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 4 Prelims Live Stream (NBC Olympics)
- Psych Sheets
- Wave II Live Results
- Day 4 Prelims Heat Sheets
After getting his feet wet in the prelims of the 200 freestyle on Monday, Caeleb Dressel will dive into the pool at the CHI Health Center in Omaha in one of three events in which he is the two-time defending world champion for the first time on Wednesday morning.
Dressel will occupy Lane 4 in the eighth and final heat of a loaded men’s 100 freestyle, an event that features six men who have been under the 48-second barrier in their career.
Dressel will race alongside 2012 gold and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist in this event, Nathan Adrian, in the last heat, along with Zach Apple, Townley Haas and Kieran Smith, who are all coming off big swims in the 200 free final last night.
Second seed Ryan Held dropped the 200 free semis, like Dressel, and will swim in the middle lane in the penultimate heat, as will Blake Pieroni, who narrowly missed putting himself in line for Olympic qualification by finishing seventh in last night’s 200 free.
In addition to the men’s 100 free, we’ll also see preliminary heats in the women’s 200 fly, men’s 200 breast and the men’s 800 free.
The top two seeds in the women’s 200 fly, Hali Flickinger (400 IM runner-up) and Regan Smith (100 back winner) have already qualified for Tokyo, while the men’s 200 breast will feature several men who missed out in the 100.
That includes third-place finisher Nic Fink, who might be the new favorite in the event given his time drop in the 100. 2016 Olympians Josh Prenot, Kevin Cordes and Cody Miller will also be on the hunt to get back on the team, while top seed Will Licon and Daniel Roy will be among those trying to get there for the first time. Andrew Wilson, the runner-up in the 100 breast, will also be a major player.
The men’s 800 free, one of two new individual events this year, will have seven heats, including a loaded final one that includes top seed Bobby Finke, U.S. Open Record holder Zane Grothe and Jake Mitchell. Mitchell will be coming off the high of qualifying for the Olympic team (provided roster numbers don’t exceed limits) in a solo time trial last night, having produced a time of 3:45.86 in the 400 free to get well under the FINA ‘A’ cut of 3:46.78.
Jordan Wilimovsky, who has been qualified for the U.S. Olympic team since 2019 in open water, headlines the penultimate heat.
MEN’S 100 FREESTYLE PRELIMS
- 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
- Ryan Held (NYAC), 48.07
- Blake Pieroni (SAND), 48.14
- Zach Apple (MVN), 48.21
- Brooks Curry (LSU), 48.23
- Caeleb Dressel (GSC), 48.25
- Nathan Adrian (CAL), 48.37
- Coleman Stewart (WOLF), 48.45
- Bowe Becker (SAND), 48.61
- Jack Alexy (GSCY), 48.69
- Drew Kibler (TXLA), 48.72
- Brett Pinfold (SHAC), 48.83
- Adam Chaney (FLOR), 48.95
- Arsenio Bustos (WAC), 49.03
- Michael Chadwick (NCAC), 49.04
- Maxime Rooney (PLS), 49.05
- Dean Farris (VS), 49.07
2016 Olympian Ryan Held paced this morning’s preliminary heats in the men’s 100 freestyle in a time of 48.07, using the fastest opening 50 in the field (22.64) to hold off Blake Pieroni and win the seventh heat in a new season-best time.
Pieroni, who finished fourth in this event at the 2019 World Championships and is coming off a seventh-place finish in last night’s 200 free, was the only swimmer in the field to close sub-25 (24.95), giving him a nice rebound swim to qualify second overall in 48.14.
LSU’s Brooks Curry was a close third in that heat, taking two-tenths off his best time in 48.23 for fourth overall, slotting him into 16th all-time among Americans in the event.
Zach Apple (48.21) out-touched Caeleb Dressel (48.25) and Nathan Adrian (48.37) to win the final heat, safely advancing all three of them into the semis, and Bowe Becker won the first circle-seeded heat in a best time of 48.61 for eighth overall.
Finishing closely behind Becker was 18-year-old Jack Alexy, who smashed his personal best time of 49.31 in 48.69 to lower the 17-18 National Age Group Record of 48.78 previously held by Dressel.
Arsenio Bustos, also 18, dropped a best time of his own in 49.03, moving into fourth all-time in the age group (and ahead of Michael Phelps, who was 49.05 in 2004).
In Heat 5, Wolfpack Elite’s Coleman Stewart broke the 49-second barrier for the first time in a scintillating 48.45, good enough to qualify him seventh for the semis.
The time required to advance out of the heats this year, 49.07, was almost a half-second faster than it was in 2016 (49.55).
WOMEN’S 200 FLY PRELIMS
- 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
- Hali Flickinger (SUN), 2:08.14
- Dakota Luther (ABSC), 2:08.96
- Kelly Pash (CSC), 2:09.09
- Regan Smith (RIPT), 2:09.15
- Charlotte Hook (TAC), 2:09.55
- Olivia Carter (MICH), 2:09.78
- Katie Drabot (ALTO), 2:10.34
- Leah Gingrich (HURR), 2:10.44
- Lindsay Looney (SUN), 2:10.66
- Amanda Ray (FLOR), 2:10.85
- Rachel Klinker (CAL), 2:11.11
- Olivia Bray (TXLA), 2:11.29
- Lillie Nordmann (ALTO), 2:11.41
- Tess Howley (LIAC), 2:11.64
- Taylor Pike (TAMU), 2:11.70
- Alena Kraus (UOFL), 2:12.14
Flickinger, the third-fastest American of all-time of this event with her best sitting at 2:05.87 from 2018, was the 2019 World Championship silver medalist in this race and has already likely qualified for Tokyo after placing second in the 400 IM on Sunday.
The 26-year-old, currently training out of Arizona State with Bob Bowman, also ranks third in the world this season with her time of 2:06.68 from April’s Pro Swim Series event in Mission Viejo.
The battle in Heat 4 was much tighter, with Athens Bulldogs swimmer Dakota Luther (2:08.96) holding off Carmel’s Kelly Pash (2:09.09) and Riptide’s Regan Smith (2:09.15), qualifying them second, third and fourth overall.
MEN’S 200 BREAST PRELIMS
- 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
- Matt Fallon (GSCY), 2:10.13
- Nic Fink (ABSC), 2:10.24
- Kevin Cordes (ABSC), 2:10.45
- Daniel Roy (ALTO), 2:10.47
- Will Licon (TXLA), 2:10.58
- Charlie Swanson (CW), 2:10.62
- Jake Foster (RAYS), 2:10.83
- Andrew Wilson (ABSC), 2:11.15
- Ilya Evdokimov (PRVT), 2:11.54
- Reece Whitley (PCAC), 2:11.79
- Cody Miller (SAND), 2:12.17
- AJ Pouch (VT), 2:12.21
- Jonathan Tybur (GSC), 2:12.29
- Tommy Cope (CW), 2:12.51
- Brandon Fischer (LAC), 2:12.93
- AJ Bornstein (MICH), 2:13.14
18-year-old Matt Fallon is the surprise #1 qualifier out of the men’s 200 breast prelims, overtaking Nic Fink on the third 50 of Heat 5, and then doing the same to Kevin Cordes on the way home to touch first in 2:10.13
That time knocks Fallon’s previous personal best of 2:11.33 down by over a second, moving him up from seventh to second in the all-time 17-18 boys’ rankings. The National Age Group Record stands at 2:09.73, set by Daniel Roy in 2018.
Fallon also moves to 17th all-time among American men, notably overtaking Mike Barrowman, whose 2:10.16 won Olympic gold in 1992.
Fink (2:10.24) and Cordes (2:10.45) easily qualified second and third overall, while Roy won the following heat in 2:10.47 for fourth. Roy is the fastest American this season at 2:08.89.
Reigning Olympic silver medalist and American Record holder Josh Prenot placed sixth in the final heat in 2:13.42, ultimately ranking him 17th overall and out of the semi-finals, barring any scratches. Prenot, who won the event in 2:07.17 in 2016, has been as fast as 2:11.87 this season.
Also missing was 18-year-old Josh Matheny, a finalist in the 100 breast who owns a PB of 2:09.40. Matheny went 2:13.88 for 20th place.
2016 semi-finalist Reece Whitley rebounded after finishing 29th in the 100 breast, qualifying 10th overall in 2:11.79—almost two seconds under his season-best coming in.
MEN’S 800 FREE PRELIMS
- World Record: Zhang Lin (CHN) – 7:32.12 (2009)
- American Record: Michael McBroom – 7:43.60 (2013)
- US Open Record: Zane Grothe (USA) – 7:44.57 (2018)
- World Junior Record: Mack Horton (AUS) – 7:45.67 (2013)
- 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: 8:12.99
- Wave II Cut: 8:08.95
- FINA ‘A’ Cut: 7:54.31
- Will Gallant (MVN), 7:53.76
- Bobby Finke (SPA), 7:54.02
- Ross Dant (NCS), 7:54.98
- Michael Brinegar (MVN), 7:55.50
- James Plage (WOLF), 7:56.87
- Andrew Abruzzo (PWAC), 7:57.03
- Trey Freeman (FLOR), 7:57.07
- Jordan Wilimovsky (KSWM), 7:57.11
Mission Viejo’s Will Gallant dropped almost four seconds to claim the top seed for tomorrow’s final in the men’s 800 freestyle, winning the sixth of seven heats in a time of 7:53.76.
The 19-year-old previously held a PB of 7:57.55, set in April, and now ranks as the second-fastest American this season behind Bobby Finke.
Finke, who clocked 7:53.05 at the U.S. Open last November, won the last heat in 7:54.02, holding a one-second advantage over Ross Dant the entire back-half to qualify second overall.
Dant, who was third in the 400 free on the first night of competition in a big best time, chopped just over a second off his 2019 PB of 7:56.03 in 7:54.98 for third overall.
Michael Brinegar took second to his Nadadore teammate Gallant in Heat 6, clocking 7:55.50 for fourth, while Wolfpack Elite’s James Plage dropped a massive best time of 7:56.87 to advance in fifth from the non-circle-seeded fifth heat.
Plage, 18, moves into 11th all-time in the 17-18 age group with that swim, having set his previous best time of 8:03.84 back at the 2019 Summer Junior Nationals.
Zane Grothe, the second-fastest American ever in this event and the fastest among swimmers in this field, missed the final for a third time here in Omaha, placing 12th overall in 8:00.00. Grothe owns a best of 7:43.74 from the 2018 Pan Pacs, and was 7:58.04 two months ago in Mission Viejo.
That leaves open water dynamo Jordan Wilimovsky as the man with the fastest PB who will be in tomorrow’s final, as he hit a 7:45.19 at those 2018 Pan Pacs. Finke is next up with a best of 7:47.58 from 2019.
Jake Mitchell, fresh off his electric 400 free time trial last night, was well off the mark this morning in 8:11.25, placing 31st. Mitchell owns a best time of 7:54.70 from the 2019 World Juniors.
It shouldn’t come into play in tomorrow’s final, but you never know: only two men were under the FINA ‘A’ cut of 7:54.31 this morning.