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

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

As we move through the halfway point of these 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials (this will be eighth of 15 sessions), Tokyo roster spots will be back on the line in four events tonight, including two headlined by Katie Ledecky.

Ledecky, who has already punched her ticket to a third straight Olympics after winning the women’s 400 freestyle on Day 2, enters the session as the top seed in both the women’s 200 free and 1500 free finals.

The 24-year-old, who is the defending Olympic champion in the 200 and a three-time world champion and current world record holder in the 1500 (a new Olympic event this year), will have approximately 68 minutes in between the two races.

We’ll also see finals of the men’s 200 fly, where Zach Harting and Luca Urlando produced matching 1:55.21s last night to lead the field out of the semi-finals, and the women’s 200 IM, where Alex Walsh holds the top seed by over a second after dropping a 2:08.87 PB in the semis.

We’ll also see semi-finals in the men’s 100 free, women’s 200 fly and men’s 200 breast. Caeleb Dressel will race for the first during an evening session in the men’s 100 free, having come out of this morning’s prelims ranked fifth in 48.25.

For a full preview of the session, click here.

MEN’S 100 FREE SEMI-FINALS

  • World Record: 46.91 — Cesar Cielo (BRA), 2009
  • American Record: 46.96 — Caeleb Dressel, 2019
  • U.S. Open Record: 47.39 — Ryan Held (USA), 2019
  • World Junior Record: 47.57 — Andrei Minakov (RUS), 2020
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Kyle Chalmers (AUS) — 47.58
  • 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Champion: Nathan Adrian — 47.72
  • Wave I Cut: 50.49
  • Wave II Cut: 49.74
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 48.57
  1. Caeleb Dressel (GSC), 47.77
  2. Zach Apple (MVN), 47.78
  3. Blake Pieroni (SAND), 48.13
  4. Ryan Held (NYAC), 48.34
  5. Brooks Curry (LSU), 48.51
  6. Bowe Becker (SAND) / Coleman Stewart (WOLF), 48.62
  7. Brett Pinfold (SHAC), 48.73

Caeleb Dressel and Zach Apple took charge of the men’s 100 freestyle semi-finals from the second heat, duking it out stroke-for-stroke down the final few meters before Dressel got his hand on the wall first in a time of 47.77.

Apple took second in 47.78, making them the first two Americans to dip under the 48-second barrier in the 2020-21 season. They now rank fifth and sixth in the world, respectively.

Apple was also less than a tenth off his personal best time of 47.69, and was far and away the best closer in the field, coming back in a blazing 24.53.

Ryan Held, who paced the prelims this morning in 48.07, touched third in that heat in 48.34, advancing fourth into the final.

Blake Pieroni, fourth in this event at the 2019 World Championships, easily topped the first semi in 48.13, dipping .01 under his season-best set in the prelims.

Brooks CurryBowe BeckerColeman Stewart and Brett Pinfold round out tomorrow’s finalists—four names without much major international experience.

Most notably missing the final was three-time Olympian Nathan Adrian, who finished 13th overall in 48.92 after going 48.37 in the heats.

WOMEN’S 200 FREE FINAL

  • 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), 1:55.11
  2. Allison Schmitt (SUN), 1:56.79
  3. Paige Madden (UVA), 1:56.80
  4. Katie McLaughlin (CAL), 1:57.16
  5. Bella Sims (SAND), 1:57.53
  6. Brooke Forde (LAK), 1:57.86

Katie Ledecky and Allison Schmitt broke away from the field on the second 50 of the women’s 200 free final, and then on the back-half it was all Ledecky, splitting 29.18/29.85 en route to winning her second event of the meet in a time of 1:55.11.

Ledecky owns a season-best of 1:54.40, set at the Mission Viejo Pro Swim in April.

The 31-year-old Schmitt turned second at the 150 and then held on for her life coming down the stretch, with a hard-charging Paige Madden hot on her heels.

At the wall it was Schmitt getting the touch, 1:56.79 to 1:56.80, to qualify for her fourth Olympic team in an individual event, no less. Since the beginning of 2019, Schmitt has only been faster than that once: a 1:56.01 at the Knoxville PSS in January 2020.

Madden, who already qualified individually in the 400 free, takes third to seal a relay spot, as does fourth-place finisher Katie McLaughlin, making her first Olympic team in 1:57.16.

16-year-old Sandpipers of Nevada swimmer Bella Sims also looks to have punched her ticket to Tokyo by placing fifth in 1:57.53, taking almost a half-second off her personal best of 1:58.00 set in the semis. Sims moves up one spot into third all-time in the 15-16 age group.

Brooke Forde rounds out the Olympic qualifiers in 1:57.86, .04 slower than her PB from last night.

MEN’S 200 FLY FINAL

  • 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. Zach Harting (CARD), 1:55.06
  2. Gunnar Bentz (DYNA), 1:55.34
  3. Luca Urlando (DART), 1:55.43

In another crazy three-way finish, Zach Harting and Gunnar Bentz claim the two Olympic spots in the men’s 200 fly, leaving Luca Urlando, the man with the fastest best time in the field, locked out.

Just as he did in the semis, Trenton Julian took the race out hard, leading at every turn, with Urlando and Nicolas Albiero close behind at the 100. Then at the 150, you could draw a line across the top-five as Harting and Bentz pulled even with the leaders.

Down the final few meters it was Harting, Urlando and Bentz battling it out, with Harting creating a bit of separation on the final few strokes to win it in 1:55.06, just .01 off of his personal best time set at the 2018 Pan Pacs.

Bentz, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist in the 800 free relay, made up more than four tenths on Urlando on the last 50, to edge him at the wall in 1:55.34, improving on his previous best of 1:55.42 set in the semis.

Urlando, who swam a time of 1:53.84 in June of 2019 but hasn’t been at the same level since going to the University of Georgia last fall, takes third in 1:55.43, just the seventh-fastest swim of his career. The 19-year-old had also scratched the 200 free final to focus on this race.

Albiero took fourth in 1:55.85, marking his first time sub-1:56, while Julian ended up fifth in 1:56.35. Julian entered the meet as the fastest American this year in 1:55.77.

WOMEN’S 200 FLY SEMI-FINALS

  • World Record: Liu Zige (CHN) – 2:01.81 (2009)
  • American Record: Mary Descenza – 2:04.14 (2009)
  • US Open Record: Hali Flickinger (USA) – 2:05.87 (2018)
  • World Junior Record: Suzuka Hasegawa (JPN) – 2:06.29 (2017)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Mireia Belmonte Garcia (ESP) – 2:04.85
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Cammile Adams – 2:06.80
  • Wave I Cut: 2:14.59
  • Wave II Cut: 2:12.56
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 2:08.43
  1. Hali Flickinger (SUN), 2:06.73
  2. Regan Smith (RIPT), 2:07.89
  3. Charlotte Hook (TAC), 2:08.08
  4. Olivia Carter (MICH), 2:08.44
  5. Kelly Pash (CSC), 2:08.69
  6. Dakota Luther (ABSC), 2:08.82
  7. Rachel Klinker (CAL), 2:09.18
  8. Lindsay Looney (SUN), 2:09.56

Hali Flickinger put on a surgical performance to smoothly advance first overall for tomorrow’s 200 fly final by over a second in 2:06.73, narrowly missing her season-best of 2:06.68 that ranks her third in the world in 2020-21.

In the second semi, Flickinger charged ahead of upstart teenager Charlotte Hook on the second 50, and then after Hook pulled within four-tenths by the time they were at the 150 turn, Flickinger picked up the strokerate with the fastest closing 50 in the field (33.11) to solidify the top seed.

Hook, a 17-year-old teammate of 100 fly Olympian Claire Curzan with the TAC Titans, took second in the semi and third overall in 2:08.08, two tenths shy of her 2019 PB of 2:07.87.

Carmel Swim Club’s Kelly Pash, who swims for the University of Texas during the college season, broke 2:09 for the first time to finish third in the second semi and fifth overall in 2:08.69.

Regan Smith topped the first semi-final in 2:07.89 over Olivia Carter (2:08.44) and Dakota Luther (2:08.82), with those three qualifying second, fourth and sixth overall. Among the trio, Carter was the closest to her best time (2:08.22).

MEN’S 200 BREAST SEMI-FINALS

  • 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
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 2:10.35
  1. Matt Fallon (GSCY), 2:08.91
  2. Nic Fink (ABSC), 2:09.13
  3. Kevin Cordes (ABSC), 2:09.31
  4. Will Licon (TXLA), 2:09.39
  5. Andrew Wilson (ABSC), 2:09.48
  6. Daniel Roy (ALTO), 2:09.57
  7. Jake Foster (RAYS), 2:10.13
  8. AJ Pouch (VT), 2:10.76

Allow me to introduce you to Matt Fallon. But seriously, what a swim from the 18-year-old.

Fallon dropped more than a second off his best time to qualify first from this morning’s prelims in 2:10.13, and then turned things up a couple notches in tonight’s semis.

Racing in the second semi, Fallon looked like he was out of it early, turning in 1:03.67 at the 100—dead last in the heat, and 15th among all semi-finalists. However, he turned on the jets big time coming home, splitting 32.66/32.58 to run down early leader Kevin Cordes and touch first in a time of 2:08.91, obliterating the 17-18 National Age Group Record of 2:09.73. That record belonged to Daniel Roy, set in 2018.

Additionally, Fallon is now the ninth-fastest American of all-time in the event, moving up from 17th where he put himself this morning.

Cordes, who arguably looked the best he has in four years for much of this race, touched second in the semi in 2:09.31, followed by Will Licon (2:09.39). Cordes and Licon had a memorable battle for the second spot at the 2016 Trials, with Cordes ultimately triumphing and finishing in the runner-up spot.

Nic Fink cruised to the Semi-final 1 win in 2:09.13, qualifying second overall, followed by Andrew Wilson (2:09.48) and Roy (2:09.57).

WOMEN’S 200 IM FINAL

  • 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), 2:09.30
  2. Kate Douglass (UVA), 2:09.32
  3. Madisyn Cox (TXLA), 2:09.34

This meet has had no shortage of unbelievably close three-way finishes, and we might’ve just seen the best one yet.

Alex Walsh came in riding the momentum of hitting a personal best in the semi-finals, and used her strength, the middle 100, to move into the lead after Torri Huske had blasted the fly leg in 26.52.

Madisyn Cox made her move on the breaststroke, taking over second at the 150, and looked to be on the way to finally earning her first Olympic berth. Walsh’s UVA teammate Kate Douglass began to make her push on the freestyle, and then it was the three of them—Walsh, Cox and Douglass—neck and neck in the closing meters.

Despite her stroke tying up at the end, Walsh held on for the win, touching in 2:09.30 to qualify for her first Olympic team, over four tenths slower than the semis.

Douglass, who came back in 31.04, clocked 2:09.32, and Cox lifted her head at the finish, registering a time of 2:09.34. Douglass’ swim improves on her best of 2:09.99 set in the semi-finals. The 19-year-old is now the ninth-fastest American in history, and also the fifth-fastest woman in the world this season.

That gives the Virginia teammates Walsh and Douglass the two Olympic berths, and it marks the first time since 2000 that four different women make it in the medley events.

It’s a painfully close third-place finish for Cox, who set a best time of 2:08.51 earlier this season and placed fourth in both IM events in 2016.

Huske, who was almost eight-tenths under world record pace with her 50 fly split, ended up fourth in 2:10.38, improving on her previous best of 2:11.18 and moving up from sixth to fourth all-time in the 17-18 age group.

Meghan Small picked up fifth in 2:11.65, producing a strong 1:07.9 back-half, while Melanie Margalis, arguably the favorite coming in, was back in sixth in 2:11.77.

Margalis’ bid for a second straight Olympic berth appears all but over after missing in the 400 IM and dropping the 200 freestyle. In Rio, Margalis took fourth in the 200 IM.

WOMEN’S 1500 FREE FINAL

  • 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
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 16:32.04
  1. Katie Ledecky (NCAP), 15:40.50
  2. Erica Sullivan (SAND), 15:51.18
  3. Katie Grimes (SAND), 15:52.12

Katie Ledecky is fittingly the first U.S. Olympic Trials champion in the women’s 1500 freestyle, easily dominating the field for her second win of the night in a time of 15:40.50.

That showing marks Ledecky’s 12th-fastest swim ever, and the 13th-best of all-time, dipping under her season-best from the Mission Viejo Pro Swim by .05.

The race for second looked like it was going to be all Erica Sullivan, who was just 1.36 seconds back of Ledecky at the 400 and remained well clear of the rest of the field through the 1000.

However, with 500 to go, Sullivan’s Sandpipers of Nevada teammate Katie Grimes started reeling off sub-32 50 splits, making up ground. Grimes continued to gain all the way to finish, coming home in 29.43, but it was Sullivan holding on to book an Olympic berth in a time of 15:51.18, taking more than four seconds off her best time of 15:55.25 set in 2019.

Grimes, just 15, took third in 15:52.12, taking more than 15 seconds off her best time set in the prelims (16:07.33). That launches her up from fifth to third in the U.S. 15-16 age group rankings, trailing only Ledecky (15:36.53) and the legendary Janet Evans (15:52.10).

Open water specialist Haley Anderson was the fourth woman in the field sub-16:00, her first time doing so after entering with a best of 16:04.25 from the 2018 Pan Pacs.

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Dressel_42.8
1 month ago

Don’t be fooled, going 49.3 was just another trick by the great magician Armstrong. He’ll reveal his hand soon, and we will realize how much we acted like pawns in his game of chess.

Dressel_42.8
Reply to  Dressel_42.8
1 month ago

Trust me one time he made me go 6 months thinking I had a 11 fingers, when in reality my brother got sent to jail for Tax Fraud.

PenguinMan
Reply to  Dressel_42.8
1 month ago

wut are you smoking bruh

Penguin
Reply to  PenguinMan
1 month ago

PenguinMan! Hello. Why didnt you enter the pick ’ems? It couldve been a three way race between the Penguins.

Bruh
Reply to  Dressel_42.8
1 month ago

He stole my pet shark and started using it as a pace trainer

Khachaturian
Reply to  Dressel_42.8
1 month ago

Comment “Hunter Armstrong is a magician” if you need help and are locked in a basement

super classy swim
Reply to  Dressel_42.8
1 month ago

yes one time he tricked me into thinking i got sawed in half but in reality my mother had actually fled the country

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  super classy swim
1 month ago

The classic trick

Comet
Reply to  Dressel_42.8
1 month ago

He is playing 5-D chess

CheddaShredda
1 month ago

before ppl come in crying “WAAA lily king said something mean” id recommend checking out this list of great nba trash talkers. all goats who made the game more exciting.: https://www.sportszion.com/top-10-trash-talkers-in-nba-history/ this isnt unique to bball either, trash talking has also made soccer, boxing, football and plenty of other sports more exciting.

in swimming it was fun when le clos was shadow boxing in the ready room. it was fun when gary hall jr told the australians the americans would smash them like guitars additionally trash talk doesnt just lead to more exciting storylines, it leads to better results. phelps was fired up when he heard the french say they wanted to smash… Read more »

Penguin
Reply to  CheddaShredda
1 month ago

Jacoby is literally a kid who hasnt even made a name for herself in the sport yet. Ive been defending, even admiring, Lily’s boasting since her early college days, but what she did yesterday was pathetic.

Penguin
Reply to  Penguin
1 month ago

I doubt Michael Jordan was ever messing with high school NBA prospects ahahaha imagine

Cate
Reply to  Penguin
1 month ago

Why are you insulting Jacoby? She’s more than a “high school prospect”

CheddaShredda
Reply to  Cate
1 month ago

agreed. jacoby will be stronger after this experience too. shes now more ready for the olympics

CheddaShredda
Reply to  Penguin
1 month ago

i hope this is sarcasm lol.

jordan literally abused kwame brown, his own draft pick straight outta high school to the point where he completely ruined browns career. he broke someone from his own team not even a competitor

https://thesportsrush.com/nba-news-kwame-brown-was-a-victim-of-michael-jordans-abuse-jason-whitlock-calls-out-the-goat-for-spreading-the-narrative-that-the-former-wizard-was-a-bust/

Last edited 1 month ago by CheddaShredda
SCCOACH
Reply to  Penguin
1 month ago

Jordan was super nice to Kwame Brown lol

o yes
Reply to  Penguin
1 month ago

Jordan would bully and pick on rookies before they played a second of an nba game. People have described him as the worst teammate ever.

Brien Gerber
Reply to  Penguin
1 month ago

You haven’t seen the clips about Oj Mayo have you :). Either way I agree with your point.

AJThomas
Reply to  Brien Gerber
1 month ago

I agree with your point….other than it is factually inaccurate?

Landen
Reply to  Penguin
1 month ago

That’s EXACTLY what MJ did

Bruh
Reply to  Penguin
1 month ago

She has a very different attitude than other senior athletes who know what is going on in these young kids heads. Trying to get into the head of a 17 year old for your own good and probably lazors is the epitome of pathetic

swamfan
Reply to  Bruh
1 month ago

what did she do?

Marilyn M Merkel
Reply to  Bruh
1 month ago

Jacoby knows what she needs to do..the best is yet to come.

Swimmer
Reply to  Penguin
1 month ago

What did she do yesterday

Cate
Reply to  Swimmer
1 month ago

Something that hurt Penguins feelings.

Laneline
Reply to  Penguin
1 month ago

Agree. All the examples above are not trash talking to fellow country teammates. If I am Jacoby I am thinking King is not as confident as she portrays, as if you truly believe in your own abilities you don’t need to try an upset others to win. If you truly believe you are the best you do not even focus for a second on the competition. Jacob will be sure to use this weakness of King to take it a step further in Tokyo.

Regan Triple
Reply to  CheddaShredda
1 month ago

Every “trash talker” you listed here was either a villain or engaged in trash talk with people going back and forth. So even accepting your analogy, it’s not unique to lily king to be viewed as a villain due to her antic.

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  CheddaShredda
1 month ago

As a sport, I believe we try to be classier than NBA players.

bodybyfood
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
1 month ago

If what Lilly did was bullying, then this could be seen as a racist comment.

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  bodybyfood
1 month ago

OK. Enjoy tonight’s session.

Last edited 1 month ago by BearlyBreathing
bodybyfood
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
1 month ago

Since you originally asked how your comment could be interpreted as racist, before editing your post, here’s my explanation.

I’ve read the comments from last night and today. Most are outspoken against King saying what she did constituted bullying. Some disagreed and saw it as gamesmanship. When you say, “As a sport, I believe we try to be classier than NBA players,” you’re setting a dichotomy implying that NBA players aren’t classy. Why aren’t NBA players classy? Because they’re “hip hop?” Swimming is seen as the more affluent, “white” sport, and basketball is seen more with underprivileged participants, and as a “black” sport (~74% of NBA is African American, vs 1% identifying as African American in a 2014 USA Swimming… Read more »

nope
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
1 month ago

this comment is cringe

Harry Potter vlogs for Miller
Reply to  CheddaShredda
1 month ago

Just here to see Lily bully some parking signs in Omaha

Mike
Reply to  CheddaShredda
1 month ago

It would be really funny if Jacoby won Olympic gold. She wasn’t that far from King’s time.

Chill
Reply to  CheddaShredda
1 month ago

Does anyone know exactly what Lilly did? Y’all are acting like there was some intense bullying going on without evidence. She said it pretty sarcastically in the interview… Probably a brutal stare, lol. Anyways, it didn’t appear to alter Jacoby’s swim or confidence. Seems like some folks need to relax a bit.

Philip Johnson
Reply to  Chill
1 month ago

Nah they don’t, they are taking what Lily said in jest and are running away with it.

deob
Reply to  Chill
1 month ago

Exactly. We don’t even know what happened, and unless Lydia complains that it was too much, I don’t think we have to immediately classify it as ‘bullying’. And King brought it up to commend Lydia on even under the pressure, she was still able to make it, not to gloat about it.

Lord farquad
Reply to  CheddaShredda
1 month ago

The problem is king was punching down

Philip Johnson
Reply to  CheddaShredda
1 month ago

Chad did the same thing with Phelps but no one cared.

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

You don’t bully a team mate.

https://www.usaswimming.org/safe-sport

Jay Ryan
Reply to  CheddaShredda
1 month ago

Lilly was the first to congratulate Jacoby after the race and was clearly genuinely happy for her. Take it easy. This is our community.

deob
Reply to  Jay Ryan
1 month ago

Yes, even in the press conference afterwards with Regan she talked about Jacoby a lot in a good manner, even though she beat her teammate. It shows that King is not against her or anything.

mills
Reply to  Jay Ryan
1 month ago

Pretty sure she knew the camera’s were pointed straight at her; her face was likely plastered on the big screens in the arena. Find me a race where the 1st and 2nd place finishers don’t congratulate each other in the pool.

123456
Reply to  mills
1 month ago

2019 world champs women’s 400 free

46.xx
1 month ago

COME ON DRESSEL DROP A 46

Wave 1.5 Qualifier
1 month ago

Updated picks for Men’s 200 Fly Final:
1.) Harting
2.) Piano

SeaGark
Reply to  Wave 1.5 Qualifier
1 month ago

Batman Versus The Piano – Collector’s Edition*

50free
Reply to  Wave 1.5 Qualifier
1 month ago

Piano almost got him too

Harry Potter vlogs for Miller
1 month ago

Stoked for finals, but oh Lily. King has always been a 2016 Rio Ryan Lochte. Ya’ll just noticing because her target was young? If Jacoby was 18 (or Russian) you’d be, “Oh that Lily, what a gamer!” Morality, but just sometimes.

Landen
Reply to  Harry Potter vlogs for Miller
1 month ago

I forget how square a lot of fans of our sport are

PenguinMan
1 month ago

if Dressel doesn’t go under 48 in semi, I think he’s in some trouble… I thought he’d go 47.9 (what he went in SMOC in 2019 before worlds untapered), then 47.5, then 47.2 in finals. hopefully he can bang out a 47mid in semis tonight

Notanyswimmer
Reply to  PenguinMan
1 month ago

Lol it’s so obvious he’s in trouble. Everybody here is in absolute denial about the state of Team USA.

mds
Reply to  Notanyswimmer
1 month ago

Don’t you have some worthwhile way to gain validation? 10:25 is probably about the ratio of the population that gets yah-yahs out of this kind of childish behavior. How sad.

Monkeyseemonkeydoodoo
Reply to  PenguinMan
1 month ago

You’re so right! the guy can’t even go 47.9 in prelims smh, he might as well pack it up and scratch the rest of the meet

Joe
Reply to  PenguinMan
1 month ago

You realize this morning was prelims right?

AvidSwimFan
Reply to  PenguinMan
1 month ago

Y’all are too obsessed with fast swims. As long as the swimmers hit FINA A time, I don’t really care about the times. Get a spot, then go to Tokyo and get the times.

50free
1 month ago

Ledecky is boring to watch. Sleeping through women’s 200fly. Hunter armweeeaaakkk tbh. Michael andrew has great free technique. Lilly king is a great team leader. Caeleb is going 48.7. Really excited for Rowdy Commentary. Thankful for NBC covering this meet. Reply with anything I missed.

Last edited 1 month ago by 50free
Anonymoose
Reply to  50free
1 month ago

someone forgot to take their meds! lol armweak

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

I think the term is weak sauce.

Robert Gibbs
Reply to  50free
1 month ago

The entire meet is going entirely according to script. Everyone swam the 200 free. Nothing weird happening at all.

monsterbasher
Reply to  50free
1 month ago

I’ll rather watch the track & field trials than a bunch of pansies splashing in a kiddie pool.

USA
Reply to  50free
1 month ago

I love seeing the same commercial 4 times in one break

boknows34
Reply to  50free
1 month ago

Loving the Simone Biles ads

Anonymous
1 month ago

Dean going 46.8 100 free you heard it here first

Last edited 1 month ago by Anonymous
GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  Anonymous
1 month ago

Some random guy would go 47.0 but they didn’t let him in the semis because his arm is too strong

Anonymous
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 month ago

The name is hunter armstrong

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Anonymous
1 month ago

There’s probably a reason we are hearing this for the first time 🙂

poolboy
Reply to  Anonymous
1 month ago

This didn’t age well

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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