Breaking Down The Biggest Races of the 2021 US Olympic Trials

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We sat down with SwimSwam’s Editor-in-Chief Braden Keith and  SwimSwam senior writer Jared Anderson to break down the biggest races of the 2021 US Olympic Trials. We dive deep into the men’s 200 IM, men’s 100 free, women’s 100 fly and who we think may surprise us in Omaha.

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MA 100 breaststroke gold medal
3 days ago

Great podcast. Counting down the hours!

PVSFree
3 days ago

Insert your hot takes below. Here’s mine:

Kalisz doesn’t make the team. (Litherland/Foster 400 IM, Andrew/Lochte 200 IM)

Philip Johnson
Reply to  PVSFree
3 days ago

Dressel gets an individual 100 free spot, but doesn’t finish 1st.

anonymous
Reply to  Philip Johnson
3 days ago

could see that more than the kalisz prediction TBH

PVSFree
Reply to  anonymous
3 days ago

Dressel’s a big taper guy and he’s not gonna come down fully for Trials. I could see it, especially with how deep that 100 free is and how good Held has looked this year

Chad
Reply to  Philip Johnson
3 days ago

This is a good one. Who do you think upsets him? Held?

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Chad
3 days ago

Zapple or Farris

PVSFree
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
3 days ago

If Dean wins Trials this site will break

Pvdh
Reply to  Philip Johnson
3 days ago

Could see held nip him. He’s been looking faaaast this year.

Mr Piano
Reply to  PVSFree
3 days ago

Seliskar has been 1:58.0 in season, he’ll go 1:56.0 at trials I think.

Chad
Reply to  Mr Piano
3 days ago

I’ve been bullish on Kalisz and Lochte making those two spots, but knowing how Seliskar can pop off (see 2018 nationals) really rattles my precition.

water
Reply to  Mr Piano
3 days ago

I feel like his 2im hasn’t fully come together quite yet. He’s got the second fastest 2im scy and before 2018, his fastest 2im was 1:59 back when he was 18 I believe. I’m excited to see what he puts together next week.

Last edited 3 days ago by water
Coach Rob
Reply to  PVSFree
3 days ago

This is a way too early hot take for the Olympics, but I’m gonna say Peaty doesn’t win the 100 BR.

Anonymoose
Reply to  Coach Rob
3 days ago

Anyone who doubts coach rob is a fool!

Khachaturian
Reply to  Anonymoose
3 days ago

We don’t doubt, we worship coach Rob

Anonymoose
Reply to  Khachaturian
3 days ago

Preach brother!

KeithM
Reply to  Coach Rob
3 days ago

That’s not a hot take. That’s a thermonuclear take.

Pvdh
Reply to  Coach Rob
3 days ago

Bruh. Nah.

Monteswim
Reply to  PVSFree
3 days ago

Michael Andrew doesn’t make the team?

Last edited 3 days ago by Monteswim
Ga swimmer
Reply to  Monteswim
3 days ago

100br 100fly and 200Im

M L
Reply to  Ga swimmer
3 days ago

100 Breast, 50 Free

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Ga swimmer
3 days ago

100 br & 2 IM only

Chad
Reply to  Monteswim
3 days ago

That is bold. I’ve been told it’s bold to even predict him only making the 100 breast. I think it’s likely he gets shut out of the 200 IM, 100 fly, and 50 free and won’t swim the 100 back.

Joris Bohnson
Reply to  PVSFree
3 days ago

Legend Tony Ervin makes the team at 40

Chad
Reply to  Joris Bohnson
3 days ago

This would be the story of the century, even moreso than if Lochte were to make the team.

Walter
Reply to  Chad
3 days ago

It would be tremendous! Never count out Anthony Ervin!

Gowdy Raines
Reply to  PVSFree
3 days ago

Ledecky scratches a distance event

Dudeman
Reply to  PVSFree
3 days ago

Matt Grevers harnesses his Dad strength to go 52.1 again

PVSFree
Reply to  Dudeman
3 days ago

I’m really rooting for Grevers, he’s a great figure in the sport

Walter
Reply to  PVSFree
3 days ago

Great in all senses of the word.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  PVSFree
3 days ago

a Legend of Usa swimming with Adrian

Chad
Reply to  PVSFree
3 days ago

Alright, mine’s pretty specific and I’m ready to take some flack for it:

Carson Foster narrowly misses the team in all his events. It becomes the biggest learning experience of his life and acts as fuel over the next few years, where he will become one of the most dominant and well-rounded athletes on Team USA (maybe only behind Dressel). He will then go on to make national teams the next few summers, including the 2024 Olympic Team.

Last edited 3 days ago by Chad
PVSFree
Reply to  Chad
3 days ago

Personally I’m just hoping for a Foster/Foster 400 IM US contingent in 2024

Chad
Reply to  PVSFree
3 days ago

That would be pretty badass if they could both push each other to make the team in the same event by that point. I’m not sure if I’ve seen enough from Jake yet to make me think that’s reasonable though.

Chad
Reply to  PVSFree
3 days ago

Another one I have: I don’t think Zane Grothe makes the team. I think he’s shut out in the 400/800/1500 by a mix of Smith, Magahey, Finke, and Wilamovsky.

swimmer
Reply to  PVSFree
3 days ago

Hinds makes the team by getting one of the 6 100fr spots.

Walter
Reply to  swimmer
3 days ago

Would be wonderful.

Pvdh
Reply to  PVSFree
3 days ago

There are multiple 1:44 lows in the men’s 200 free.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Pvdh
3 days ago

I do think we could see 3 1:44 highs for real though.

Joel
Reply to  Pvdh
3 days ago

What makes you think that? I’m just curious.

Horninco
Reply to  Joel
3 days ago

Not PVDH, but Haas has been on the cusp and had a great SCM season even though he’s better in the long pool.

Apple has been 1:45 low relay
Pieroni has been 1:44.9 relay
Seliskar has been 1:45 low
Kieran Smith had an amazing yards season
Dean Farris still waiting to break out in the big pool
Dressel?
Rooney/Kibler/Foster all have improved greatly since their last tapered LCM swims

Urlando/Magahey/Lasco/Casas?

Lots of possibilities.

I wouldn’t say 1:44 low x3, but 2-3 1:44.7’s-9’s would not shock

Yabo
Reply to  PVSFree
3 days ago

I heard Kalisz is looking jacked rn he’s going to make it

NoFlyKick
Reply to  PVSFree
3 days ago

MA does a split request and sets the WR in the 150 IM.

swimfan210_
Reply to  PVSFree
3 days ago

Finke makes the team in the 400 IM.

swimfan210_
Reply to  swimfan210_
3 days ago

Also, Brooks Fail in 200 fly

Steve
Reply to  PVSFree
2 days ago

Lochte in 200 IM?? NO WAY!

MKW
3 days ago

Agree with anticipated races mentioned. Womens 100 back will also be nuts!

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