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 (8PM finals on Friday & Saturday)
- Where: CHI Health Center / Omaha, Nebraska
- 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifying Cuts
- Wave I & II Event Order
- LCM (50m)
- Day 8 Finals Live Stream (NBC)
- Psych Sheets
- Wave II Live Results
- Day 8 Finals Heat Sheet
Programming Note: Finals will be live on CNBC, rather than NBC, due to the U.S. Open.
It’s been a roller-coaster eight days of racing here in Omaha, and it all comes to a close tonight as the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials will wrap up with three more finals.
Despite tonight being the lightest session of the meet, it certainly won’t be devoid of star power.
American sprinting legend Nathan Adrian may have something to say about that, however, as the 32-year-old who has eight Olympic medals to his name enters the night ranked third after clocking 21.78 for his fastest showing since Rio in the semis. After finishing outside of the final in the 100 free, this will be Adrian’s last opportunity to put himself on a fourth straight Olympic team.
In the women’s 50 free, all eyes will be on Simone Manuel as the four-time Olympic medalist vies to make her way onto the Olympic team after finishing ninth in the 100 free.
Abbey Weitzeil scored her first best time in the event since winning the 2016 Trials in the semi-finals, clocking 24.27 to lead the field. 100 fly champ Torri Huske (24.45) sits second, and Manuel (24.50) is third.
Catie Deloof finishing first or second would do the same for Held as it would if Becker qualified. Deloof comes in seeded eight after going 24.68 in the semis.
Finke and Brinegar went 1-2 in Thursday’s 800 free final, with Wilimovsky taking fourth, just over three seconds back of Brinegar. Wilimovsky, fourth in this event at the 2016 Games, solidified his Olympic spot some two years ago in the 10k open water event.
The three of them are also the only swimmers in the field with a best time under the FINA ‘A’ cut of 15:00.99, with Brinegar sneaking under at 15:00.82. Wilimovsky is the second-fastest American ever in 14:45.03, and Finke swam a PB of 14:48.70 at the 2018 Pan Pacs.
Note: The Heat sheets indicate that the first race of the night, the men’s 50 freestyle, will begin at 7:15 CT. For television viewers, since the U.S. Open is still running on NBC, Trials will be live on CNBC.
MEN’S 50 FREE FINAL
- World Record: Cesar Cielo (BRA) – 20.91 (2009)
American Record: Caeleb Dressel – 21.04 (2019) US Open Record: Cesar Cielo (BRA) – 21.14 (2009)
- World Junior Record: Michael Andrew (USA) – 21.75 (2017)
- 2016 Olympic Champion: Anthony Ervin (USA) – 21.40
- 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Nathan Adrian – 21.51
- Wave I Cut: 23.19
- Wave II Cut: 22.71
- FINA ‘A’ Cut: 22.01
Caeleb Dressel used his game-changing start to launch himself into clear water right off the hop in the men’s 50 freestyle final, soaring to victory in a time of 21.04 to tie his American Record set at the 2019 World Championships.
Dressel’s swim also lowers the U.S. Open Record of 21.14, set by Cesar Cielo in 2009, and ties for both the fourth-fastest swim ever and the fastest textile swim of all-time.
The 22-year-old Dressel solidifies his entry into three individual events in Tokyo, as did the race’s runner-up, Michael Andrew.
Andrew, who won the 100 breast and 200 IM earlier in the meet, closed like a freight train to separate himself from the rest of the field and touch second in 21.48, just two one-hundredths off his personal best set at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships.
While Dressel chops a quarter of a second off his world-leading time from the prelims (21.29), Andrew moves up to #4 in the world.
Andrew is also the first U.S. Olympian in breaststroke who also qualifies in a non-medley event.
Touching third was the veteran, the all-time great, Nathan Adrian.
Adrian, 32, clocked 21.73 to finish third, .05 quicker than his semi-final swim to mark his fastest swim since 2016. This will be the first time since 2004 that Adrian is absent from the U.S. Olympic team.
The fourth man cracking 22 second was Bowe Becker, who takes down his semi-final best time of 21.83 in 21.78. Becker now ties for 14th all-time among Americans.
WOMEN’S 50 FREE FINAL
- World Record: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 23.67 (2017)
- American Record: Simone Manuel – 23.97 (2017)
- US Open Record: Simone Manuel (USA) – 24.10 (2018)
- World Junior Record: Claire Curzan (USA) – 24.17 (2021)
- 2016 Olympic Champion: Pernille Blume (DEN) – 24.07
- 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Abbey Weitzeil – 24.28
- Wave I Cut: 25.99
- Wave II Cut: 25.65
- FINA ‘A’ Cut: 24.77
Simone Manuel has always thrived under pressure, and she delivered in spades in tonight’s women’s 50 free final.
Manuel, 24, edged out a tightly-bunched field at the finishing wall in a time of 24.29, qualifying her for the U.S. Olympic team after missing the 100 free final.
Manuel’s time is her fastest since the 2019 World Championships, where she was the gold medalist in a time of 24.05.
Taking the runner-up spot was Abbey Weitzeil, meaning the two women that represented the U.S. in this event in Rio will do so again in Tokyo.
Weitzeil lowered her best time for the first time since the 2016 Trials in the semis in 24.27, and was just a touch off of that tonight in 24.30 to add a second individual event to her program. Weitzeil won the 100 freestyle a few nights ago.
18-year-old Torri Huske, who has already qualified for the team in the 100 fly, finished two one-hundredths off of her National Age Group Record in 24.46 for third, while Linnea Mack re-lowers her best time from the semis for fourth in 24.49.
Mack was disqualified in the prelims for a false start, but it ended up getting overturned.
The bottom half of the field all added a bit of time from the semis, with another 18-year-old, Gretchen Walsh, next up in fifth at 24.74. Walsh was one of five finalists that set a PB in last night’s semis, hitting a 24.64.
MEN’S 1500 FREE FINAL
- World Record: Sun Yang (CHN) – 14:31.02 (2012)
- American Record: Connor Jaeger – 14:39.48 (2016)
- US Open Record: Peter Vanderkaay (USA) – 14:45.54 (2008)
- World Junior Record: Franko Grgic (CRO) – 14:46.09 (2019)
- 2016 Olympic Champion: Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) – 14:34.57
- 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Connor Jaeger – 14:47.61
- Wave I Cut: 15:44.89
- Wave II Cut: 15:35.76
- FINA ‘A’ Cut: 15:00.99
Bobby Finke put on a Ledecky-esque wire-to-wire performance in the men’s 1500 free, jumping out to an early lead and sailing to victory by almost 15 seconds.
Finke, who won the 800 free earlier, finished in a time of 14:46.06, lowering his previous best time of 14:48.70 set at the 2018 Pan Pacs. The 21-year-old Florida Gator moves up from seventh to fifth all-time among Americans, and now ranks fourth in the world this season.
Finke was notably only a little over two seconds slower than his winning time in the 800 free (7:48.22) on the first 800 of this event (7:50.79).
Michael Brinegar takes second to Finke just as he did in the 800, sliding under the FINA ‘A’ cut of 15:00.99 in 15:00.87. The 21-year-old Mission Viejo Nadadore also finished just .05 off of his lifetime best set in 2019.
Jordan Wilimovsky took third in 15:05.29, 20 seconds slower than his fourth-place finishing time from the 2016 Games. Wilimovsky is qualified to swim at the Olympics in the 10k open water event.
Will Gallant was aggressive opening up and held second place through the 800, but faded down to sixth in 15:17.34. The 19-year-old was still less than a second off his best time set in the heats (15:16.73).