s a sarcastic response to a much criticised SwimSwam article yesterday.

Mr Piano
Reply to  boknows34
1 month ago

Swimswam commentators famously cannot get sarcasm

Gesundheit
1 month ago

Let’s gooooooo! I’m pumped!

Last edited 1 month ago by Gesundheit

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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