2024 U.S. Olympic Trials: Day 7 Finals Live Recap

2024 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS

It’s Friday night everyone — what else would you want to be doing but watching and talking about swimming? It’s time for the seventh night of finals at 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials. There are five events tonight; we’ve got three finals at the top of the session and then two semifinals to close out the night.

The men’s splash and dash kicks off the night. This should be a frenetic race; it took a sub-22 (and for Adam Chaney, multiple) to make the final and while the top two could come from anywhere in the pool, it feels hard to bet against Chris Guiliano right now given the week that he’s had. But Jack Alexy won’t make it easy for him and neither will Caeleb Dressel, who’s facing his 50 free final/100 fly double semi tonight. Ryan Held and Michael Andrew will vie for a top two spot as well.

It should be the Regan Smith show in the 200 backstroke; she’s been having an excellent week in Indianapolis and is the American record holder in this event. She had the 200 butterfly final before last night’s semis but this is her only race tonight so she’ll be full throttle. There’s an interesting race developing behind her as Katie Grimes looks to unseat some of the best backstrokers America has to offer.

The last final of the night is the men’s 200 IM, which looks like it will be complete chaos. Chase Kalisz grabbed lane 4 with a strong swim in the semis while Carson Foster had a quieter race, moving through in 4th. That’s opened the discussion about whether this is is going to be the Foster/Kalisz show like the 400 IM of if there’s room for Shaine Casas or maybe even Kieran Smith to get into the top 2.

MEN’S 50 FREESTYLE — Final

  • World Record: 20.91 — Cesar Cielo (BRA), 2009
  • American Record: 21.04 — Caeleb Dressel, 2019 / 2021
  • U.S. Open Record: 21.04 — Caeleb Dressel (USA), 2021
  • World Junior Record: 21.75 — Michael Andrew (USA), 2017 / 2017
  • 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Champion: Caeleb Dressel, 21.04
  • 2024 Olympic Qualifying Time: 21.96

Final: 

  1. Caeleb Dressel (FLOR), 21.41
  2. Chris Guiliano (ND), 21.69
  3. Matt King (TFA), 21.70
  4. Jack Alexy (CAL), 21.76
  5. Michael Andrew (MASA), 21.81
  6. Ryan Held (SUN), 21.85
  7. Quintin McCarty (WOLF), 21.97
  8. Adam Chaney (FLOR), 22.08

Caeleb Dressel is back on top.

After qualifying for Paris in the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay by virtue of his third place finish, Dressel has added his first individual event to his schedule by storming to the win in the men’s 50 freestyle.

Dressel exploded off the blocks and charged through the splash and dash, clocking a 21.41 for the win. Not only is that his fastest time since 2022, it ranks him 4th in the world this year, .07 seconds ahead of his Florida training partner Josh Liendo.

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Chris Guiliano added a tenth from his semifinal swim, but still got his hand on the wall a hundredth ahead of Matt King for second place. With the swim, Guiliano becomes the first American man since Matt Biondi to qualify for the 50/100/200 freestyle individually. While finishing a heart-breaking third place in as small a margin as possible, King took a tenth off his lifetime best in 21.70.

WOMEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE — Final

  • World Record: 2:03.14 — Kaylee McKeown (AUS), 2023
  • American Record: 2:03.35 — Regan Smith, 2019
  • U.S. Open Record: 2:03.80 — Regan Smith (USA), 2023
  • World Junior Record: 2:19.64 – 2:03.35 — Regan Smith (USA), 2019
  • 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Champion: Rhyan White, 2:05.73
  • 2024 Olympic Qualifying Time: 2:10.39

Final: 

  1. Regan Smith (SUN), 2:05.16
  2. Phoebe Bacon (UW), 2:06.27
  3. Claire Curzan (TAC), 2:06.34
  4. Kennedy Noble (WOLF), 2:07.52
  5. Rhyan White (WOLF), 2:07.64
  6. Katie Grimes (SAND), 2:07.72
  7. Isabelle Stadden (CAL), 2:08.77
  8. Teagan O’Dell (MVN), 2:09.21

Regan Smith took control of this race from the start. She opened in a 29.16, .18 seconds under Kaylee McKeown‘s world record pace. She picked up more time on the second 50 with a 31.28, flipping in 1:00.44 and .29 seconds ahead of McKeown.

McKeown always brings a strong back half to her races and it was on the third 50 that Smith began to fall off the pace. But she still held a commanding lead of almost a second ahead of the rest of the field, where there was a close race developing for second between Claire Curzan and Phoebe Bacon.

Smith said after the race that she “ran out of gas” on the final 50 meters but still held it together with a 32.90 split, the fastest in the field. She touched in 2:05.16, earning her first Olympic 200 backstroke berth.

Meanwhile, Curzan was running second for the first 185 meters of this race. She held just a .03 second advantage over Bacon, which looked bigger as they came down the stretch. But Bacon found an extra gear in the closing meters, splitting 32.92 to Curzan’s 33.02. At the touch it was Bacon who became the two-time Olympian in 2:06.27, getting the better of Curzan’s 2:06.34. Bacon’s time now ranks fifth in the world this year.

MEN’S 200 IM — Final

  • World Record: 1:54.00 — Ryan Lochte (USA), 2011
  • American Record: 1:54.00 — Ryan Lochte (USA), 2011
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:54.56 — Ryan Lochte (USA), 2009
  • World Junior Record: 1:56.99 – Hubert Kos (HUN), 2021
  • 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Champion: Michael Andrew, 1:55.44
  • 2024 Olympic Qualifying Time: 1:57.94

Final:

  1. Carson Foster (RAYS), 1:55.65
  2. Shaine Casas (TXLA), 1:55.83
  3. Kieran Smith (RAC), 1:56.97
  4. Chase Kalisz (TXLA), 1:57.17
  5. Owen McDonald (ISC), 1:57.51
  6. Arsenio Bustos (WOLF), 1:58.26
  7. Grant House (SUN), 1:58.35
  8. Will Modglin (ISC), 1:58.44

Carson Foster won this race, sweeping the men’s IMs this week in Indianapolis. He clocked a 1:55.65, good for second in the world this season. But this race was all about Shaine Casas.

Casas was out incredibly fast. He opened the race in 23.79, a whopping 1.80 seconds under Ryan Lochte‘s world record pace. After just 50 meters, he was .81 seconds ahead of the second-fastest swimmer, Grant House (24.60). Casas was still under world record pace at the halfway point, splitting a 28.89 on backstroke and turning in 52.68.

He lost touch with Lochte’s world record pace a bit after a 33.88 breaststroke leg. But heading into the freestyle leg, he had a 1.52 second lead over Foster, who’d moved into second place after splitting 34.27. Casas ran out of steam on the on the last leg of the race, splitting the slowest freestyle leg in the field (29.27). Still, it was enough to get hime home for second place in 1:55.83 behind Foster’s win.

As Casas looked behind him at the board and realized he was an Olympian, he had an incredibly emotional reaction to realizing his dream. He and Foster, who both train at Texas, shared a huge hug in the water and then again when they exited the water together.

They now sit at #2 and #4 in the world this season.

MEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY — Semifinals

  • World Record: Caeleb Dressel (USA) – 49.45 (2021) 
  • American Record: Caeleb Dressel – 49.45 (2021) 
  • U.S. Open Record: Caeleb Dressel (USA) – 49.76 (2021; semifinals) 
  • World Junior Record: Kristof Milak (HUN) – 50.62 (2017)
  • 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Champion: Caeleb Dressel – 49.87
  • 2024 Olympic Qualifying Time: 51.67

Final Qualifiers:

  1. Caeleb Dressel (GSC), 50.79
  2. Dare Rose (CAL), 51.11
  3. Zach Harting (CARD), 51.16
  4. Ryan Murphy (CAL), 51.43
  5. Aiden Hayes (WOLF), 51.50
  6. Luke Miller (WOLF), 51.53
  7. Thomas Hellman (CA-Y), 51.58
  8. Kaii Winkler (EA), 51.64

And there’s the icing on the cake for Dressel in his 50 free/100 fly double. Less than an hour after qualifying for his first individual Paris 2024 event, Dressel was back on the blocks for the second 100 butterfly semifinal. He crushed his swim, taking the win and the top overall time in 50.79. It’s another season best for him, improving from the 50.84 he swam at the San Antonio PSS. He now ranks 6th in the world for 2023-24.

Dare Rose, the 2023 Worlds bronze medalist, moved through comfortably to the final as the 2nd overall seed after finishing second behind Dressel. Rose dropped .77 seconds from his prelims time, posting a 51.11. He’s joined in the final by his Cal teammate Ryan Murphy, who’s butterfly side quest has turned into something very real. Murphy made it into the final with a 51.43, just off his PB from last summer of 51.35.

Six of the finalists came from the second semifinal. Zach Harting and Luke Miller are the only two who made it from the first semifinal. It’s the second personal best of the day for both of them. Harting lowered his 51.49 personal best from prelims by .33 seconds, swimming 51.16. Miller swam 51.53, lowering his best by .21 seconds.

WOMEN’S 200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY— Semifinals

  • World Record: 2:06.12 – Katinka Hosszu, Hungary (2015)
  • World Junior Record: 2:06.89 – Summer McIntosh, Canada (2023)
  • American Record: 2:06.15 – Ariana Kukors (2009)
  • U.S. Open Record: 2:07.09 – Kate Douglass, USA (2023)
  • 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Champion: Alex Walsh – 2:09.30
  • 2024 Olympic Qualifying Time: 2:11.47

Final Qualifiers:

  1. Kate Douglass (NYAC), 2:08.53
  2. Alex Walsh (NAC), 2:08.74
  3. Torri Huske (AAC), 2:09.43
  4. Beata Nelson (UN), 2:10.83
  5. Leah Hayes (TIDE), 2:10.93
  6. Zoe Dixon (FLOR), 2:11.64
  7. Lucy Bell (ALTO), 2:12.23
  8. Isabel Ivey (GSC), 2:12.26

The first semifinal featured Torri Huske, Kate Douglass, and Beata Nelson. It was Huske who held the lead through the first 100 meters. She got out to a fast start on the butterfly leg, splitting 27.20 and backed it up with a 32.60 on the backstroke leg. Douglass turned at the halfway point in third place, and got to work on the breaststroke leg.

Douglass split 36.89, pulling into the lead ahead of Huske. Huske made a push at the start of the freestyle leg, but Douglass motored home in 30.55. She clocked a 2:08.53, which held up to give her lane 4 for tomorrow night’s final. In the second semifinal, Alex Walsh swam away from the field and posted a 2:08.74, touching .21 seconds behind Douglass.

Huske’s 2:09.43 moved her through to the final in 3rd, where she’ll look to play spoiler to a Virginia 1-2 tomorrow night.

Also making the final was Beata Nelson, who swam a huge personal best of 2:10.83 to qualify in 4th. Zoe Dixon swam a big lifetime best as well, posting a 2:11.64 to earn a second swim.

There were big drops from prelims this morning. Both Douglass and Husky dropped over three seconds from prelims, and Walsh dropped 2.88. Everyone else in the field dropped at least a second from the morning as well.

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Hank
21 days ago

What particularly stings here for MA is that it only would have taken a 21.68 to get the 2nd spot, a relatively slow time, which is in reach for him based on recent performances. I really thought it was going to take 21.5 or faster and surprised only Dressel could post one here and no one else. Even if MA had snagged that 2nd spot somehow, what of it? He’d be on the team in the 50 but that’s about it. No relays. He wouldn’t be a medal contender and possibly not even a finalist. Meanwhile, he scratched the 2IM an event he has potential to medal in IF he trained and trained correctly for it. A lot to think… Read more »

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yesORno
24 days ago

MAs poor performances and failure to make Olympic is notable because he had no obligation of any sort but himself and to swim for the past 11+ years. Other elite swimmers have meaningful occupations and roles at their universities and communities in addition to swimming. MA and his fam consider MA a brand and its a brand that earns criticism because the only thing the brand is about MA who flaunts a lifestyle of a little bit of swimming, selfies promoting minor brands, and a whole lot of leisure.

yesORno
Reply to  yesORno
24 days ago

and lest folks say the MA brand is underserving of critique remember its the MA brand spokespersons (MAs MAs coach dad coach and MAs mom) who have trashed every college and collegiate swim program in America. MA took jabs at MP a couple weeks ago and implied MP only won so many olympic medals cause it was easier and weaker competition during MPs era. MA and his fam consistently claim their way is the only way, MAs mom in a swim swam podcast interview called the olympics a farce and MAs dad coach began posting pics of the Paris olympic village and saying they’d be there before MA made the team. MA never mentions his relay gold teammates or shares… Read more »

Alison England
24 days ago

I have to admit that I didn’t think Dressel would do it! Congratulations!

Insta stats
24 days ago

I can’t explain why MA didn’t swim well this week or hasn’t been swimming well in a while…some commentators have outlined some compelling reasons. Something I noticed- MA and family arrived to trials on 11 June, days before the majority of the other swimmers. He spent four days hawking products on the empty pool deck when others were probably resting and staying off their legs. His dad posted a shocking 52 videos of him since they arrived – MA himself posted 11. No other swimmer or coach spent that much time getting hyped for or posing for content. Some top swimmers had re-posted/been tagged in several NBCOlympics or TeamUSA posts but these same swimmers only posted 1-3 of their own.… Read more »

grizzled bastard
Reply to  Insta stats
24 days ago

almost like they knew it was over before it started?

Jenna
24 days ago

no hate and just curious – is it true that MA and family have already booked their flights to Paris for this year?

CasualSwimmer
24 days ago

I’d love to see Dressel, Manaudou, Proud and McEvoy all go on a chill countryside holiday together after Paris, I’m sure they would have a great time

Supafly23
Reply to  CasualSwimmer
24 days ago

4×50 relay representing Earth

Stingy
24 days ago

If 29.2 is running out of steam then what is a 30.6??

Aussie Crawl
24 days ago

As An Australian I always thought Shaine is a swimmer.
His struggles of the past are behind him now.
I hope he can make the final of the
Big dance!! Over here in Australia
We are swimming for sheep stations!!

Even better for him to jag a medal!!
Well done Shaineo !!!💪💪💯

Last edited 24 days ago by Aussie Crawl
Swimswum
Reply to  Aussie Crawl
24 days ago

This is the most Aussie sounding thing I’ve read in a long time.

Swimswum
Reply to  Swimswum
24 days ago

good

EXCALIBUR
Reply to  Swimswum
24 days ago

it was great to read it

Aussie Crawl
Reply to  Aussie Crawl
24 days ago

sad

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Sophie grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, which means yes, she does root for the Bruins, but try not to hold that against her. At 9, she joined her local club team because her best friend convinced her it would be fun. Shoulder surgery ended her competitive swimming days long ago, …

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