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 8 Finals Live Stream (NBC)
- Psych Sheets
- Wave II Live Results
- Day 8 Finals Heat Sheet
The Florida Gators had an excellent showing in the men’s events at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, specifically in the men’s freestyle events. Florida swimmers managed to pull off a sweep of the men’s free events, winning the 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1500.
There were 3 swimmers responsible for the Gators sweep, each of whom won 2 titles. Rising Florida senior Kieran Smith was the first Gator to win, taking both of the first 2 men’s free events. Smith took the 400 free on day 1 in a new personal best of 3:44.86, vaulting himself into the top 10 in the world this year. He then claimed victory in the 200 free, posting another lifetime best – 1:45.29.
Fellow rising UF senior Bobby Finke was next, winning the men’s 800 free final on day 5. Finke swam a 7:48.22, pulling away at the end of a highly-contested race. The swim was just off his personal best of 7:47.58, but it kept Florida at a perfect 3-for-3 in free events. Finke would go on to win the men’s 1500 in a new personal best of 14:46.06, touching as the only swimmer in the field under 15:00. Finke is the American Record-holder in the SCY 1650 free.
The pair both train with the varsity team at the University of Florida, which is led by Anthony Nesty. Nesty, a former Gator athlete himself and Olympic gold medalist, is already considered one of the most successful coaches among athletes who achieved his level of success as an athlete. In 2018, he was promoted from being Gregg Troy‘s long-time assistant to the head coach of the men’s team when Troy retired. This off-season, he was also put in charge of the women’s program after Jeff Poppell left to become the head coach at South Carolina.
Caeleb Dressel, who graduated from Florida in 2018, but still trains with the adjacent Gator Swim Club under Troy, won the other two men’s free events. Dressel took the men’s 100 free on night 5, clocking a new U.S. Open Record of 47.39. The swim was a touch off Dressel’s personal best of 46.96.
Dressel capped his meet by matching his own American Record in the men’s 50 free. He swam a 21.04, making him the top swimmer in the world this year by nearly 4-tenths of a second.