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


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. 

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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. 


  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


  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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2 years ago

Its not Patrick’s fault that Held swam so slow, happy for Pat

Johnny Twobad
2 years ago

Curious how many on the Olympic team were NOT receiving financial support from US Swimming. Anybody know?

2 years ago

The B team…

2 years ago

I can understand mentioning Ledecky being 15 in her first Olympic appearance since she’s on the team again. But why mention Beisel who was also 15? How can anyone forget Amanda Beard being just 14 in her first games?!

Reply to  JDSwim3
2 years ago

The focus is on currently active swimmers?

2 years ago

I’d be curious of the Olympic roster breakdown by swimwear sponsor. Simone’s addition in the 50 looks to give Tyr the edge on the Women’s side… Any gambles that paid off?

2 years ago

Can the coaches put Manuel on relays?

Reply to  Dave
2 years ago


2 years ago

several missing in the photo

Terry Watts
2 years ago

I predict a lot of Team USA kicking butt and taking names!

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