Katie Grimes is a 2021 Olympian in the 800 freestyle. She made the Olympics by finishing 2nd in the 800 free behind Katie Ledecky at just 15-years-old.
2021 Olympic Trials
In Omaha, Katie Grimes started her schedule with the 400 IM, the event her coaches thought would be her best shot to make the Olympic team, even though she was just 15. She ended up getting nervous and adding to her seed time, posting a 4:46.15 to place 16th and miss out on the final. The next day, in the 400 free, Grimes bounced back, swimming a 4:13.09 in the 400 free and placing 13th.
Grimes’ hard work really came through in the 1500 prelims when she posted a PB of 16:07.33, dropping 25 seconds to head into the final seeded 6th. She blasted that time out of the water in finals, touching at 15:52.12 for 3rd behind Katie Ledecky and Grimes’ teammate, Erica Sullivan. Notably, Grimes came home in 4:11 in that 1500, giving her coaches a good indicator for the 800 free.
In the 800 free, Grimes snuck into the final with an 8:31.73, placing 8th in prelims. At finals, she attacked it similarly to her 1500, and down the stretch of the last 50 passed Haley Anderson to touch for 2nd in 8:20.36, once again splitting 4:11 on her final 400. This qualified her for the 2021 Olympic Games.