2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS
- Wave I Dates: June 4-7, 2021
- Wave II Dates: June 13-20, 2021
- Prelims: 10am CDT | Finals: 7pm CDT
- Where: CHI Health Center / Omaha, Nebraska
- 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifying Cuts
- Wave I & II Event Order
- LCM (50m)
- Day 2 Finals Live Stream
- Psych Sheets
- Wave II Live Results
- Day 3 Prelims Recap
Tonight is going to be electric in Omaha, there will be FOUR finals tonight alongside three semifinals for tonight’s two-hour adrenaline-packed session. Here’s a quick rundown of tonight’s events:
- Women’s 200 Free Semifinals
- Men’s 200 Free Final
- Women’s 100 Back Final
- Men’s 100 Back Final
- Women’s 100 Breast Final
- Men’s 200 Fly Semifinals
- Women’s 200 IM Semifinals
After a plethora of no-shows and last-minute scratches, the women’s 200 free semi-finals are now solidified to kick off the session. Leading each semifinal include No. 2 seed Katie Ledecky (1:57.58) and No. 1 seed Leah Smith (1:57.52). Be on the lookout for UVA star Paige Madden next to Ledecky, who placed 2nd in Sunday night’s 400 free final. Scratched into the second semifinal with a 1:59.48 morning effort out of lane seven will be newly-minted Olympian Torri Huske.
Then, the first relay event for Team USA will be contested, the men’s 200 free final. Highlighting the field includes another newly-minted Olympian, 400 free champion Kieran Smith, who is the top seed at 1:45.74. 2016 Olympians Townley Haas (1:46.30) and Blake Pieroni (1:46.84) will compete for their return to the Olympics while Zach Apple (1:46.22), Drew Kibler (1:46.70), Andrew Seliskar (1:46.95), Patrick Callan (1:47.00), and Carson Foster (1:47.03) will duke it out for first-time Olympic nominations.
The long-awaited women’s 100 back final will follow, featuring American and U.S. Open record-holder Regan Smith (57.92) and 2016 Olympian Olivia Smoliga (58.50) alongside the likes of all-time U.S. performers Katharine Berkoff (58.62) and Isabelle Stadden (58.99), Rhyan White (58.99) Phoebe Bacon (59.62), Catie DeLoof (59.90) and Lisa Bratton (1:00.18).
Defending Olympic champion Ryan Murphy of Cal will aim to defend his 2016 Trials title in the men’s 100 back, leading with his top seed 52.22. All aiming for first-time Olympic berths next to Murphy include Ohio State’s Hunter Armstrong (52.67), Texas A&M’s Shaine Casas (52.77), NC State’s Justin Ress (52.86) and Hunter Tapp (53.60), and Cal’s Bryce Mefford (52.86). Swimming side-by-side in the same final will be 2012 Olympic champion Matt Grevers (53.18) and newly-minted 2021 Olympian Michael Andrew (53.82).
The last adrenaline-filled final will be the women’s 100 breast, where world record-holder Lilly King will swim to be nominated for the 2021 U.S. Olympic team after nailing the top time in the world this season at 1:04.72. Behind King will be a tight race for the second nomination spot between 2019 Pan American champion Annie Lazor (1:05.37), talented 17-year-old Alaskan Lydia Jacoby (1:05.71), sub-1:06 breaststroker Bethany Galat (1:05.96), 2012 Olympian Micah Sumrall (1:07.03), 2019 U.S. Open champion Emily Escobedo (1:07.23), Michigan alum Miranda Tucker (1:07.26), and USC’s Kaitlyn Dobler (1:07.28). Joining the aforementioned octuplet to form a 9-woman final will be 2016 Olympian Molly Hannis, which you can read more about here.
Following the four finals will be two semi-finals; the men’s 200 fly and women’s 200 IM. Highlighting the men’s 200 fly include top seed Zach Harting (1:55.34), NCAA Champion Nicolas Albiero (1:56.13), NAG holder Luca Urlando (1:56.94), and 2016 Olympians Jay Litherland (1:57.67), Tom Shields (1:57.92), and Jack Conger (1:58.37). In the women’s 200 IM, NCAA champion Kate Douglass leads the field at 2:10.53 along with 2019 national champion Madisyn Cox (2:10.64), 2019 Pan American champion Meghan Small (2:11.48), and 2016 Olympian Melanie Margalis (2:11.33).
At the end of the session, be sure to watch the first of two men’s 400 free timed finals, where 9 swimmers will aim for the 3:46.78 FINA A cut, which will institute an U.S. Olympic roster nomination if achieved.