2021 US Olympic Trials: Here’s a Look at the Final Olympic Roster

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

With the completion of wave II of the US Olympic Trials meet, the US Olympic Swimming Team for Tokyo is now finalized. 

The team consists of 26 women and 23 men, led by names such as Katie Ledecky, Caeleb Dressel, Michael Andrew, Chase Kalisz, and Lilly King

The team also consists of 11 teenagers, with the youngest being 15-year-old Katie Grimes out of the Sandpipers of Nevada. Although there was nobody that young on the team in 2016, Elizabeth Beisel and Katie Ledecky both made their first Olympics at that age, in 2008 and 2012, respectively. The 2012 team featured 5 teenagers, while the 2012 team had 7. Grimes’ teammate Bella Sims is the second-youngest swimmer on the team at only 16-years-old.

Teenagers on the 2021 US Olympic Swim Team:

One major absence in the roster comes in the form of Olympic gold medalist Ryan Held, who finished 6th overall in the 100m freestyle. Although this would typically qualify him for the team via a relay only position, USA swimming hit the maximum number of relay only swimmers that they can bring. Therefore, based off of world ranking, Held became the odd-man out, leaving him off of the team. 

  • You can read an explanation of the rule here

Katie Ledecky leads the women’s side with 4 individual events plus the 4×200 freestyle relay on her schedule for Tokyo. Ledecky also swam the 4×100 freestyle relay in Rio, so she may be on deck for that event. On the men’s side, Caeleb Dressel and Michael Andrew are each slated to swim 3 individual events. Both men will most likely make their way on to the men’s 4×100 medley relay and the mixed 4×100 medley relay, while Dressel is also in line for the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay. It is possible that Dressel may also compete in the 4×200 freestyle relay as he swam a personal best during the event’s prelims. 

Women:

  1. Emma Weyant: 400 IM
  2. Torri Huske: 100 fly
  3. Katie Ledecky: 200 free, 400 free, 800 free, 1500 free, 4×200 free relay
  4. Regan Smith: 100 back, 200 fly
  5. Lilly King: 100 breast, 200 breast
  6. Allison Schmitt: 200 free, 4×200 free relay, 4×100 free relay
  7. Paige Madden: 400 free, 4×200 free relay
  8. Katie McLaughlin: 4×200 free relay
  9. Alex Walsh: 200 IM
  10. Hali Flickinger: 400 IM, 200 fly
  11. Annie Lazor: 200 breast
  12. Abbey Weitzeil: 100 free, 4×100 free relay, 50 free
  13. Simone Manuel: 50 free
  14. Erika Brown: 100 free, 4×100 free relay
  15. Olivia Smoliga: 4×100 free relay
  16. Natalie Hinds: 4×100 free relay
  17. Claire Curzan: 100 fly
  18. Rhyan White: 100 back, 200 back
  19. Lydia Jacoby: 100 breast
  20. Kate Douglass: 200 IM
  21. Erica Sullivan: 1500 free
  22. Phoebe Bacon: 200 back
  23. Katie Grimes: 800 free
  24. Bella Sims: 4×200 free relay
  25. Catie DeLoof: 4×100 free relay
  26. Brooke Forde: 4×200 free relay

Men:

  1. Chase Kalisz: 400 IM, 200 IM
  2. Kieran Smith: 400 free, 200 free, 4×200 free relay
  3. Michael Andrew: 100 breast, 200 IM, 50 free 
  4. Townley Haas: 200 free, 4×200 free relay
  5. Drew Kibler: 4×200 free relay
  6. Andrew Seliskar: 4×200 free relay
  7. Ryan Murphy: 100 back, 200 back
  8. Zach Harting: 200 fly
  9. Bobby Finke: 800 free, 1500 free
  10. Nic Fink: 200 breast
  11. Caeleb Dressel: 100 free, 100 fly, 4×100 free relay, 50 free
  12. Zach Apple: 100 free, 4×200 free relay, 4×100 free relay
  13. Blake Pieroni: 4×100 free relay
  14. Brooks Curry: 4×100 free relay
  15. Jay Litherland: 400 IM
  16. Jake Mitchell: 400 free
  17. Andrew Wilson: 100 breast, 200 breast
  18. Hunter Armstrong: 100 back
  19. Gunnar Bentz: 200 fly
  20. Michael Brinegar: 800 free, 1500 free 
  21. Bryce Mefford: 200 back
  22. Tom Shields: 100 fly
  23. Bowe Becker, 4×100 free relay
  24. Patrick Callan: 4×200 free relay

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Wahooswimfan
1 month ago

Alex Walsh is also a teen.

Wave 1.5 Qualifier
Reply to  Wahooswimfan
1 month ago

Jake Mitchell?

Hswimmer
Reply to  Wahooswimfan
1 month ago

I think she will be 20 by the games, no?

Wahooswimfan
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

Turns 20 July 31, but finals of Women’s 200 IM is July 28 so she’s a teen for her event.

PVSFree
Reply to  Wahooswimfan
1 month ago

Wow that’s a great way to celebrate your 20th birthday, hanging out in Tokyo as an Olympic athlete

Jack
Reply to  Wahooswimfan
1 month ago

Typically I believe age for a meet is calculated as the age the swimmer will be on the last day of the meet, so that may be the reason not to have listed her.

Osd
Reply to  Jack
1 month ago

USA Swimming age is based on the first day of the meet, not last day

Jack
Reply to  Osd
1 month ago

You’re 100% right. Don’t know what the heck I was thinking!

Dan
Reply to  Jack
1 month ago

Most countries do follow FINA which bases the age on the year you are born instead of the date, so someone born 12/31/2005 is assigned the same age as someone born 1/1/2005.

Fly 100
1 month ago

Assistants ?

Bring the kid
1 month ago

no Ryan Held?

P K
Reply to  Bring the kid
1 month ago

FINA only allows 12 relay only swimmers, but there are 13 distinct relay only swimmers. Based on USA Swimming’s procedure, he gets left off because he has the lowest modified world rank of the sixth place swimmers using Trials results.

wow
1 month ago

Regarding the coaches, this makes the most sense to me:

Men
Bauerle
Troy or Nesty
Looze (Pieroni, Apple, Brinegar – has 3 men, 2 women on OLY team)
*I don’t see Eddie accepting a position.

Women
Aiken
Desorbo
McKeever or Bowman

Last edited 1 month ago by wow
Joel Lin
Reply to  wow
1 month ago

Outrageous the Sandpipers coach didn’t get a spot on the staff.

Same old same old. Bowman knows the game.

Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
Reply to  Joel Lin
1 month ago

Sun Devil Swimming
Flickinger, Hali
Schmitt, Allison

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

yeah–kind of tough to say, since it’s 2 vs. 3 events, but frankly Flickinger and Schmitt are both more central to USA medal hopes than any of the three (incredibly fast) SAND swimmers

Coach
Reply to  Joe
1 month ago

Bowman has more swims (not swimmers), and one of those swims has gold medal potential. Right or wrong, they historically go with medal potential over number of swimmers.

Last edited 1 month ago by Coach
BillyBob
Reply to  Coach
1 month ago

Then give peter Andrew a spot!

Coach
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

Peter is on the staff.

Last edited 1 month ago by Coach
jjswims
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

his usefulness is so limited. MA swims fast anyway, and who else would he be able to help?

Coachy
Reply to  jjswims
1 month ago

So your argument is that MA can swim fast without a coach and the others can’t?

Joe
Reply to  Joel Lin
1 month ago

is this confirmed?

Coach
Reply to  Joel Lin
1 month ago

Does anyone think that it’s Bowman that is the least deserving?

Last edited 1 month ago by Coach
Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
1 month ago

re Held:
I think the rule is a little rough. It’s surely easier to rank higher in the world in 200 than in 100? And stratigically US needs Held more than Callan at this point. You can put Pieroni or Dressel in 4×200 prelim, but who will you put in 4×100 prelim without Held? Haas? Or just let Apple swim the prelim? US needs more options to battle with Russia for gold in this one.

P K
Reply to  Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
1 month ago

It is worth noting that if they used FINA power points instead, Callan would get left home:

Forde: Women’s 200 Free – 1:57.61 = 886-887
Held: Men’s 100 Free – 48.46 = 907
Callan: Men’s 200 Free – 1:46.49 = 878-879

The other tiebreaker listed in another part of the protocol is the modified world record ratio:

Held: 46.91 / 48.46 = .968
Callan: 102.00 / 106.49 = .958
Forde: 112.98 / 117.61 = .961

Under this calculation, Callan is also left home (this is similar to how FINA power points work).

Jackman
Reply to  P K
1 month ago

Basing it off world record also seems wrong – a men’s 200 freestyler would be more likely to be left off because of how fast the 1:42.00 world record is. Nobody in the world is close to that time so it doesn’t seem fair to base team selection off of it.

P K
Reply to  Jackman
1 month ago

You get similar results if you scale against modified world ranking fastest swim (although I don’t think that’s one of the approaches in the selection criteria). Whether any of these approaches makes “more” sense for selecting the best swimmer, I don’t know.

Stefan
Reply to  Jackman
1 month ago

Another way of looking at it, is that Held and Callan both cleared the Olympic Qualifying Times (OQT) in their respective events, while Forde did not.

Held: Men’s 100 Free – 48.46 / OQT 48.57
Callan: Men’s 200 Free – 1:46.49 / OQT 1:47.02
Forde: Women’s 200 Free – 1:57.61 / OQT 1:57.28

dresselgoat
Reply to  Stefan
1 month ago

That’s interesting a relay only swimming who didn’t make the OQT gets priority over a relay only swimmer who did but is in a much faster/competitive event. But that does sound like Fina.

Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
Reply to  Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
1 month ago

Now Russia even has more options than US. They have Kolesnikov, Minakov, Grinev, Morozov, Girev, Rylov, Shchegolev all on their roster.

Blackflag82
Reply to  Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
1 month ago

Sorry, but is Morozov capable of swimming sub 49 in a meet this big…pretty sure it’s in his contract he can only perform well at world cup meets these days.

But realistically, this fright of the Russians is silly. Their options won’t translate to a faster relay, just more comments about how many different ways they could put together a 2nd place team.

Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
Reply to  Blackflag82
1 month ago

Morozov had a 48.0 at trials, and historically he swam very well in the relay. He only underperformed in individual events.
For now Russia has a better time on paper than the US, also with very good depth. I know the real competition is not all about paper and US always steps up on big stage, but it’s not wise to ignore a strong rival this early.

Blackflag82
Reply to  Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
1 month ago

I know, I’m just talking smack, and I don’t count the Russians out on paper or in reality. It will depend on who shows up for a lot of these events.

What I’m really getting at is this – having 5 to chose from instead of 6 is not going to spell doom for the US relay team like everyone keeps on about in these and other threads.

Swimlikefishdrinklikefish
Reply to  Blackflag82
1 month ago

The morning finals will mean they get a night of sleep right? Probably will go with Apple just to crank it in the middle lanes

Riccardo
Reply to  Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
1 month ago

If Russia has a weakness, it is that Kolesnikov who is a lock for the relay and Rylov who owns a 47.0 split from Gwangju will likely both have the 100 back semis in the same session as the relay.

Rafael
Reply to  Riccardo
1 month ago

They can manage not going all out on 100 back and qualify for final, but is up to be seem what will be done

HJones
Reply to  Blackflag82
1 month ago

Say what you want about Morozov, but he has been one of the most consistent relay performers in the 100 free leg over the past decade. Almost always in the 47-low, 46-high range.

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
Reply to  Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
1 month ago

Why are we scared of Russia in that relay? Unless Kliment decides to skip the 100 back, we’re going to see a repeat of his Euros performance, with even less time between the events.

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
Reply to  PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
1 month ago

Not sure why the downvotes, Kliment himself admitted how hard the double was: https://swimswam.com/kolesnikov-on-100free-back-double-im-not-a-robot-or-michael-phelps/

At that meet it was ~15 minutes apart, I believe the time between the semis of the 100 back and the 400 free relay is roughly 8-11 minutes.

ct swim fan
Reply to  Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
1 month ago

It is even more BS when there are only 24 men going from the US. Anyone know the purpose of this rule?

Jamie5678
Reply to  ct swim fan
1 month ago

I don’t know for a fact but I suspect that FINA doesn’t really like ‘relay only’ swimmers. There are some good reasons for this really.

It always seems slightly unfair that the 6th best 100 freestyler gets to be an Olympian when, for instance, the 3rd best 1500m freestyler does not. It’s sad for Held but there have been swimmers this past week who have performed better and who are not going. And it’s not as if the USA really need him to make a difference.

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PsuFan
Reply to  Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
1 month ago

Yeah I agree, pieroni is a good 200 freestyler who would have gotten the team to the final and honestly as much as I like brooks curry, I don’t trust him in an Olympic final over ryan held so I think callan should have stayed home

Ga swimmer
Reply to  PsuFan
1 month ago

Held should have swam good when it mattered dont take away from curry. He is one hell of a swimmer

Aqqq
1 month ago

When do assistant coaches come out?

Coach
Reply to  Aqqq
1 month ago

Andrew, Bauerle, Bowman, DeSorbo, Looze, McKeever, Nesty, and Troy. Kase for OW.

Swim3057
Reply to  Aqqq
1 month ago

Assistants named: Bauerle, Bowman, Nesty, Troy, Looze, DeSorbo, McKeever, Andrew and Kase (OW)

Swimmer
1 month ago

It seems odd that team USA will not take a full roster on the men’s side especially with two added events

deepblue
Reply to  Swimmer
1 month ago

Held gets left behind even though they have 3 free roster spots… shit’s not fair man😪

Cate
Reply to  deepblue
1 month ago

Try reading the rules concerning relay only swimmers. Yrs, it’s perfectly fair. He’s responsible for his own performance

ct swim fan
Reply to  Cate
1 month ago

You seem to know, so what is the purpose of this rule?

Swimlikefishdrinklikefish
Reply to  Cate
1 month ago

400 free relay is not the same day as the 100 final. So why should his performance matter directly in the final

Hmm
Reply to  Swimmer
1 month ago

The 800 as an added event doesnt really matter since it was the same two people who qualified for it as the 1500.

But yeah very weird why they wouldnt bring the max 26 athletes.

WillieW
Reply to  Hmm
1 month ago

They literally cannot due to FINA rules

P K
Reply to  Hmm
1 month ago

There are no discretionary selections for getting on the team; they’ve already selected all of the first and second place swimmers in all of the events, and they are limited to 12 relay only swimmers between men and women, so if they add another men’s relay only swimmer, they’d have to take one off on the women’s side.

Last edited 1 month ago by P K
Cate
Reply to  Swimmer
1 month ago

Take a look at the relay only rule. It’s not odd at all.

Coachy
Reply to  Swimmer
1 month ago

Are there 3 added events with the Mixed relay?

Last edited 1 month ago by Coachy
AEH
Reply to  Coachy
1 month ago

Technically, yes, but it doesn’t add any extra swimmers to the team. They will be those who already qualified for the individual races and medley relays.

Swimfish87
1 month ago

What about Jake Mitchell

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