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 (8PM finals on Friday & Saturday)
- Where: CHI Health Center / Omaha, Nebraska
- 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifying Cuts
- Wave I & II Event Order
- LCM (50m)
- Day 6 Finals Live Stream
- Psych Sheets
- Wave II Live Results
Taking the top time in the world for the 2020-2021 season was the Caeleb Dressel in the 50-meter free, putting up the top prelims times of the morning at 21.29. Earlier in the meet, Dressel smashed the U.S. Open/national championship record in the 100 fly at 49.76, during semifinals. He also tied the U.S. Open/national championship record in the 100 free at 47.39, also owned by Ryan Held, who placed 6th in the same final.
That swim this morning registers as the 23rd-fastest performance all-time, now Dressel’s 5th entry in the list, replicating his 21.29 from the 2017 World Championships for his 5th-best 50 free in his career.
Dressel’s All-Time 50 FR Performances
- #4 — 21.04, 2019 World Championships
- #9 — 21.15, 2017 World Championships
- #12 — 21.18, 2019 World Championships
- #23 — 21.29, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials**/2017 World Championships
Dressel’s fastest 50 free on American soil before this meet was at the 2019 Swim Meet of Champions and the 2020 Pro Swim Series in Des Moines, where he put up his career No. 7/8 times of 21.51. The U.S. Open and U.S. national championship record still rests at 21.14 from 2009, held by Beijing Olympic champion Cesar Cielo of Brazil.
The current U.S. national championship record of 21.47 by Garrett Weber-Gale in 2008 is no longer standing. Cielo’s 21.14 was swam during the B-final at the 2009 U.S. Nationals, after placing 2nd in prelims due to his international status, therefore making that the current record.
Reported by James Sutherland.
MEN’S 50 FREE PRELIMS
- World Record: Cesar Cielo (BRA) – 20.91 (2009)
- American Record: Caeleb Dressel – 21.04 (2019)
- US Open Record: Cesar Cielo (BRA) – 21.14 (2009)
- World Junior Record: Michael Andrew (USA) – 21.75 (2017)
- 2016 Olympic Champion: Anthony Ervin (USA) – 21.40
- 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Nathan Adrian – 21.51
- Wave I Cut: 23.19
- Wave II Cut: 22.71
- FINA ‘A’ Cut: 22.01
- Caeleb Dressel (RPC), 21.29
- Michael Andrew (RPC), 21.72
- Nathan Adrian (CAL), 21.85
- Bowe Becker (SAND), 21.94
- Michael Chadwick (NCAC), 22.00
- Payton Sorenson (UN-AZ), 22.08
- Ryan Held (NYAC), 22.10
- Adam Chaney (FLOR) / Sid Farber (TDPS) / Justin Ress (WOLF), 22.15
- Brooks Curry (LSU), 22.22
- Zach Apple (MVN), 22.27
- David Curtiss (HACY), 22.34
- Dillon Downing (SA), 22.38
- August Lamb (UVA), 22.41
- Will Davis (FLOR), 22.43
Caeleb Dressel has really come into his own over the last few days in Omaha, firing off some incredible swims in consecutive sessions, and he kept things rolling in the heats of the men’s 50 free.
Dressel flew down the pool in a time of 21.29, qualifying first by over four-tenths of a second as he takes over the #1 time in the world this year. The previous top time belonged to Vladimir Morozov, who went 21.41 at the Russian Olympic Trials in April.
The swim is also a new U.S. LC Nationals Record, breaking Garrett Weber-Gale‘s 2008 mark of 21.47, and ties Dressel’s fourth-fastest performance ever.
Michael Andrew (21.72) and Nathan Adrian (21.85) won the first two circle-seeded heats to advance second and third overall, while Bowe Becker cracked the 22-second barrier for the first time to qualify fourth in 21.94. Becker is the 20th American male to do so.
From one of the early heats, Brooks Curry demolished his best time by over half a second in 22.22 to advance to the semis as well.
Narrowly missing a second swim was 18-year-old Jack Alexy, the new NAG record holder in the 100 free, who placed 17th in 22.47 to move into a tie for 12th in the 17-18 age group.
Defending Olympic champion Tony Ervin ended up finishing 23rd in 22.61, while fellow veteran Matt Grevers tied for 46th in 22.98.