2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Wave II: Day 3 Finals Live Recap

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

Olympic spots will be up for grabs in four events during the third night of action from Omaha, with finals scheduled for the men’s 200 freestyle, women’s and men’s 100 backstroke, and the women’s 100 breaststroke.

Defending Olympic champions Ryan Murphy and Lilly King come in as the top seed in their respective events, and are favored to officially punch their ticket to the Tokyo Games tonight in the men’s 100 back and women’s 100 breast, respectively.

The same goes for Regan Smith in the women’s 100 back, as the second-fastest woman in history and former world record holder was nearly six-tenths faster than her nearest competitor in last night’s semi-finals.

The men’s 200 free final marks the first of four events at the Trials where relay selection will be on the line, and most likely the top-six finishers will make the Olympic team (and the top-four are guaranteed). Leading the pack out of both the prelims and semis was Kieran Smith, the lone man in the field who has already qualified for the Games after winning the 400 free on Night 1.

We’ll see additional semi-final heats in the women’s 200 free, men’s 200 fly and women’s 200 IM, with this morning’s top seeds going to Leah SmithZach Harting and Kate Douglass, respectively.

The women’s 100 breast final will also feature a unique nine-swimmer final after Molly Hannis’ disqualification in last night’s semis was overturned, and there will be a men’s 400 free time trial at the end of the session to see if anyone can get under the FINA ‘A’ cut of 3:46.78. Reportedly, Jake Mitchell will be the only athlete competing in tonight’s time trial, with another expected later in the week.

WOMEN’S 200 FREE SEMI-FINALS

  • World Record: Federica Pellegrini (ITA) – 1:52.98 (2009)
  • American Record: Allison Schmitt – 1:53.61 (2012)
  • US Open Record: Allison Schmitt (USA) / Katie Ledecky (USA) – 1:54.40 (2012 / 2021)
  • World Junior Record: Yang Junxuan (CHN) – 1:55.43 (2019)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Katie Ledecky (USA) – 1:53.73
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Katie Ledecky – 1:54.88
  • Wave I Cut: 2:01.69
  • Wave II Cut: 2:00.24
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:57.28
  1. Katie Ledecky (NCAP), 1:55.83
  2. Paige Madden (UVA), 1:56.44
  3. Katie McLaughlin (CAL), 1:57.37
  4. Allison Schmitt (SUN), 1:57.53
  5. Brooke Forde (LAK), 1:57.82
  6. Gabby Deloof (CW), 1:57.95
  7. Bella Sims (SAND), 1:58.00
  8. Leah Smith (CLCK), 1:58.22

Katie Ledecky inched ahead of Paige Madden on the back-half of the first semi-final in the women’s 200 freestyle, putting up a time of 1:55.83 to earn Lane 4 in tomorrow night’s final. At the 2016 Trials, when Ledecky didn’t have to swim the 1500 free heats on the same day, she was 1:55.10 in the semis.

Ledecky ranks second in the world this season by virtue of her 1:54.40 swim at the Mission Viejo Pro Swim in April.

Madden, who earned an Olympic berth last night by taking second to Ledecky in the 400 free, touched second in 1:56.44, dropping over a second off her previous best time of 1:57.47 set in May. That slots Madden into 10th all-time among Americans, inching ahead of Katie McLaughlin‘s 1:56.48 from 2019. McLaughlin was third in the first semi in 1:57.37, a time that stood up as the third-fastest overall.

31-year-old veteran Allison Schmitt, a three-time Olympian and the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in this event, emerged victorious in a tight second semi-final, clocking 1:57.53 to edge out Brooke Forde (1:57.82), Gabby Deloof (1:57.95), Bella Sims (1:58.00) and Leah Smith (1:58.22).

The swims for Forde and Sims were new best times, with Sims moving up to fourth all-time in the 15-16 age group.

For Smith, sneaking into the final is a big deal considering her near Olympic misses earlier in the meet in the 400 IM and 400 free.

Fourth in the first semi, 16-year-old Erin Gemmell of Nation’s Capital improved on her prelim PB of 1:58.96 in 1:58.67, ranking her 10th all-time in the girls’ 15-16 age group. She’ll be the first alternate for tomorrow’s final.

MEN’S 200 FREE FINAL

  • World Record: Paul Biedermann (GER) – 1:42.00 (2009)
  • American Record: Michael Phelps – 1:42.96 (2008)
  • US Open Record: Michael Phelps (USA) – 1:44.10 (2008)
  • World Junior Record: Hwang Sun Woo (KOR) – 1:44.96 (2021)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Sun Yang (CHN) – 1:44.65
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Townley Haas – 1:45.66
  • Wave I Cut: 1:50.79
  • Wave II Cut: 1:49.65
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:47.02
  1. Kieran Smith (FLOR), 1:45.29
  2. Townley Haas (NOVA), 1:45.66
  3. Drew Kibler (TXLA), 1:45.92
  4. Andrew Seliskar (CAL), 1:46.34
  5. Zach Apple (MVN), 1:46.45
  6. Patrick Callan (UN-MI), 1:46.49

It looked like a three-man race at the 100, with Kieran SmithTownley Haas and Zach Apple taking early command of the men’s 200 free final. On the third 50, however, Smith and Haas created some separation from the field, and then the stage was set for a wild battle on the last 50.

Smith edged in front down the stretch, getting his hand on the wall first in a time of 1:45.29, dropping almost a half-second from semi-final PB (1:45.74) to add a second individual event to his Olympic program after winning the 400 free on opening night.

The 21-year-old now ranks eighth all-time among Americans.

Haas, who won this event at the 2016 Trials, came through in a big way after an up-and-down quad, touching in 1:45.66 for second—which actually ties his winning time from the 2016 final.

In the mad scramble for relay spots, Haas’ former Texas Longhorn teammate Drew Kibler held steady on the back-half, splitting a pair of 27.1s, to grab third place in a best time of 1:45.92. Kibler entered the meet having never broken 1:47.

Andrew Seliskar made a big rally on the third 50, putting himself into the mix with a 26.92 split, and then managed to hold Apple at bay to pick up fourth in 1:46.34.

The third and fourth-place finishers are assured an Olympic relay spot, while fifth and sixth will likely be added later. Those spots went to Apple (1:46.34) and Patrick Callan (1:46.49), with Blake Pieroni (1:46.57) and Carson Foster (1:46.67) on the outside looking in.

WOMEN’S 100 BACK FINAL

  • World Record: Kaylee McKeown (AUS) – 57.45 (2021)
  • American Record: Regan Smith – 57.57 (2019)
  • US Open Record: Regan Smith (USA) – 57.92 (2021)
  • World Junior Record: Regan Smith (USA) – 57.57 (2019)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 58.45
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Olivia Smoliga – 59.02
  • Wave I Cut: 1:02.69
  • Wave II Cut: 1:01.49
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:00.25
  1. Regan Smith (RIPT), 58.35
  2. Rhyan White (BAMA), 58.60
  3. Olivia Smoliga (ABSC), 58.72

In one of the most highly anticipated finals of the meet, Regan Smith came through over an elite field to win the women’s 100 backstroke and qualify for her first Olympic team.

Smith, who set the (now former) world record in this event at the 2019 World Championships in 57.57, blasted out to an early lead on the opening 50 in 27.90, two-tenths under Australian Kaylee McKeown‘s newly-minted world record pace.

On the second 50, where Smith usually shines, she tied up a bit, losing ground to a hard-charging Rhyan White and Olivia Smoliga, but held on sufficiently for a final time of 58.35.

The 19-year-old Smith set a new U.S. Open Record of 57.92 in the semi-finals, but it was all about getting on the team in this race (not unlike Michael Andrew’s 100 breast swim from last night).

The race for second saw White (58.60) out-touch 2016 winner Smoliga (58.72) for an Olympic spot, making her (possibly) the first Youth Olympian to make the U.S. Olympic team.

None of the eight finalists swam a personal best time.

MEN’S 100 BACK FINAL

  • World Record: Ryan Murphy (USA) – 51.85 (2016)
  • American Record: Ryan Murphy (USA) – 51.85 (2016)
  • US Open Record: Aaron Peirsol (USA) – 51.94 (2009)
  • World Junior Record: Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) – 52.53 (2018)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Ryan Murphy (USA) – 51.97
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Ryan Murphy – 52.26
  • Wave I Cut: 56.59
  • Wave II Cut: 55.51
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 53.85
  1. Ryan Murphy (CAL), 52.33
  2. Hunter Armstrong (OSU), 52.48
  3. Shaine Casas (TAMU), 52.76

Ryan Murphy held off an unbelievable late push from the upstart Hunter Armstrong to win his second straight Olympic Trials 100 backstroke title in a time of 52.33, adding just over a tenth to his season-best (52.22) from last night.

That swim from the semi-finals ranks Murphy second in the 2020-21 world rankings.

Armstrong, a 20-year-old out of Ohio State, surprised many when he popped off with a 52.67 swim in the semi-finals, and he went almost a full two-tenths quicker tonight to make the team (most likely) in the second spot.

Turning seventh at the 50 in 25.73, Armstrong turned on the jets coming back, marking the only swimmer in the field to close sub-27 in 26.78. That moved him past early leader Shaine Casas to snag the runner-up spot in 52.48, making him the fifth-fastest American of all-time.

Casas, who owns a PB of 52.72, blasted out in 25.18 but faded a bit coming home, taking third in 52.76, while Bryce Mefford went sub-53 for the third time in two days for fourth in 52.91.

Two of the men expected to challenge for the second spot coming into the meet, Justin Ress and 2012 Olympic champ Matt Grevers, finished fifth and sixth in 53.00 and 53.27, respectively.

WOMEN’S 100 BREAST FINAL

  • World Record: Lilly King (USA) – 1:04.13 (2017)
  • American Record: Lilly King – 1:04.13 (2017)
  • US Open Record: Jessica Hardy (USA) – 1:04.45 (2009)
  • World Junior Record: Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) – 1:05.21 (2014)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Lilly King (USA) – 1:04.93
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Lilly King – 1:05.20
  • Wave I Cut: 1:10.99
  • Wave II Cut: 1:09.55
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:07.07
  1. Lilly King (ISC), 1:04.79
  2. Lydia Jacoby (STSC), 1:05.28
  3. Annie Lazor (MVN), 1:05.60

Lilly King jumped on it early and locked in her spot on a second U.S. Olympic team, roaring to victory in the women’s 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:04.79—just shy of her world-leading 1:04.72 from the semis and the fourth-fastest swim of her career.

Lydia Jacoby, the 17-year-old out of Alaska, becomes the state’s first Olympic swimmer in the second spot, lowering her 17-18 National Age Group Record from the semi-finals in the process.

Jacoby went 1:05.71 last night, and after turning fifth at the 50 in 30.94, made her way through the field to take second in 1:05.28, notably out-splitting everyone (including King) with a 34.34 back-half.

King’s training partner in Bloomington, Annie Lazor, settled for third in 1:05.60, having swam a PB of 1:05.37 yesterday.

With Jacoby’s swim tonight and King and Lazor’s from the semis factored, the U.S. women now own the top three spots in the world this year.

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Bethany Galat joined the sub-1:06 party in 1:05.75 for fourth, also moving up one spot into sixth in the world. Molly Hannis, who got into the final after her DQ from last night was overturned, was seventh in 1:07.26.

MEN’S 200 FLY SEMI-FINALS

  • World Record: Kristof Milak (HUN) – 1:50.73 (2019)
  • American Record: Michael Phelps – 1:51.51 (2009)
  • US Open Record: Michael Phelps (USA) – 1:52.20 (2008)
  • World Junior Record: Kristof Milak (HUN) – 1:52.71 (2018)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Michael Phelps (USA) – 1:53.36
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Michael Phelps – 1:54.84
  • Wave I Cut: 2:01.19
  • Wave II Cut: 1:59.63
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:56.48
  1. Luca Urlando (DART) / Zach Harting (CARD), 1:55.21
  2. Trenton Julian (CAL), 1:55.35
  3. Gunnar Bentz (DYNA), 1:55.42
  4. Nicolas Albiero (UOFL), 1:56.29
  5. Corey Gambardella (ISC), 1:56.56
  6. Zach Brown (NCS), 1:57.02
  7. Brooks Fail (CLCK), 1:57.08

Luca Urlando and Zach Harting ended up producing matching 1:55.21s to win their respective semi-finals and qualify tied for first heading into tomorrow’s 200 fly final, but the real story of the semis? It was Trenton Julian, who attacked the second heat with reckless abandon—and held on reasonably well.

Julian, who came into the meet ranked first among Americans this season with his 1:55.77 best time at the Atlanta Classic one month ago, blasted out with splits of 25.11/28.54/29.60 through the 150, turning just two-tenths shy of Michael Phelps‘ meet record pace with one length to go.

Harting made up more than two seconds on Julian on the last 50, splitting 29.88 to Julian’s 32.10, but the two finished very cose, with Julian just over a tenth back of Harting’s 1:55.21 in 1:55.35 for a new PB.

Urlando was very solid in winning the first heat over Gunnar Bentz (1:55.42), who went under his old PB of 1:55.51, while Nicolas AlbieroCorey GambardellaZach Brown and Brooks Fail also got into the final, with Gambardella and Brown hitting new best times.

Notably missing was Miles SmachloJack CongerTom Shields and Justin Wright. Shields was an Olympian in this event in 2016, placing second to Phelps at the Trials.

WOMEN’S 200 IM SEMI-FINALS

  • 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
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 2:12.56
  1. Alex Walsh (NAC), 2:08.87
  2. Kate Douglass (UVA), 2:09.99
  3. Meghan Small (TNAQ), 2:10.09
  4. Madisyn Cox (TXLA), 2:10.22
  5. Melanie Margalis (SPA), 2:11.25
  6. Torri Huske (AAC), 2:11.42
  7. Emma Barksdale (GAME), 2:11.52
  8. Beata Nelson (WA), 2:11.55

It was all about the NCAA champion University of Virginia in the second semi of the women’s 200 IM, as Cavalier teammates Alex Walsh and Kate Douglass went 1-2 en route to qualifying with the top two times for tomorrow night’s 200 IM final.

Walsh, who won the NCAA title in this event this past season as a freshman, was almost a full second back of Douglass after 50 meters of butterfly—with Douglass scorching out under world record pace in 27.08—but made it all up on the backstroke leg with a quick 32.91 split, opening up a three-tenths of a second lead on her collegiate teammate.

Then, Walsh extended that lead on breast, with Melanie Margalis, one of the pre-race favorites, well back in third. Walsh was up by almost a second on Douglass and two on Margalis at the 150, and out-split them both on freestyle as well as the 19-year-old Nashville Aquatic Club product put up a personal best time of 2:08.87.

That swim improves on Walsh’s previous best of 2:09.01, set at the 2019 U.S. Open, moving her up one spot into seventh all-time among Americans. It also ranks her third in the world this season.

Douglass touched second in 2:09.99, improving her previous best of 2:10.53, and Margalis was third in 2:11.25, safely qualifying for the final in fifth.

In the first semi, Meghan Small, who was seventh in this event five years ago, out-duelled Madisyn Cox for the victory in 2:10.09, smashing her previous best of 2:11.26 set at the 2015 Pan Am Games. Cox, the fastest American this season with her 2:08.51 from the Longhorn Invite in May, qualifies fourth overall in 2:10.22.

Fresh off making the Olympic team in American Record fashion last night in the 100 butterfly, Torri Huske qualified sixth for the final in 2:11.42, with her PB standing at 2:11.18 from the U.S. Open in November 2020.

Notably missing the final was Kathleen Baker, the second-fastest American in history, who recently announced she had fractured her foot last month. Baker put up a time of 2:12.95, and was actually the fifth-fastest swimmer in the field through the 150 before closing in 32.98 to finish 11th.

MEN’S 400 FREE TIME TRIAL

  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 3:46.78
  1. Jake Mitchell (CSC), 3:45.86

In an unbelievable solo time trial effort, Carmel Swim Club’s Jake Mitchell produced the swim of his life to crush the Olympic qualifying time of 3:46.78 in 3:45.86, effectively putting him on the U.S. Olympic team.

Mitchell really attacked the race, out almost two seconds faster than he was in the individual final at the 100 (52.63) and more than three at the 200 (1:49.86) before closing just a quarter of a second slower, 1:56.00 compared to 1:55.25 on Sunday on the back-half.

Mitchell’s splits:

  • 25.16
  • 27.47 (52.63)
  • 28.47
  • 28.76 (1:49.86)
  • 29.13
  • 28.90 (2:47.89)
  • 29.13
  • 28.84 (3:45.86)

If you haven’t been following along, only Kieran Smith (3:44.86) went under the FINA ‘A’ time in the men’s 400 free final, leaving the second Olympic spot up for grabs. If no one in the field that finished ahead of Zane Grothe, who was 11th in the prelims, managed to get under the 3:46.78 standard, then the Olympic spot would be Grothe’s provided there was space on the roster.

As the runner-up in the final, Mitchell had first dibs on the available spot—as long as he went sub-3:46.78, it would be his, even if someone else went faster. And he did just that, dropping more than two seconds from his best time of 3:47.95, set at the 2019 World Juniors, in the process.

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oliviailoveu
1 month ago

LET’S GO SMOGS

Pez
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1 month ago

I WANNA SEE SOMETHIN GREAT I KNOW SHE HAS IT IN HER I LOVE U OLIVIAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Floater
Reply to  Pez
1 month ago

Go Dawgs!

Konner Scott
Reply to  Floater
1 month ago

Smogs&dawgs. Love their ice cream.

Deepblue
Reply to  oliviailoveu
1 month ago

Rip…

Justaswimmom
Reply to  oliviailoveu
1 month ago

Heartbroken for Olivia 💔

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  oliviailoveu
1 month ago

Lol

SCCOACH
1 month ago

It’s Townley Haas time

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  SCCOACH
1 month ago

hard to call so far ….but we can wish him to step up his game

Stewie
Reply to  SCCOACH
1 month ago

Bring it Francis!

Dan
Reply to  SCCOACH
1 month ago

Good swim, hope someone will help him with his turns before the Tokyo

Bruh
1 month ago

Lily king: “I want to look intimidating”
Everyone: …

Biden 2024
Reply to  Bruh
1 month ago

She bullied a 17 year old girl in the ready room, and bragged about it with the NBC reporter. SWIMSWAM, post an entire article about this. THAT IS NOT OKAY!!!!! Zero tolerance for bullying, especially from a 2-time Olympian to a minor….

Thankstoall
Reply to  Biden 2024
1 month ago

No crying in baseball

Gregg Troy 2024🇺🇸🇺🇸
Reply to  Biden 2024
1 month ago

The ready room is a place where people commonly play mind games, just part of it

Anonymous
Reply to  Biden 2024
1 month ago

King clearly stated that she was messing around and intimidating everyone and Jacoby wasn’t having it cuz she made the team and King does this to sike people out and that’s always been how she gets ready and mentioned this to tell how tough Jacoby is cuz not often you see swimmers that don’t get fazed like that when King is in the locker room. Again, that’s how King gets ready and it isn’t wasn’t intended for bullying it was how she usually gets ready. Yes, it’s strange and out of context, but it’s just how she gets ready and nothing more or personal with Jacoby.

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Martha
Reply to  Biden 2024
1 month ago

She can be intimidating in her own space ! She is a bully and that’s not ok. She can’t be in someone face right before their start! Is she afraid of 17 years old ?!!!!!

Lead by Example
Reply to  Biden 2024
1 month ago

Lily thinks that because she is the WR holder, she gets a pass to have a “personality” that is somewhat abrasive. Well guess what Lily, we see you now! You are a bully, and you do not deserve any glory for bullying a 17 year old girl in the ready room. What else do you do that we don’t know about? SwimSwam and NBC better wise up because this kind of behavior is intolerable to watch and should not in any way be encouraged.

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Illegitimate Buyden
Reply to  Biden 2024
1 month ago

you obviously missed the part where king hugged Jacoby and praised her.
Obviously u got bothered more than Jacoby!

Cate
Reply to  Bruh
1 month ago

Male swimmer:”I want to look intimidating”
Everyone: yeah, dude!
Female swimmer: “I want to look intimidating”
Everyone:…..

Bruh!

Swammer
Reply to  Cate
1 month ago

Could you tell me which male swimmers actively gloat about intimidating others on national television?

Last edited 1 month ago by Swammer
Bruh
Reply to  Swammer
1 month ago

“ I tried to mess with her in the ready room but she wasn’t having it” yes lily people aren’t scared of your small talk

John
Reply to  Bruh
1 month ago

She is on camera admitting to violating USA Swimming’s Safe Sport policy and action plan to address bullying. What a dumb move!

cookedlays
1 month ago

King to break the curse??

Meow
Reply to  cookedlays
1 month ago

Nah, Jacoby and Lazor will go 1-2 😉

1650 Onetrick
Reply to  cookedlays
1 month ago

Don’t jinx it

Comet
Reply to  cookedlays
1 month ago

Yes the pressure never fazes her

Unanimous NBC commentator
1 month ago

Ryan Murphy will go sub 50 swimming corkscrew, you heard it here first!

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Extra Broccolini
1 month ago

So I’ve been following all the action on SwimSwam for about 15 years now, but the swimming set before us tonight has me the most excited I have ever been. I’m especially looking forward to the semifinals of the Women’s 1500 Free… going to be a tight battle!

Swimfan
Reply to  Extra Broccolini
1 month ago

There’s no semifinals just finals of 1500

Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
Reply to  Swimfan
1 month ago

The final of the women’s 1500 meter freestyle is scheduled for tomorrow night.

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Extra Broccolini
1 month ago

Has swimswam existed for 15 years?

SwimmerNotSwammer
Reply to  Extra Broccolini
1 month ago

Wait swimswam has been around for 15 years?

SwimmerNotSwammer
Reply to  SwimmerNotSwammer
1 month ago

Lol I get it. 1500 semifinals and 15 years. I wonder if this is Coach Rob’s OT username

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Extra Broccolini
1 month ago

Swimswam was born in 2010 lol

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

It’s the weed. Don’t mind him.

Admin
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
1 month ago

2012! Just before NCAAs.

iLikePsych
Reply to  Extra Broccolini
1 month ago

The MKBHD of SwimSwam

Cate
Reply to  Extra Broccolini
1 month ago

Swimswam hasn’t been around for 15 years.

Editor
1 month ago

The likelihood of a world record at U.S. Trials is always relatively low. But is this session the best chance overall of seeing one? Women’s 100 back, Men’s 100 back, Women’s 100 breast will all feature current or very recent world record-holders.

Samuel Huntington
Reply to  Jared Anderson
1 month ago

Agree, I think Murph has the best shot.

PFA
Reply to  Samuel Huntington
1 month ago

I think both medley relays are favorites now and the last 48 hours have proved that to be true.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Samuel Huntington
1 month ago

correct , he was so easy in his semi race

Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
Reply to  Jared Anderson
1 month ago

From most likely to least likely:

1. Murphy
2. Smith
3. King

I predict that Regan Smith resets the US Open Record in the women’s 100 meter backstroke (57.92). Lilly King has a shot at the US Open Record in the women’s 100 meter breaststroke (1:04.45).

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Jared Anderson
1 month ago

Lol

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Jared Anderson
1 month ago

Regan Smith is no longer WR holder in 100 back

Dressel_42.8
1 month ago

Magic man Armstrong is sending people to the gulag tonight mark my words

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  Dressel_42.8
1 month ago

YESSIR

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  Dressel_42.8
1 month ago

Who wins
Gamer boy Ress
Magic man Armstrong

exswimcoach
Reply to  Dressel_42.8
1 month ago

How many people in Omaha do you think are asking “who the hell is this guy Hunter Armstrong?”

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  Dressel_42.8
1 month ago

F**K YEAH!!!!!

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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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