2024 U.S. Olympic Trials: Day 2 Finals Live Recap


The second night of finals from the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials promises to be an exciting one with spots at the Paris Games up for grabs in three events to go along with four sets of semi-finals.

Following Saturday night’s magnificent performance in the semis, all eyes will be on Gretchen Walsh in the final of the women’s 100 fly, as the newly-minted world record holder looks to earn a berth at her first Olympic Games.

Walsh knocked three-tenths off the all-time mark in last night’s semis in 55.18, but still has work to do as she still needs to perform in the final to lock in a lane in Paris. The 21-year-old will be surrounded by the next two fastest Americans of all-time, as former National Record holder Torri Huske occupies Lane 5 and Regan Smith will be in Lane 3.

Huske went 55.79 in the semis, just shy of her lifetime best of 55.64, while Smith joined the sub-56 club in 55.92, becoming the 7th-fastest performer of all-time.

The session will kick off with the final of the men’s 400 IM, where Carson Foster will have the chance to right the wrong of the 2021 Trials when he coughed up an early lead and ended up placing 3rd behind Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland.

Kalisz and Litherland, who went 1-2 in the Tokyo Olympic final, could be the U.S. representatives in this event for the third straight Games if they manage to get past Foster tonight, but that will be a tall order with Foster the overwhelming favorite coming in, having won silver at both the 2022 and 2023 World Championships.

Foster and Kalisz both cruised to wins in their respective heats this morning, qualifying 1-2 into the final with Foster well clear of the field in 4:11.02.

The third final of the night will be the men’s 100 breaststroke, which could be a shootout after just 44 one-hundredths in the semis separated the eight finals qualifiers.

Nic Fink has been the proverbial favorite to win this race and give the U.S. the best chance at a medal in Paris dating back to 2022, but nothing he’s shown so far suggests qualifying will be a walk in the park for the 30-year-old veteran.

Fink comes in as the #3 seed, trailing Charlie Swanson (59.34) and Josh Matheny (59.42) after clocking 59.46 in the semis, while American Record holder Michael Andrew (59.65) is lurking out in Lane 7.

We’ll also see semi-finals in the men’s and women’s 200 free, the women’s 100 breast and the men’s 100 back. No surprises for the top seeds coming out of the prelims in those events:

The women’s 100 breast will feature 46-year-old Gabrielle Rose, who heard big cheers from the crowd this morning after the two-time Olympian set a lifetime best of 1:08.43 to advance to the semis.


  • World Record: 4:02.50 – Leon Marchand (FRA), 2023
  • World Junior Record: 4:10.02 – Ilya Borodin (RUS), 2021
  • American Record: 4:03.84 – Michael Phelps (2008)
  • U.S. Open Record: 4:05.25 – Michael Phelps (USA), 2008
  • 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Champion: Chase Kalisz, 4:09.09
  • 2024 Olympic Qualifying Time: 4:12.50
  1. Carson Foster (RAYS), 4:07.64
  2. Chase Kalisz (TXLA), 4:09.39
  3. Jay Litherland (TXLA), 4:12.34
  4. Ian Grum (DYNA), 4:15.06
  5. Tommy Bried (UOFL), 4:15.15
  6. Kyle Ponsler (WOLF), 4:16.53
  7. Gregg Enoch (CSC-IN), 4:17.64
  8. Danny Berlitz (CM), 4:17.65

Three years later, Carson Foster exorcised his demons under the bright lights.

After giving up a late lead in the final of the men’s 400 IM at the Olympic Trials in 2021, Foster made things right this time around, leading the race wire-to-wire to secure his first Olympic berth.

The 22-year-old opened up a two-second lead through the 200-meter mark, and although Chase Kalisz made up gained a second and a half on the breaststroke leg, Foster left little doubt that he would get the job done when it came to the freestyle, as he powered home in 58.01 to book the win in a time of 4:07.64.

The time is also the third-fastest of his career and his third time under 4:08—his two fastest swims are matching 4:06.56s, one from the 2022 World Championships and one from the 2023 edition.

Kalisz was in 2nd throughout the race and his position in the top two was never in doubt, rolling to a time of 4:09.39 to earn his third straight Olympic berth in the event and giving him the opportunity to defend his Olympic title in Paris.

Jay Litherland, who ran down Ryan Lochte for an Olympic spot in 2016 and then did the same to Foster in 2021, was lurking in 3rd the entire way but let too big of a deficit going into the free and ended up three seconds shy of Kalisz in 4:12.34.

University of Georgia’s Ian Grum used strong backstroke and freestyle splits to chop more than a second off his lifetime best and land 4th place in 4:15.06, just ahead of Louisville’s Tommy Bried (4:15.15).


  • World Record: 55.18, Gretchen Walsh (USA) – 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials
  • American Record: 55.18, Gretchen Walsh – 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials
  • U.S. Open Record: 55.18, Gretchen Walsh (USA) – 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials
  • World Junior Record: 56.20, Claire Curzan (USA) – 2021 TAC Titans Premier Invitational
  • 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Champion: Torri Huske, 55.66
  • 2024 Olympic Qualifying Time: 57.92
  1. Gretchen Walsh (NAC), 55.31
  2. Torri Huske (AAC), 55.52
  3. Regan Smith (TXLA), 55.62
  4. Claire Curzan (TAC-NC), 57.47
  5. Kelly Pash (TXLA), 57.72
  6. Beata Nelson (UN-WI), 57.80
  7. Lillie Nordmann (ALTO), 57.92
  8. Emma Sticklen (TXLA), 58.44

In an otherworldly final that produced three of the eight fastest swims in history, Gretchen Walsh backed up her world record performance in the semis with a near identical performance in the final of the women’s 100 fly, securing her first Olympic berth.

Walsh, out in a blazing 25.20 at the 50—less than a tenth off her American Record in the 50 fly (25.11)—fended off Torri Huske and Regan Smith down the second length to touch 1st in 55.31, the 2nd-fastest performance in history.

After breaking the world record last night in 55.18, Walsh now owns the two fastest swims ever.

Huske went under her lifetime best and former American Record in 55.52, the 4th-fastest swim ever, to punch her ticket to the Olympics for a second straight time in the event.

Incredibly, Smith, who had never broken 56 seconds prior to last night’s semis, threw down a blazing-fast time of 55.62, which ties her for #5 all-time in the event and yet she doesn’t crack the Olympic roster for the U.S.

All-Time Performers, Women’s 100 Butterfly (LCM)

  1. Gretchen Walsh (USA), 55.18 – 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials
  2. Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 55.48 – 2016 Olympic Games
  3. Torri Huske (USA), 55.52 – 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials
  4. Maggie MacNeil (CAN), 55.59 – 2021 Olympic Games
  5. Zhang Yufei (CHN) / Regan Smith (USA), 55.62 – 2020 Chinese Nationals / 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials

The three swimmers had vastly different splits, with Walsh’s drop-dead opening speed, Smith’s incredible closing ability, and Huske being right in the middle.

Split Comparison

Walsh Huske Smith
25.20 25.93 26.68
55.31 (30.11) 55.52 (29.59) 55.62 (28.94)

Without having done exhaustive research, it’s possible Smith’s 28.94 back half is the first sub-29 in history.

All-Time Performances, Women’s 100 Butterfly (LCM)

  1. Gretchen Walsh (USA), 55.18 – 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials
  2. Gretchen Walsh (USA), 55.31 – 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials
  3. Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 55.48 – 2016 Olympic Games
  4. Torri Huske (USA), 55.52 – 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials
  5. Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 55.53 – 2017 World Championships
  6. Maggie MacNeil (CAN), 55.59 – 2021 Olympic Games
  7. Zhang Yufei (CHN) / Regan Smith (USA), 55.62 – 2020 Chinese Nationals / 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials
  8. Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) / Zhang Yufei (CHN) / Torri Huske (USA), 55.64 – 2015 World Championships / 2021 Olympic Games / 2022 World Championships

Claire Curzan, who represented the U.S. in Tokyo in this event alongside Huske, was a distant 4th in 57.47.


  • World Record: 1:42.00 — Paul Biedermann (GER), 2009
  • American Record: 1:42.96 — Michael Phelps, 2008
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:44.10 — Michael Phelps (USA), 2008
  • World Junior Record: 1:42.97 — David Popovici (ROU), 2022
  • 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials Champion:  Kieran Smith, 1:45.29
  • 2024 Olympic Qualifying Time: 1:47.06

Final Qualifiers:

  1. Kieran Smith (RAC), 1:45.39
  2. Luke Hobson (LAKE), 1:45.58
  3. Drew Kibler (NYAC), 1:45.82
  4. Jake Mitchell (FLOR), 1:46.43
  5. Blake Pieroni (ISC), 1:46.52
  6. Brooks Curry (CAL), 1:46.60
  7. Chris Guiliano (ND), 1:46.83
  8. Aaron Shackell (CSC-IN) / Daniel Diehl (WOLF), 1:47.00**

**swim-off required

Kieran Smith put his foot down in the first semi of the men’s 200 free, asserting himself as a key player in tomorrow’s final by topping the field by more than a second in 1:45.39, his fastest swim in two years.

The 28-year-old veteran Blake Pieroni, who surprised many with a 1:46.09 clocking in the prelims to qualify 2nd overall into the semis, had another solid swim to advance through in 5th, touching 2nd to Smith in Heat 1 in 1:46.52.

The second semi was an absolute war with next to nothing between all eight swimmers through 100 meters. Top seed Luke Hobson started to distance himself on the third 50 and then dropped the fastest closing 50 in the field in 26.81, securing the win and Lane 5 in tomorrow’s final in 1:45.58.

Drew Kibler joined Smith and Hobson sub-1:46 in 1:45.82 for 3rd overall, while Jake Mitchell had a nice rebound after last night’s 400 free to move through in 4th in 1:46.43.

Aaron Shackell, who qualified for the Olympic team last night in the 400 free, and Daniel Diehl, who scratched the 100 back to focus on this race this morning, produced matching 1:47.00s which ended up tying for 8th, meaning we’ll see an incredible high stakes swim-off later on.


  • World Record: 1:04.13 — Lilly King (USA), 2017
  • American Record: 1:04.13 — Lilly King, 2017
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:04.45 — Jessica Hardy (USA), 2009
  • World Junior Record: 1:04.35 — Ruta Meilutyte (LTU), 2013
  • 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Champion: Lilly King, 1:04.79
  • 2024 Olympic Qualifying Time: 1:06.79

Final Qualifiers:

  1. Lilly King (ISC), 1:05.57
  2. Kaitlyn Dobler (TDPS), 1:06.42
  3. Emma Weber (CA-Y), 1:06.48
  4. Lydia Jacoby (STSC), 1:06.66
  5. Kaelyn Gridley (DUKE), 1:06.67
  6. Alex Walsh (NAC), 1:06.87
  7. Ella Nelson (NAC), 1:07.41
  8. McKenzie Siroky (UN-MI), 1:07.73

The Indianapolis crowd got behind home-state product Lilly King and King responded with a very sound semi swim in the women’s 100 breast, comfortably claiming the top seed for tomorrow’s final in a time of 1:05.57.

The swim is a new season-best for King, who came in with her fastest this year sitting at 1:05.67 from the Pro Swim Series stop in Knoxville.

USC standout Kaitlyn Dobler was the #2 qualifier for the final, clocking 1:06.42 out of King’s heat for a new season-best of her own.

In the first semi, it was a three-pronged attack from the University of Virginia training squad, as Emma Weber led the way in 1:06.48, knocking two one-hundredths off her best time, and Alex Walsh (1:06.87) and Ella Nelson (1:07.41) also set new PBs to qualify 6th and 7th into the final.

Sandwiched in between Weber and Walsh in the heat was defending Olympic champion Lydia Jacoby, who has yet to show the 1:05.7 form she showed earlier this season. However, Jacoby still comfortably made the final in 1:06.66, significantly faster than she was in the prelims.

Duke’s Kaelyn Gridley (1:06.67) and Michigan’s McKenzie Siroky (1:07.73) also chipped down their best times from the prelims to advance to the final in 5th and 8th, respectively, from King’s heat.


  • World Record: 51.60 — Thomas Ceccon (ITA), 2022
  • American Record: 51.85 — Ryan Murphy, 2016
  • U.S. Open Record: 51.94 — Aaron Peirsol (USA), 2009
  • World Junior Record: 52.53 — Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 2018
  • 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials Champion: Ryan Murphy, 52.33
  • 2024 Olympic Qualifying Time: 53.74

Final Qualifiers:

  1. Ryan Murphy (CAL), 52.65
  2. Adam Chaney (FLOR), 53.08
  3. Jack Aikins (SA), 53.23
  4. Hunter Armstrong (NYAC), 53.57
  5. Tommy Janton (ND), 53.61
  6. Jack Wilkening (MICH), 53.70
  7. Will Modglin (ZSC), 53.83
  8. Justin Ress (MVN), 53.78

Hunter Armstrong avoided a real scare in the second semi of the men’s 100 back, fighting back after slipping off the blocks and leaving himself with a massive early deficit.

Armstrong turned last in the heat at the 50 (26.37) but rallied home in 27.20 to touch 2nd behind Jack Aikins in 53.57, qualifying him 4th for the final.

Armstrong said post-race that the backstroke wedge didn’t set properly, and “the camera was right where I wanted to put my hands.”

In the first semi, it was the Ryan Murphy show as the 2016 Olympic champion powered to his first sub-53 swim of the year, clocking 52.65 with the lone sub-27 back half in the field (26.95) to boot.

Qualifying 2nd out of Murphy’s heat was Florida’s Adam Chaney, who ripped a new lifetime best of 53.08 to move to #11 all-time among Americans.

Aikins set a new PB of his own in 53.23 to qualify 3rd, knocking .01 off his best time set in the prelims. Known for his 200 prowess, Aikins had the fastest opening 50 in the entire field at 25.62.

Advancing through in 5th was Notre Dame’s Tommy Janton, who broke the 54-second barrier for the first time (by a wide margin) in 53.61. Michigan’s Jack Wilkening also improved on the PB he set in the prelims, bringing his best down to 53.70 after breaking 54 for the first time this morning (53.89).

Notably missing the final was Shaine Casas, who owns a best time of 52.51 from 2022 but ended up 9th overall in 54.08.


  • World Record: 56.88, Adam Peaty (GBR) – 2019 World Championships
  • American Record: 58.14, Michael Andrew – 2021 Olympic Trials
  • U.S. Open Record: 58.14, Michael Andrew (USA) – 2021 Olympic Trials
  • World Junior Record: 59.01, Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA) – 2017 World Junior Championships
  • 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Champion: Michael Andrew – 58.73
  • 2024 Olympic Qualifying Time: 59.49
  1. Nic Fink (NYAC), 59.08
  2. Charlie Swanson (NOVA), 59.16
  3. Josh Matheny (ISC), 59.23
  4. Liam Bell (CAL), 59.40
  5. Noah Nichols (CA-Y), 59.69
  6. Jake Foster (RAYS), 59.84
  7. Luke Rodarte (CAL), 59.85
  8. Michael Andrew (MASA), 1:00.11

It what was expected to be a tightly-bunched up final, and it was, but it was the reigning world champion Nic Fink coming out on top in the men’s 100 breaststroke to qualify for his second straight U.S. Olympic team.

Fink opened up a big lead on the first 50, turning 1st by nearly half a second in 27.08, but then he started to lose ground coming home as Charlie SwansonJosh Matheny and Liam Bell started nipping at his heels.

Although Swanson and Matheny got particularly close, Fink held on to take the win in 59.08 despite closing in 32.00—the second-slowest in the field.

Fink is the lone American sub-59 this season, clocking 58.65 at the World Championships in Doha en route to winning the world title.

Swanson has been on fire so far in Indianapolis, reeling off his third consecutive lifetime best in the 100 breast to likely book a spot on his first Olympic team. Swanson came home in 31.43 to finish in 59.16 and place 2nd, lowering his PB of 59.34 from the semis.

Matheny, who represented the U.S. alongside Fink at the 2023 World Championships and made the final, took 3rd in 59.23, just three one-hundredths shy of his best time set last year.

Cal’s Bell dropped more time after breaking 1:00 for the first time in the semis, bringing his PB down from 59.57 to 59.40 to place 4th.

American Record holder Michael Andrew had trouble closing and ended up 8th in 1:00.11, the lone swimmer in the final who didn’t crack 1:00.


  • World Record: 1:52.23 — Ariarne Titmus (AUS), 2024
  • American Record: 1:53.61 — Allison Schmitt, 2012
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:54.13 — Summer McIntosh (CAN), 2023
  • World Junior Record: 1:53.65 — Summer McIntosh (CAN), 2023
  • 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Champion: Katie Ledecky, 1:55.11
  • 2024 Olympic Qualifying Time: 1:57.26

Final Qualifiers:

  1. Katie Ledecky (FLOR), 1:55.25
  2. Claire Weinstein (SAND), 1:55.86
  3. Paige Madden (NYAC), 1:56.36
  4. Erin Gemmell (NCAP), 1:56.53
  5. Katie Grimes (SAND), 1:57.19
  6. Alex Shackell (CSC-IN), 1:57.42
  7. Anna Peplowski (ISC), 1:57.55
  8. Simone Manuel (SUN), 1:57.63

Katie Ledecky and Claire Weinstein went toe to toe in the women’s 200 free once again after Weinstein’s upset win last summer at Nationals, but it was all Ledecky tonight as she roared home over the final 100 in the second semi to qualify 1st into the final.

Ledecky turned on the jets on the back half, distancing herself from the rest of the field by a wide margin other than  Weinstein, who held onto Ledecky’s feet and had a very impressive swim of her own.

Ledecky clocked in at 1:55.25, less than three-tenths shy of her season-best 1:54.97, while Weinstein came within six-tenths of her personal best in 1:55.86 to advance 2nd into the final.

In the first semi, Simone Manuel got the crowd roaring with some outside smoke from Lane 1, leading through the 150 and showing some speed that bodes well for later in the meet.

Paige Madden, fresh off qualifying for the team last night in the 400 free, rocketed home over the last 50 to win the heat in 1:56.36, knocking eight one-hundredths off her personal best.

Anna Peplowski (1:57.55) also pipped Manuel at the wall, but Manuel’s time of 1:57.63 was good for 8th place and a lane in tomorrow’s final.

Erin GemmellKatie Grimes and Alex Shackell moved through to the final in positions 4-5-6, with Grimes establishing a new personal best of 1:57.19. Her previous mark stood at 1:57.55 from last summer’s Nationals.


  • World Record: 1:42.00 — Paul Biedermann (GER), 2009
  • American Record: 1:42.96 — Michael Phelps, 2008
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:44.10 — Michael Phelps (USA), 2008
  • World Junior Record: 1:42.97 — David Popovici (ROU), 2022
  • 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials Champion:  Kieran Smith, 1:45.29
  • 2024 Olympic Qualifying Time: 1:47.06
  1. Aaron Shackell (CSC-IN), 1:46.95
  2. Daniel Diehl (WOLF), 1:47.16

Aaron Shackell came up clutch for the second straight night in front of his home crowd, pulling off an epic comeback in a swim-off for the last lane in tomorrow’s final of the men’s 200 free.

Shackell was out-split by Daniel Diehl on each of the first three 50s, but after trailing by 88 one-hundredths at the final turn, Shackell rallied home in 26.91 to run down Diehl and touch 1st in 1:46.95, five one-hundredths quicker than he and Diehl went in the semis to tie for 8th.

Diehl, who set a big best time of 1:46.83 in the heats to move to #5 all-time in the boys’ 17-18 age group, was out quick in 51.47 at the 100, but couldn’t fend off Shackell coming home, splitting 28.00.

Shackell will have a great chance at landing a top-six spot in tomorrow’s final and a berth on the 800 free relay—he may get a chance to swim in the Olympic heats regardless since he’s already on the team—with his best time standing at 1:46.35 from a meet here in Indianapolis in March.

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1 month ago

Best case scenario for tonight’s 200 free Manuel and grimes finish 7th & 8th with the top 8 all under 1:57 That way it gives the coaches more option what to use on the relay. If Manuel and Grams make it in 100 and 400 IM

1 month ago

I will jump on the MA bandwagon..again..he hasn’t swam well in three years..there are no miracles in races..he used to be more unpredictable in his racing..in the last three years, he has been very predictable..slow..in comparison to years prior to 2021..
His breastroke looks like he is pulling a boat behind him, yet still can manage a 59 high..
I think his videos of sprinting 25 yds, and his coach asking for comments is very strange..I did comment asking to see his last 25 meter in a hundred..never happened. There seemed like panic in his training this year..his dad kept changing his strokes, his start, to the point of ridiculousness..
Why do people care so much?? I… Read more »

1 month ago

USA is going to take redemption in 4*100m W Free and W 100m Free…Mark This guys

G Walsh – 51.7 – 51.9
Simone Manuel – 52.0 – 52.2
Kate Douglass – 52.2 – 52.4
Torrie Huske – 52.4 – 52.6
Abby Weitzel – 52.7 – 52.9

Pea brain
Reply to  Gladstone
1 month ago

How about this:
Gretchen — 52.2 – 52.4
Kate — 52.2 – 52.4
Simone — 52.5 – 52.7
Torri — 52.5 – 52.7 (she’s looked really good so far)
Abbey — 52.9 – 53.0

Reply to  Pea brain
1 month ago

No, too fast across the board.

Aragon Son of Arathorne
1 month ago

No- this is completely reasonable. The person that gave G Walsh a 51.7 is too fast.

Reply to  Aragon Son of Arathorne
1 month ago

Just as casual 1.5 second drop as a mature athlete. Totally expected! I mean Douglass did it last year so why not another UVA athlete this year?

Reply to  Aragon Son of Arathorne
1 month ago

Bro she just went 44 in yards and smashed the world record in the 100 fly. 51.7 is not unreasonable

Reply to  Pea brain
1 month ago

Thats probably is the current potential best times for these swimmers but you are never going get them to do it at the same time.

Aragon Son of Arathorne
Reply to  Gladstone
1 month ago

do not see Simone beating Douglass. Douglass has a hot hand right now.

1 month ago

Uggh, the windbags doing the commentating make me have to put it on mute!!! A few words are fine, no need to go on and on. As the french would call them: moulin à paroles

Barbossa andrew
1 month ago

Did they announce how many people were in attendance at finals tonight?

1 month ago

What is the swimswam single article comment record because 1.6K is uh

Reply to  RealCrocker5040
1 month ago

day 7 of Tokyo has 1993 comments right now – that’s the day that started off with Finke winning the 800 and ended with the women’s 4×200

Fraser Thorpe
Reply to  RealCrocker5040
1 month ago

The community has grown significantly – the Olympics are going to be wild

Fast and Furious
1 month ago

Regan Smith is the big winner tonight. She’s going to explode in her other events- Kaylee Mckeown might be in danger

Last edited 1 month ago by Fast and Furious
Reply to  Fast and Furious
1 month ago

i suggest you hold your horses mate until after backstroke events

Reply to  Fast and Furious
1 month ago

I would be utterly surprised if she does not go PB and/or WR in her other events

Reply to  Fast and Furious
1 month ago

She might. But based on performances at the past few years’ major meets, Kaylee has the edge for me.

1 month ago

Just to make the comments 1600.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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