Brendan Hansen, Kaitlin Sandeno Returning as In-Venue Hosts for U.S. Olympic Swim Trials

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Swimming, the national governing body (NGB) for the sport of swimming in the United States, today announced Olympic gold medalists Brendan Hansen and Kaitlin Sandeno will return as in-venue hosts for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming.

A six-time Olympic medalist, Hansen formerly held world records in the 100m and 200m breaststroke. The Longhorn legend never lost a breaststroke race during his time at the University of Texas and is known for his energy and humor when interacting with swim fans.

Sandeno is an Olympic gold medalist, world champion, and former world record holder. Among other post-swimming career highlights, she was recently a commentator for the 2023 Pan American Games and ParaPan Games in Santiago, Chile.

Together, they bring years of friendship, experience and excitement to the Olympic Trials pre-show.

“Kaitlin and Brendan have become a mainstay of the Olympic Trials experience,” USA Swimming President and CEO Tim Hinchey III said. “Their enthusiasm and passion set the stage each night for the best atmosphere in Olympic sports, and we are thrilled they will return as hosts of this historic event.”

The Olympic duo debuted as in-venue hosts at Trials in 2016 and will return for a third time to entertain fans each night in Lucas Oil Stadium during a 30-minute pre-show before finals. The fan favorites preview the action each night and offer predictions and expert insight while leading fan contests and trivia for exclusive USA Swimming giveaways.

This year, the two will also compete head-to-head in the Kaitlin vs. Brendan Challenge. The Challenge offers fans exclusive discounts to sit in branded seating sections associated with each host and exclusive meet and greet opportunities to the section that sells out first.

Tickets for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming are available at www.usaswimming.org/trialstickets. Use codes Kaitlin24 and Brendan24 to unlock 24% off tickets in sections 216 and 217 for any single-session ticket.

Press release courtesy of USA Swimming

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Just Sayin
1 month ago

It was a mistake moving Trials. Kaitlyn is a good move, but Brendan needs to be less Brendan if he does it again.

swimapologist
Reply to  Just Sayin
1 month ago

Brendan’s challenge is that in his full time role with USA Swimming, he has been…gosh…off putting? Aggressive? Mean? To a lot of coaches. The deeper he gets into this Hinchey administration (which seems to poison everyone and everything it touches), the more difficult his persona as “lovable former Olympian” will be to accept.

Swimfin
Reply to  swimapologist
8 days ago

This is very true. I have experienced this first hand. Arrogant

Hincey needs to go. He is all about himself. The entire leadership team needs to go. No follow through and selfish culture.
Hincey can’t even look professional (shave for gods sake. The scruff look does nothing for you) let alone a genuine leader. All he cares about is getting his contract and sitting back collecting his millions.

Disgusting how much wasteful spending and resources they are using for a small amount of athletes.

The board needs to find someone new and fresh for LA.

Sweet Sweet Peter Rosen
1 month ago

One of the few good moves by USA swimming during this trials

Circle swim
1 month ago

Brendan and Kaitlin do an admirable job keeping the audience engaged between races. Their energy level should fill Lucas Oil stadium…. can’t wait!

Old CAA fan
1 month ago

Should have brought Elizabeth Beisel instead. She was fantastic during NCAA.

Admin
Reply to  Old CAA fan
1 month ago

NBC hasn’t announced their crew, but Elizabeth would fill a different role, for television. Brendan and Kaitlin are there primarily for the in-house spectators.

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
Reply to  Old CAA fan
1 month ago

Elizabeth Beisel most likely be assigned to the on deck post race interviews.

Phil McDade
Reply to  Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
1 month ago

Rowdy said Beisel will be in Paris as part of the on-camera crew in some capacity (personal aside when a few of us were talking to him at men’s NCAAs)

Happy Slappy
Reply to  Old CAA fan
1 month ago

Beisel is a beast as a post racer interviewer,
hopefully she will be doing some on deck interviews. But chances are NBC has some old “legend” that will need to be there.

Hansen and Sandeno are doing a studio show. Different formulas.

One is backstroke one is breaststroke.

Diehard
1 month ago

They don’t raise my interest in watching Trials! Sorry

Gold Medal Mel Stewart
Reply to  Diehard
1 month ago

Raises mine. They’re from the swim-family and they do bring an inside swimming feel.

Diehard
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
1 month ago

Of course you would say that!

Gold Medal Mel Stewart
Reply to  Diehard
1 month ago

Yeah, I do, sorta, but the truth is this gig is harder than people realize. They actually have experience doing it, and their success will be based entirely on who is writing their scripts / producing their bits and the strength of their pre-programmed media. I do think having a strong comic gear with the ability to get serious on the turn of a dime matters. They showed that skill at the last Trials…in fact it was entertaining to watch them get better at it as the week went on.

Greg
Reply to  Diehard
1 month ago

You don’t have to worry about it unless you’re watching in person at Lucas Oil. The broadcast doesn’t show them.

LBSWIM
Reply to  Greg
1 month ago

They have in prior ones.

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
Reply to  Diehard
1 month ago

It’s the post race show on the USA Swimming website

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
Reply to  Diehard
1 month ago

Come on!

https://youtu.be/rwmLy89TZS0?si=OgLGfMqtO3EkXCLm

You’ll miss out on some funny behind the scenes stories.

Last edited 1 month ago by Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
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1 month ago
Swimmer I.M
1 month ago

love it! I’m so excited to see how Olympic trials plays out because it could get swimming a lot of attention if done right.

Greg
Reply to  Swimmer I.M
1 month ago

I don’t think the broadcast shows them much or maybe not at all. In the venue itself they act as hosts and did a great job last Trials. But unless you’ll be watching Trials from Lucas Oil, don’t count on seeing them.