2024 Olympic Trials Day 6 Roster Update: 4 More Doubles Means No Roster Issues for the Women

2024 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS

On day six of this nine-day meet, the women ensured that they’ll be able to take all eligible swimmers. There’s still a path forward for the men to the same, but no guarantee that’ll it happen.

Women

There were four Olympic roster spots on the line tonight, and all four went to women who were either already guaranteed a spot on the team or were in line for a spot.

In the former category, Lilly King (200 Breast), Regan Smith (200 Fly), and Kate Douglass (200 Breast) each secured a second swim after having won a different individual event earlier in the week. All three are also veteran Olympians.

Earlier in the week, teenager Alex Shackell finished 6th in the 200 free, which meant she was eligible to make the squad as part of the 4×200 free relay team, as long as there was roster space. Her 2nd-place finish behind Smith in the 200 fly tonight guarantees her a spot on the team.

Additionally, Erika Connolly made the team with her win in the swim-off for 6th place in the 100 free.  This will be her second Olympic team.

And we say the above confidently because, at this point, 18 women have qualified for one of the four “priorities” for the Olympic team. There’s a 26 swimmer-per-gender roster cap, and only four finals events left (200 Back, 200 IM, 800 Free, 50 Free). Even in the highly unlikely chance that each of the spot spots at stake in each of the four events went to women not already on the team, it’d work out to exactly 26 swimmers.

Women’s Roster Through Day 6 

  1. Katharine Berkoff (100 back)
  2. Erika Connolly (4×100 free relay)
  3. Kate Douglass (100 free, 200 breast)
  4. Erin Gemmell (4×200 free relay)
  5. Katie Grimes (400 IM, 1500 free)
  6. Torri Huske (100 free, 100 fly)
  7. Lilly King (100 breast)
  8. Katie Ledecky (400 free, 200 free, 1500 free)
  9. Paige Madden (4×200 free relay, 400 free)
  10. Simone Manuel (4×100 free relay)
  11. Anna Peplowski (4×200 free relay)
  12. Alex Shackell (200 fly, 4×200 free relay)
  13. Regan Smith (100 back, 200 fly)
  14. Gretchen Walsh (100 fly, 4×100 free relay)
  15. Claire Weinstein (200 free)
  16. Abbey Weitzeil (4×100 free)
  17. Emma Weber (100 breast)
  18. Emma Weyant (400 IM)

*listed alphabetically by last name

Men

On the men’s side, Ryan Murphy qualified for his third-straight Olympic showing in the 200 Back. And for the third-straight time, he’ll be joined by another Cal Bear. Tonight, that honor went to Keaton Jones, who will make his Olympic debut in Paris.

The men’s roster is currently up to 24 potential swimmers, with only four doubles so far. That means, there’s only space for two new swimmers over the final four events (50 Free, 200 IM, 100 Fly, and 1500 Free) without having to leave some swimmers at home.

Should the US have to leave a single priority 6 swimmer home, then Matt King (100 free) would make the roster over Blake Pieroni (200 free), based on each swimmer’s final’s time as a percentage of the relevant Olympic Qualifying Time. If the US  can only take one priority 5 swimmer, then Ryan Held (100 free) would make the roster over Brooks Curry (200 free).

Men’s Roster Through Day 6 (Priority 1)

  1. Jack Alexy (100 free)
  2. Hunter Armstrong (4×100 free relay, 100 back)
  3. Caeleb Dressel (4×100 free relay)
  4. Matt Fallon (200 breast)
  5. Nic Fink (100 breast) 
  6. Bobby Finke (800 free)
  7. Carson Foster (400 IM)
  8. Chris Guiliano (200 free, 100 free)
  9. Thomas Heilman (200 fly)
  10. Luke Hobson (200 free)
  11. Drew Kibler (4×200 free relay)
  12. Ryan Murphy (100 back, 200 back)
  13. Aaron Shackell (400 free)
  14. Kieran Smith (4×200 free relay, 400 free)

Other Eligible Swimmers (Priorities 2-6)

  1. Brooks Curry (4×200 free relay)
  2. Keaton Jones (200 back)
  3. Ryan Held (4×100 free relay)
  4. Chase Kalisz (400 IM)
  5. Matt King (4×100 free relay)
  6. Josh Matheny (200 breast)
  7. Blake Pieroni (4×200 free relay)
  8. Charlie Swanson (100 breast)
  9. Luca Urlando (200 fly)
  10. Luke Whitlock (800 free)

*listed alphabetically by last name

Doubles Explanation

When we use the term “Doubles” to refer to a swimmer qualifying in more than one event, i.e., doubling up on a roster spot. If a swimmer qualifies in three events, for the purposes of the article, it would be considered two doubles. We track ‘doubles’ to determine when the swimmers’ next priority can be officially added to the team.

The Magic Numbers:

  • 6 doubles on either the men’s or women’s side mean all priority 2 athletes (2nd-place finishers) can be added for that gender
  • 8 doubles on either the men’s or women’s side mean all priority 3 athletes (5th-place in 100/200 free) can be added for that gender
  • 10 doubles on either the men’s or women’s side mean all priority 4 athletes (6th-place in 100/200 free) can be added for that gender

So far, the doubles are as follows:

Women   Men
Katie Ledecky – 400 Free, 200 Free 1 Kieran Smith – 400 Free, 4×200 Free Relay
Katie Ledecky – 1500 Free 2 Hunter Armstrong – 4×100 Free Relay, 100 Back
Paige Madden – 400 Free, 4×200 Free Relay 3 Chris Guiliano – 100 Free, 200 Free
Gretchen Walsh – 100 Fly, 4×100 Free 4 Ryan Murphy – 100 Back, 200 Back
Katie Grimes – 400 IM, 1500 Free 5
Torri Huske – 100 free, 100 fly 6
Lilly King – 100 breast, 200 breast 7
Regan Smith – 100 back, 200 fly 8
Kate Douglas – 100 free, 200 breast 9
Alex Shackell – 4×200 free relay, 200 fly 10

Some notes on the charts

  • Colors delineate priorities for ease of viewing
  • If there is a strikethrough, that means said athlete qualified in a higher priority
  • Bolded events were events added this evening

As a reminder, the selection procedures for the US Olympic Team are as follows.  The US is limited to 26 swimmers per gender and only 12 relay-only swimmers (which is shared between both teams).

  • Priority #1. The first priority will be comprised of both (i) the four best finishing
    Available Swimmers based on finish order during the Finals of the Qualifying
    Competition in each of the 100-meter and 200-meter Freestyles, and (ii) the best
    finishing Available Swimmer based on finish order during the Finals of the
    Qualifying Competition in each of the Events other than the 100-meter and 200
    meter Freestyle.

    • Limitation: If an Available Swimmer Nominated to the Team under Priority #1 in
      the 100-meter or 200-meter Freestyle declines to swim the 100-meter Freestyle
      or 200-meter Freestyle Events at the Olympic Games (pursuant to the
      opportunity given to that athlete under Section 1.3.9) at any time prior to the
      announcement of the Team on June 23, but remains on the Team pursuant to
      Selection in another Individual Olympic Event, no additional swimmer will be
      added to the Team in the 100-meter or 200-meter Freestyle. This limitation will
      not apply if the Available Swimmer is removed from the Team pursuant to
      Section 3.
  • Priority #2. The second priority will be comprised of the second best finishing
    Available Swimmer based on finish order during the Finals of the Qualifying
    Competition in each of the Events other than the 100-meter and 200-meter
    Freestyle.
  • Priority #3. The third priority will be comprised of the fifth best finishing
    Available Swimmer based on finish order during the Finals of the Qualifying
    Competition in each of the 100-meter and 200-meter Freestyles.
  • Priority #4. The fourth priority will be comprised of the sixth best finishing
    Available Swimmer based on finish order during the Finals of the Qualifying
    Competition in each of the 100-meter and 200-meter Freestyles

Junior Pan Pacs

You can read more about the Junior Pan Pacs roster selection process here. There is a cap of 20 swimmers per gender.

We had to do some roster recalculations after Alex Shackell and Thomas Heilman made the Olympic team, but the table below shows what we think the projected Junior Pan Pacs roster should look like currently. Remember, there’s a limit of 20 swimmers per gender, and there are still several events to go, meaning that some of the priority 5 and 6 swimmers may not make the team. Like for the Olympic team, percentage of Olympic Qualifying Time will be the deciding criteria if all swimmers within a priority can’t be selected due to the roster cap.

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C V
29 days ago

If the men cannot bring in Matt King, does that mean men only have 4 relay-only swimmers (Kibler, Curry, Held, Pieroni)? If that’s the case and since the women’s team has so many doubles, could Catie DeLoof (or even Beata Nelson in 8th) make the Olympics roster even though she lost a swimoff?

Pau Hanna
29 days ago

Looking here, it is not impossible that the men can’t bring 2 qualifiers in each event… not likely, but if there is only one more double than we get 27 men in priority one and two, correct? Or is my math off?

Last edited 29 days ago by Pau Hanna
Pau Hanna
Reply to  Robert Gibbs
29 days ago

Yeah I expect Finke and Foster to definitely qualify, and Kalisz and Dressel (fly) likely, plus at least one of the 50 swimmers to come out of the 4×100 pool. Very possible that Rose is our only new qualifier over the last 4 days.

CAS Swim
Reply to  Pau Hanna
29 days ago

Rose, Andrew, Casas, and a miler other than Whitlock qualifying would be trouble for King

M C
29 days ago

It is interesting why there are a lot more doubles with the females than with the males. The guys seem to be specializing more in order to make it through. Would be an interesting SwimSwam article to try to understand why.

The Magic Man
Reply to  M C
29 days ago

It’s not that deep.

Swammer
29 days ago

I think Blake P is gonna just make it. I think • Carson & Chase goes 1-2 in 2 IM
Top 2 50 Free my guess is that two of the Top 6 from 100 Free Will be 1-2 in the 50
100 fly: Caeleb & Dare (now we’re at 25)
And the mile: Bobby + Whitlock (still at 25)

So my predictions is that the US men will be fine

Last edited 29 days ago by Swammer
Paul
29 days ago

Are Luke Whitlock and Keaton Jones out? I don’t understand.

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
29 days ago

If there are any shockers to date, it has to be Lydia Jacoby and Bella Sims missing out. If I’m not mistaken, Bella Sims did not even qualify for the final of an event.

Swimmer
29 days ago

Is Katie the only one who’s a 4 time Olympian on the squad this year?

EXCALIBUR
Reply to  Swimmer
29 days ago

Yes she is

Coach David
29 days ago

Why is Lilly King not listed as a double with the 200 BR?

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