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)
- Day 5 Finals Live Stream
- Psych Sheets
- Wave II Live Results
- Day 5 Finals Heat Sheet
After likely making the Olympic Team by virtue of finishing 2nd in the women’s 400 IM earlier in the week, Hali Flickinger officially punched her ticket to Tokyo tonight, winning the women’s 200 fly. Flickinger swam her race well, hanging back while Regan Smith pushed the pace early. She evened things up at the halfway point, and really pulled away on the final 50, roaring to a new personal best of 2:05.85.
The swim was not only a lifetime best for Flickinger, it also broke her own U.S. Open Record, which had stood for almost 3 years. The previous record was 2:05.87, which was also Flickinger’s previous best, and she swam it at 2018 Summer Nationals.
Here is a split comparison between Flickinger’s 2:05.85 tonight, and her 2:05.87 previous best:
|Split||Hali Flickinger, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials – Final||Hali Flickinger, 2018 Summer Nationals|
Interestingly, Flickinger was faster on the first and last 50s tonight than in 2018, and slower on the 2nd and 3rd 50s. Something of note from watching the race is that Regan Smith‘s underwaters were far superior to Flickinger, so that maybe an area of improvement coach Bob Bowman targets in preparation for Tokyo.
Flickinger remains the #3 American all-time in the event, sitting just behind Kathleen Hersey (2:05.78).