Caitlin Leverenz Enters Only IM Races At U.S. Olympic Trials


2012 Olympian Caitlin Leverenz will only swim  the 200 and 400 IM at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, per the psych sheets that dropped earlier today.

Last time around, Leverenz swam the 200 IM, 400 IM, 100 breast and 200 breast at Trials, though she only made the Olympics in both IMs. She was 8th in the 200 breast and 23rd in the 100 breast.

Since then, though, Leverenz has transitioned more into a butterflyer than a breaststroker. She went a lifetime-best 2:10.60 in the 200 fly last November at a World Cup meet, opening up the possibility of an Olympic berth in that event.

But the 200 fly semifinal clashes badly with the 200 IM final in the Olympic Trials event lineup. The 200 fly semifinal takes place on Wednesday night, with just one event (semis of the men’s 200 breast) between it and the all-important 200 IM final.

Leverenz’s event selections make clear her priority is on return Olympic trips in both IMs, rather than trying to expand her event lineup at age 25.

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Cynthia mae Curran
4 years ago

She might have a chance since of the younger IM swimmers are swimming lots of events.

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