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 (8PM finals on Friday & Saturday)
- Where: CHI Health Center / Omaha, Nebraska
- 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifying Cuts
- Wave I & II Event Order
- LCM (50m)
- Day 6 Prelims Live Stream (NBC Olympics)
- Psych Sheets
- Wave II Live Results
- Day 6 Finals Heat Sheet
After losing her dad less than a year ago, Annie Lazor has made her first US Olympic Team via a first place finish in the 200m breaststroke.
Lazor, who trains with the Indiana Pro Group, won the race ahead of teammate Lilly King in a time of 2:21.07 to King’s 2:21.75.
For the two teammates, the race proved to have an ideal finish, as King has been a source of support for Lazor amidst her father’s death. According to the NBC broadcast last night, King drove over 5 hours to attend the services for Lazor’s father and told Lazor’s mother that she would do “whatever it takes” to get Lazor on the Olympic team.
As the pair stepped on the blocks in lanes 4 and 5, King could be seen mouthing “we’ve got this.”
Following her initial reaction to winning, Lazor shared an emotional embrace with King, yelling, “We did it.” Lazor then took to the laneline, splashing the water in celebratory fashion.
During the post race interview, Lazor repeatedly thanked King for helping her through training and for supporting her.
WOMEN’S 200 BREAST FINAL
- World Record: Rikke Moller Pedersen (DEN) – 2:19.11 (2013)
- American Record: Rebecca Soni – 2:19.59 (2012)
- US Open Record: Rebecca Soni (USA) – 2:20.38 (2009)
- World Junior Record: Viktoriya Zeynep Gunes (TUR) – 2:19.64 (2015)
- 2016 Olympic Champion: Rie Kaneto (JPN) – 2:20.30
- 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Lilly King – 2:24.08
- Wave I Cut: 2:33.29
- Wave II Cut: 2:30.49
- FINA ‘A’ Cut: 2:25.52
In undoubtedly the most emotionally-charged finish of the meet, training partners Annie Lazor and Lilly King went 1-2 in the women’s 200 breaststroke to officially punch Lazor’s ticket to Tokyo, with the 26-year-old claiming the win in a time of 2:21.07.
That showing falls just three-tenths shy of Lazor’s best time, set in 2019, and propels her into third in the world this season.
King took it out early, grabbing the lead with a 31.66 opening 50, but Lazor, Emily Escobedo and Bethany Galat stalked her down the second lap, and at the 100 turn, it was a four-way scrap.
Lazor blew by everyone on the third 50, splitting 35.97, and then extended the gap coming home for the victory.
King made a big push on the last length, pulling away from Escobedo and Galat to snag second in 2:21.75 and add a second event to her Tokyo schedule. This is King’s first “loss” in an Olympic Trials final, having gone 3/3 up until this point (I don’t think she minds). King added a few tenths to her best of 2:21.39, set in May of 2019.