743 Swimmers Have Qualified For The 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials

With the first major domestic meet of 2024 now in the books, it’s time to check back in on the number of swimmers who have punched their ticket to the U.S. Olympic Trials later this year.

Back in late September of 2023, we found that 380 men and 304 women had qualified for the Trials dating back to the opening of the qualifying period, which kicked off on Nov. 30, 2022.

In the three and a half months since our last check, there have been 28 new male qualifiers and 31 new female qualifiers, bringing our tally to 408 men, 335 women and 743 total swimmers.

The qualifying period will close on May 30, 2024.

2024 US Olympic Trials Standards:

WOMEN EVENT MEN
25.69 50m Freestyle 22.79
55.79 100m Freestyle 49.99
2:00.89 200m Freestyle 1:49.99
4:15.49 400m Freestyle 3:55.59
8:45.79 800m Freestyle 8:09.69
16:45.69 1500m Freestyle 15:39.89
1:01.89 100m Backstroke 55.69
2:13.59 200m Backstroke 2:01.69
1:10.29 100m Breaststroke 1:02.19
2:31.69 200m Breaststroke 2:15.99
1:00.19 100m Butterfly 53.59
2:13.69 200m Butterfly 2:00.49
2:16.09 200m Individual Medley 2:03.49
4:49.89 400m Individual Medley 4:25.19

Let’s learn a little bit more about who is qualifying.

SWIMMERS WITH THE MOST EVENTS

At the end of September, Bella Sims led all swimmers having qualified for the Trials in 10 events, and she’s increased her tally by one, up to 11 events after adding the 200 back with a 2:11.39 performance at the U.S. Open in December.

Her club teammate at the Sandpipers of Nevada, Katie Grimes, remains the second-most qualified swimmer with nine events, and Regan Smith has joined her after she added the 400 IM to her list of qualified races with a 4:38.77 PB at the U.S. Open.

Leah SmithAlex Walsh, Claire Weinstein and Hannah Bellard are the other women who have qualified in at least seven events, while a total of 30 have qualified in at least five races.

On the men’s side, Kieran Smith and Carson Foster sit atop the rankings with eight events qualified apiece. Smith already had eight qualified back in late September, but Foster has added two over the last three and a half months, clocking 49.35 in the 100 free and 55.60 in the 100 back at the Kevin Perry Invite in November.

Shaine Casas is the only other male swimmer to have at least six events qualified, and a total of 23 have made the grade in at least five races.

SWIMMERS QUALIFIED IN THE MOST EVENTS – WOMEN

FullName Club LSC Events
Sims, Bella Sandpipers Of Nevada CA 11
Smith, Regan Sun Devil Swimming AZ 9
Grimes, Katie Sandpipers Of Nevada CA 9
Smith, Leah Longhorn Aquatics ST 8
Walsh, Alex University Of Virginia VA 7
Weinstein, Claire Sandpipers Of Nevada CA 7
Bellard, Hannah Club Wolverine MI 7
Douglass, Kate New York Athletic Club MR 6
Huske, Torri Arlington Aquatic Club PV 6
Shackell, Alex Carmel Swim Club IN 6
Pelaez, Erika Eagle Aquatics FG 6
Nelson, Beata Wisconsin Aquatics WI 6
Pash, Kelly Longhorn Aquatics ST 6
Ledecky, Katie Gator Swim Club FL 6
Bray, Olivia Longhorn Aquatics ST 6
O’Dell, Teagan Mission Viejo Nadadores CA 6
Kozan, Justina Trojan Swim Club CA 6
Smoliga, Olivia Sun Devil Swimming AZ 5
Curzan, Claire TAC Titans NC 5
Gemmell, Erin Nation’s Capital Swim Club PV 5
Erisman, Rylee Laker Swim FL 5
Hetrick, Paige University of Louisville KY 5
Peplowski, Anna Indiana Swim Club IN 5
Hayes, Leah Fox Valley Park District Riptides IL 5
Hartman, Bailey Crow Canyon Sharks PC 5
Gormsen, Cavan Long Island Aquatic Club MR 5
Mattes, Michaela Sarasota Sharks FL 5
Weyant, Emma University of Florida FL 5
McCarville, Kate Tennessee Aquatics SE 5
Bricker, Caroline Pikes Peak Athletics CO 5

SWIMMERS QUALIFIED IN THE MOST EVENTS – MEN

FullName Club LSC Events
Smith, Kieran Ridgefield Aquatic Club CT 8
Foster, Carson Mason Manta Rays OH 8
Casas, Shaine Longhorn Aquatics ST 7
Diehl, Daniel YMCA of Cumberland MD 6
Shackell, Aaron Carmel Swim Club IN 6
Julian, Trenton Mission Viejo Nadadores CA 6
Maurer, Rex Rose Bowl Aquatics CA 6
Litherland, Jay Sun Devil Swimming AZ 6
Kalisz, Chase Sun Devil Swimming AZ 6
Andrew, Michael MA Swim Academy SI 5
Dahlgren, Jack Team Triumph MV 5
Urlando, Luca DART Swimming SN 5
Heilman, Thomas Cavalier Aquatics/Piedmont Family YMCA VA 5
Grothe, Zane Unattached SE 5
Nelson, Baylor Aggie Swim Club GU 5
Jett, Gabe California Aquatics PC 5
Burns, Brendan Indiana Swim Club IN 5
Lucas, Cooper Lakeside Aquatic Club NT 5
Albiero, Nicolas Cardinal Aquatics KY 5
Johnston, David The Swim Team CA 5
Whitlock, Luke Fishers Area Swimming Tigers IN 5
Finke, Robert Saint Petersburg Aquatics FL 5
Ellis, Luke Sandpipers Of Nevada CA 5

BY CLUB

Longhorn Aquatics leads all clubs with 12 female swimmers qualified, while Ohio State University sits second with 11 and the Indiana Swim Club and Wisconsin Aquatics follow with eight.

For the men, Wolfpack Elite leads with 18 qualified swimmers, followed by California Aquatics, Indiana Swim Club and Sun Devil Swimming.

A total of 12 women and 23 men have qualified for the Trials as unattached swimmers.

MOST SWIMMERS QUALIFIED PER CLUB – WOMEN

Club Athlete Count Event Count
Longhorn Aquatics 12 38
Unattached 12 14
Ohio State University 11 17
Indiana Swim Club 8 16
Wisconsin Aquatics 8 20
University of Louisville 7 20
Auburn University 7 8
Alto Swim Club 7 17

MOST SWIMMERS QUALIFIED PER CLUB – MEN

Club Athlete Count Event Count
Unattached 23 41
Wolfpack Elite 18 38
California Aquatics 16 43
Indiana Swim Club 13 32
Sun Devil Swimming 12 43
Longhorn Aquatics 12 29
University of Florida 10 20
Ohio State University 8 14

BY EVENT

Between both genders, the most qualified for event is the men’s 200 IM with 83, followed closely by the 400 IM with 80.

For the women, only two events have more than 60 qualifiers, compared to seven for the men, with the 50 free having 64 and the 100 breast having 62.

Women’s Qualifiers Men’s Qualifiers
50 FR 64 53
100 FR 55 67
200 FR 54 56
400 FR 50 59
800 FR 44 55
1500 FR 43 51
100 BK 56 63
200 BK 48 61
100 BR 62 60
200 BR 42 58
100 FLY 58 65
200 FLY 52 55
200 IM 51 83
400 IM 46 80

NUMBERS OF QUALIFIERS VERSUS 2021

Relative to the 2021 Olympic Trials (Wave II cuts), the vast majority of events have significantly fewer qualifiers for 2024, including 114 fewer in the men’s 50 free.

There are three, however, with more qualifiers: Women’s 1500 free, men’s 200 IM and men’s 400 IM.

Women’s Events

Event Qualified Swimmers In 2021 Qualified Swimmers In 2024* Difference
50 FR 130 64 -66
100 FR 98 55 -43
200 FR 79 54 -25
400 FR 71 50 -21
800 FR 52 44 -8
1500 FR 42 43 +1
100 BK 114 56 -58
200 BK 75 48 -27
100 BR 111 62 -49
200 BR 85 42 -43
100 FLY 100 58 -42
200 FLY 79 52 -27
200 IM 91 51 -40
400 IM 66 46 -20

*Through January 14, 2024

Men’s Events

Event Qualified Swimmers In 2021 Qualified Swimmers In 2024* Difference
50 FR 167 53 -114
100 FR 99 67 -32
200 FR 71 56 -15
400 FR 82 59 -23
800 FR 64 55 -9
1500 FR 57 51 -6
100 BK 125 63 -62
200 BK 91 61 -30
100 BR 137 60 -77
200 BR 87 58 -29
100 FLY 109 65 -44
200 FLY 78 55 -23
200 IM 82 83 +1
400 IM 60 80 +20

*Through January 14, 2024

BY LSC

So far, 44 of the 59 LSCs have at least one male qualifier for the Olympic Trials, and 40 have at least one female.

Leading the way for both is North Carolina, while Indiana and Southern California sit second for the men. On the women’s side, it’s Indiana in second followed by Southeastern Swimming and Florida Swimming.

Women

LSC Athlete Count Event Count
NC 24 45
IN 23 44
SE 21 40
FL 21 56
PC 19 38
VA 19 42
KY 17 39
OH 16 25
CA 16 62

Men

LSC Athlete Count Event Count
NC 38 73
IN 28 74
CA 28 73
PC 27 63
FL 25 53
SE 19 40
AZ 18 51
VA 17 33
OH 17 38
ST 16 36

FULL LIST OF QUALIFIERS

Women

Men

The 2024 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials will take place June 15-23, 2024 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

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Julie
9 days ago

How can one download this xlsx file?

TheIckabog
2 months ago

Out of curiosity, what were the total number of qualifiers in 2021, 2016, 2012, 2008? Do we have those for comparison? I seem to remember one of the ones in the early 2010’s had like 1,900 in it but I may be crazy.

Last edited 2 months ago by TheIckabog
Anything but 50 BR
2 months ago

Has any swimmer ever met all of these times?
McIntosh has been faster than 12/14 of these times, all except
50 FR (25.78) vs (25.69) and
100 BR (1:10.79) vs (1:10.29)

jess
Reply to  Anything but 50 BR
2 months ago

Natalie Coughlin maybe? I am pretty sure she did for a nats, not 100% sure re OTs

There may be others I am totally blanking on

USA
Reply to  jess
2 months ago

Katie Hoff in 2008?

BMays
Reply to  Anything but 50 BR
2 months ago

Phelps? Not sure what his 800/1500 times were but he has everything else.

Snarky
2 months ago

And they want to fill a football stadium with swim families and fans…

Johnny Twobad
Reply to  Snarky
2 months ago

So USA Swimming aims at 90 per event, with two actually being allowed to swim in the Olympics. I dare USA Swimming to name any swimmer whose original qualifying time put him/her higher than the Top 24 (that’s three heats in the trials) who eventually dropped the QT and made the time.
They want all those swimmers, who come with parents, family, and friends, hopefully to fill half a football stadium and deliver more than a $1 million dollars for USA Swimming’s coffers. Disgraceful

James Beam
2 months ago

The head coach for Team Unattached is amazing. They have some serious swimmers!

Hank
2 months ago

Who is the lowest seeded swimmer to ever make the team in an individual event or a relay?

Last edited 2 months ago by Hank
PhillyMark
Reply to  Hank
2 months ago

Pieroni was seeded in 20’s in ’16.

CuriousGeorge
Reply to  Hank
2 months ago

I thought it was Scott Weltz, but it looks like he was actually seeded 6th in 2012. He just dropped a ton of time to make it.

X Glide
Reply to  Hank
2 months ago

Like 38th or something

That baseline was used in the methodology for determining the initial Wave II cutoff in 2021

Johnny Twobad
Reply to  X Glide
2 months ago

There is a podcast (46: Kick-Set) from USA Swimming that supposedly explains how they reached their number for the 2024 Trials. And that number is 90 (NINETY) per event. Have to fill all those seats in the stadium with paying customers, who come to watch their child, friend, teammate, finish far from an evening swim.
USA Swimming claims it helps the sport, should be a thrill to swim before that many people, etc.
I call BS.
And those comments don’t even include astronomical ticket prices, and the usual TicketMaster add ons, facility tees, etc.

Last edited 2 months ago by Johnny Twobad
Mediocre Swammer
Reply to  Hank
2 months ago

According to this article, Bella Sims was seeded 39th in the 200 free and made the relay. Before that, there was a 38 seed. The lowest seeded person to make a final was seeded 41st.

https://swimswam.com/bella-sims-becomes-lowest-seed-since-at-least-2000-to-make-olympic-team/

Hank
2 months ago

The meet is too big. Time standards should be tighter and more realistic of those with a legitimate chance to make the team. I understand you need enough swimmers to simulate prelims, semis and finals perhaps if the goal is to offer this as an experience. However, I wonder if there’s another way to select the team? Invite just the top 16 ranked swimmers in each event and hold semifinals and finals only. Maybe top 32 swimmers in events 200m or shorter…

Last edited 2 months ago by Hank
Troyy
Reply to  Hank
2 months ago

$$$ is the reason the meet is so large.

JimSwim22
Reply to  Troyy
2 months ago

At the moment it will be smallest meet in a long time. In the 80s we frequently had under 30 in events.

Dan
Reply to  JimSwim22
2 months ago

but at the same time, the number of swimmers available was also much smaller in the 80’s. Maybe more interesting would be to see how big was the standard deviation between the people that made the team and the 2 or 3rd slowest in each event.

Johnny Twobad
Reply to  JimSwim22
2 months ago

According to the algorithm USA Swimming supposedly used to set time standards for the 2024 Trials, their aim is 90 (ninety) swimmers per event. Or more than ten heats.

Babashoff - Woodhead - Evans - Ledecky
Reply to  Hank
2 months ago

If you tighten the time standards, whos going to fill up that stadium? Lol

With the current time standards, thousands and thousands of family and friends are buying the tickets for the trials

Hank

I understand this is USA swimming’s cash cow and I am not proposing to change it , but I am just wondering if it is truly the best way to select the team.

Mediocre Swammer
Reply to  Hank
2 months ago

Part of the idea is to get younger swimmers (who won’t make the team now, but might make the team – or A team – four years from now) experience. So when they are a factor, they’ve experienced it all before and don’t freak out.

Last edited 2 months ago by Mediocre Swammer
Jen
Reply to  Hank
2 months ago

Keep it big.. many many highly accomplished swimmers have swam their entire lives and become very fast…. But not fast enough to make the top two times at trials. But saying you swam at Olympic trials is very big…and i think they deserve it.

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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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