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
- Where: CHI Health Center / Omaha, Nebraska
- 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifying Cuts
- Wave I & II Event Order
- LCM (50m)
- Wave I Psych Sheets
- Wave I Live Results
- Wave I Prelims Live Stream (USA Swimming)
- Wave I Finals Live Stream (Olympic Channel)
With Wave I of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials kicking off on Friday, the eve of the opening day seems like an appropriate time to take a statistical look at both Trials meets.
Below we’ll take a look at the number of qualifiers per event, swimmers with the most Trials cuts, the most lopsided and closest events (on paper), and much more.
Shoutout to SwimSwam’s Barry Revzin, who crunched all of the data in this article.
Number of Qualifiers
A total of 1,543 swimmers have achieved at least one Wave I Trials standard inside the qualifying period, which began in November of 2018, with 651 Wave II qualifiers and 892 with only Wave I. It’s important to remember that several qualified swimmers are no longer swimming, so these numbers don’t necessarily reflect the number of competitors that will be at each meet.
Check out a visual look at the number of qualifiers by age below:
Including both waves, the men’s 50 free has the most qualifiers with 205, followed by the men’s 100 back (169) and 100 breast (165). The splash n’ dash is also the most populated event in terms of qualifiers for the women with 163.
On the flip side of things, the 1500 free has the lowest number of qualifiers for both genders, with 71 for the men and 60 for the women. The women’s 1500 is notably a new Olympic this event this year, as is the men’s 800 free, which has the gender’s third-lowest qualifier count with 81.
Olympic Trials Qualifiers, Both Waves
|Male Qualifiers||Event||Female Qualifiers|
Looking exclusively at Wave II, the women’s 50 free has the most qualifiers at 54, followed by the men’s 50 free and women’s 100 back with 52.
The men’s 400 IM brings up the rear with 43 qualifiers.
Olympic Trials Qualifiers, Wave II Only
|Male Qualifiers||Event||Female Qualifiers|
Number of Cuts
Hali Flickinger, the favorite in the women’s 200 butterfly, proves to be the most versatile top tier swimmer of the bunch with nine Wave II Trials cuts, followed by Madisyn Cox, Regan Smith and Michael Andrew with eight.
Flickinger has achieved the standard in the women’s 200/400/800 free, 100/200 back, 100/200 fly, and 200/400 IM.
Most Cuts, Wave II
|Rank||Swimmer||Wave II Cuts|
Including both waves, the swimmer with the most Trials cuts is 16-year-old Bella Sims, who swims for the Sandpipers of Nevada, with 11 cuts. Four of those cuts are also under the Wave II standard, so Sims will be swimming next week in the 200, 400, 800 and 1500 free events.
Most Cuts, Overall
|Rank||Swimmer||Cuts (Both Waves)|
Number of Top Seeds
No surprise here – Katie Ledecky leads the charge with the top seed in four events: women’s 200, 400, 800 and 1500 free.
Caeleb Dressel owns three, all the events in which he is the reigning world champion (men’s 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly), and four more swimmers own two.
CLOSE & NOT-SO-CLOSE RACES
Going off of percentages, the men’s 50 free is the most lopsided event on the Wave II program, with Dressel’s 21.04 entry 2.76% better than #2 Michael Andrew (21.62).
Ledecky’s 1500 free, Regan Smith‘s 200 back and Dressel’s 100 fly are next three highest.
- 2.76% – Caeleb Dressel (21.04) over Michael Andrew (21.62) in M 50 Free
- 2.66% – Katie Ledecky (15:29.51) over Ashley Twithell (15:54.19) in W 1500 Free
- 2.52% – Regan Smith (2:03.35) over Kathleen Baker (2:06.46) in W 200 Back
- 2.38% – Dressel (49.50) over Maxime Rooney (50.68) in M 100 Fly
The four closest races are all 200s, led by the men’s 200 IM where Chase Kalisz‘s .05 lead on Andrew works out to just 0.04%.
- 0.04% – Chase Kalisz (1:56.78) over Michael Andrew (1:56.83) in M 200 IM
- 0.12% – Will Licon (2:07.62) over Andrew Wilson (2:07.77) in M 200 Breast
- 0.19% – Madisyn Cox (2:08.51) over Kathleen Baker (2:08.75) in W 200 IM
- 0.20% – Andrew Seliskar (1:45.71) over Townley Haas (1:45.92) in M 200 Free
Qualifiers Per LSC
Looking at the qualifiers per USA Swimming LSC (Local Swimming Committees & Zones), North Carolina (NC) has the most qualified swims overall with 249, followed closely by Pacific Swimming (PC) with 243.
PC leads Wave II with 129.
LSC Qualified Swims, Overall
- North Carolina, 249
- Pacific Swimming, 243
- Southern California Swimming, 210
- Southeastern Swimming, 203
- Georgia Swimming, 177
LSC Qualified Swims, Wave II
- Pacific Swimming, 129
- North Carolina, 118
- Southeastern Swimming / Southern California Swimming, 93
- Georgia Swimming, 87