Bella Sims

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Bella Sims is a competitive swimmer who represents the United States internationally. At the 2021 Olympic Trials, at the age of 16, Sims qualified for the Olympic Team as a member of the 4×200 free relay by finishing 5th in the 200 free.

National/International Career

Coming into the 2021 Olympic Trials, Bella Sims was already getting quite a bit of attention. She had hit the most Olympic Trial cuts of any swimmer in the country (11) and ended up competing in 4 events at the Wave II meet: 100, 200, 800 free, and 100 fly.

She was also ranked #1 in SwimSwam’s Way Too Early Recruit Ranks for the Class of 2023, which came out on June 3, 2021, just before the trials started.

2021 Olympic Trials (Omaha, Nebraska)

In Omaha, Sims started her program with the 100 fly on day 1, tying for 33rd in a time of 1:00.02. In her next event, the 200 free, she made huge strides, qualifying for the final and ultimately finishing 5th in 1:57.53, earning her a spot on the Olympic team for the 4×200 free relay. This made her the lowest seed (39th) to make the US Olympic swimming team since 2000.

She finished the meet by swimming prelims of the 100 free (48th, 56.48) and prelims/finals of the 800 free, finishing 5th overall at 8:23.55.

2020 Olympic Games

At her first Olympic Games, Sims led off the 800 free relay in the prelims, splitting 1:58.59 to help the US advance to the final. The team would go on to finish 2nd, netting Sims a silver medal.

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
lcm 200 Free 1:57.53 06/15/21 2021 Olympic Trials
Omaha, Nebraska
lcm 400 Free 4:10.25 04/10/21 2021 FL GAIN Invitational
Sarasota, Florida
lcm 800 Free 8:23.55 06/20/21 2021 Olympic Trials
Omaha, Nebraska
scy 200 Free 1:44.21 04/09/21 2021 FL GAIN Invitational
Sarasota, Florida
scy 500 Free 4:32.13 04/10/21 2021 FL GAIN Invitational
Sarasota, Florida
scy 1650 Free 16:37.19 03/14/19 2019 CA SCS 14-UN SCY JOS
San Jose, California
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