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
Day four’s finals session of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Wave II saw the closest 200 IM final in U.S. Olympic Trials history. Four-hundredths of a second separated 1st place finisher Alex Walsh and 3rd place finisher Madisyn Cox.
Three swimmers. Four hundredths apart!
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) June 17, 2021
The next closest 200 IM finish was at the 1972 U.S. Olympic Trials when Lynn Vidal took 1st place (2:24.46), Carolyns Woods placed 2nd (2:24.51) and Jennifer Bartz took 3rd (2:25.11).
They went on to compete at the 1972 Munich Olympics where Vidali won bronze with a time of 2:24.06 and Bartz placed 4th close behind (2:24.55). Woods ended up placing 8th (2:27.42). Remember that countries were allowed to send three swimmers per event to the Olympic Games before 1984.
This statistic was originally uncovered by Daniel Takata:
“So, despite being a very close race, there wasn’t much drama, as Vidali, Woods and Bartz qualified for the 1972 Olympics.
“Five years ago, at the 2016 Olympic Trials, Caitlin Leverenz missed the team in the 200 IM by a very tiny margin. She finished 3rd in 2:10.16, only 0.05 behind Melanie Margalis, who earned the second spot in the event.
“And that 0.05 was a margin even larger than we have seen this time in Omaha between the 1st and the 3rd places. A truly unbelievable race.”