2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS
- Wave I Dates: June 4-7, 2021
- Wave II Dates: June 13-20, 2021
- Prelims: 10am CDT | Finals: 7pm CDT
- Where: CHI Health Center / Omaha, Nebraska
- 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifying Cuts
- Wave I & II Event Order
- LCM (50m)
- Prelims Live Stream (NBC Olympics)
- Finals Live Stream (Olympic Channel)
- Psych Sheets
- Wave II Live Results
As you’d expect, swimming in the United States has gotten faster as a whole in the five years since the last Olympic Trials in 2016.
Looking specifically at the entry times that earn the #3 seed in each event on the program, 18 of 26 are faster in 2021 than they were in 2016 (excluding the men’s 800 free and women’s 1500 free, which will make their Olympic debut this year).
Highlighting how much faster things have gotten in certain events even more so is the fact that seven #3 seeds coming into the 2021 Trials have an entry time faster than it took to win the 2016 Trials, with six of those coming on the women’s side.
Data provided by SwimSwam’s Barry Revzin.
|Event||2016 Winning Time||2021 #3 Seed|
|Men’s 100 freestyle||47.72||47.61|
|Women’s 100 freestyle||53.28||53.18|
|Women’s 100 backstroke||59.02||58.43|
|Women’s 200 backstroke||2:06.90||2:06.84|
|Women’s 200 breaststroke||2:24.08||2:21.84|
|Women’s 200 butterfly||2:06.80||2:06.59|
|Women’s 200 IM||2:09.54||2:08.84|
Out of those seven, the most stark difference between 2016 winning times and this year’s seeds come in the women’s 100 back and women’s 200 breast. The winning time from the 2016 Trials would be seeded seventh in both events.
The men’s 100 breast was also close to joining the list, with the third-seeded time of 59.24 falling just shy of the 2016-winning 59.18.
You can check all of the #3 seeds from the last three Trials below: