Familiar Schedule, But No Relays, for the 2017 USA Worlds Trials

by Robert Gibbs 18

January 10th, 2017 National, News

USA Swimming has released the official meet info for the 2017 Phillips 66 National Championships, which will be held in Indianapolis, June 27th-July 1st, and will once against double as the selection meet for the 2017 World Championships team, among others.

The schedule will be the same as it was in 2013 and 2014, the last two times that the summer nationals meet served as a major selection event.  Here’s a quick rundown:

Day 1 – Tuesday, June 27
200 Butterfly
100 Freestyle
Women’s 800 Freestyle
Men’s 1500 Freestyle

Day 2 – Wednesday, June 28
200 Freestyle
200 Breaststroke
200 Backstroke
50 Butterfly

Day 3 – Thursday, June 29
400 IM
100 Butterfly
50 Breaststroke
50 Backstroke

Day 4- Friday, June 30
400 Freestyle
100 Breaststroke
100 Backstroke

Day 5 – Saturday, July 1
Women’s 1500 Freestyle
200 Individual Medley
Men’s 800 Freestyle
50 Freestyle

The big change, in terms of event schedule, will be that there will not be any relays contested as this meet.  This probably isn’t a huge loss for most fans, as many of the biggest names rarely swam on relays at nationals, preferring to focus their energy on their individual events.  However, occasionally you would get to see the likes of Tyler Clary leading off SwimMac’s 400 medley relay, or a great showdown between less-known college teams in the 4×200.

Unlike Olympic Trials, there will be no semi-finals.  Instead, swimmers will compete in prelims in the morning, and the finals of those same events that evening.  The 800/1500 free events will be competed as timed finals, with the fastest heats swimming in the evening.

Swimmers over the age of 18 will be eligible for both championship (A) finals and consolation (B) finals, with only those athletes in the A final eligible to be selected to the World Championships team.  There will also be a separate C final for those swimmers who are 18 and younger.

On paper, this format should lead to some of the bigger names going after event combinations they couldn’t do at Olympic Trials, due to conflicts with other events in the same session.  We could see versatile guys like Josh Prenot and Will Licon go after the 200 IM (same session as the 200 breast at OT’s) or Caeleb Dressel compete for a spot in the 100 fly (same session as the 50 free at OT’s).

Swimmers will have to compete here in order to qualify for any of the three major international meet teams this summer: World Championships, World University Games, and World Junior Championships.

Neither Michael Phelps (retired) nor Ryan Lochte (suspended) will be competing at a major selection meet / national championship for the first time in what feels like forever.  However, there will be plenty of other world class swimmers who should be appearing in Indy, and who we will be keeping you updated on over the next six months.  A short list includes world record holder and multiple Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky, Missy Franklin, who will be looking for a bounce back campaign, Anthony Ervin, the oldest swimmer ever to win an individual Olympic gold, and a host of other veterans and up-and-comers.

As we reported earlier, this year the national championships will also serve as the culminating event for the 2017 Arena Pro Swimming Series, which begins this week in Austin, Texas.

In This Story

Leave a Reply

9 Comment threads
9 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
16 Comment authors
newest oldest most voted

No schedule is perfect and event conflicts for versatile swimmers always seem to lead to what ifs.

Steve Nolan

When was the last time there wasn’t either Phelps or Lochte at one of these? Phelps took a couple off and…idk, maybe Lochte did?

I’m too lazy to look it up; let’s just say 1999.


Indy is the place to be this year… Looking forward to watching an amazing NCAA championship and the world championship trials right here in my hometown! Both meets will be epic!

Sir Swimsalot

AND Junior Worlds

Want to take your swimfandom to the next level?

Subscribe to SwimSwam Magazine!