How Fast Will Olivia Smoliga Swim at U.S. Olympic Trials?

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Olympic and World Champion Olivia Smoliga dropped a surprise best time in the 200m free, clocking 1:57 flat at the Atlanta Classic.  That time puts Smoliga in the hunt to make the Olympic 4×200 free relay, but it conflicts with her schedule at the U.S. Olympic Trials. 100m back is her top priority, and she’s a little cagey about whether or not she’ll swim 200 free in Omaha.

2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Olivia Smolgia PREDICTIONS

Olivia knows what it takes to perform at Olympic Trials, and she appears to be brimming with confidence after the Atlanta Classic.  I think Smoliga’s third trip to Olympic Trials is successful. I see a 58 flat 100m back to make the U.S. Olympic Team.  For the 200m free, I see a prelims swim only, a 1:56 mid, enough to put her name in the hat for the 4×200 free Olympic relay.

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Apathetic
3 months ago

It feels like she has as good of a chance to make the team in the 4×200 as she does the 100 back, but she kinda has to swim the 100 back having gone a best time this season, right? But, I think she makes it in the 4×100 regardless, even if that means foregoing the 200 back.

I think a lot of us are just rooting for her to get on the team. She seems like the glue that holds a team together.

Khachaturian
3 months ago

57.9, 1:55

Yozhik
Reply to  Khachaturian
3 months ago

If she is so good being at the age of almost 27 then what has she been doing during prime years of her swimming career?

Miley
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

If you watched the video she explained how important mindset was and learning gratitude, surrounding yourself with like minded people, etc. She’s only been pro 4-ish years after four years in college. Its learning to be dialed in. Swimmers and coaches evolve. A lot of swimming is learning how to control your headspace. It sounds as though she is in a great place.

Fleur
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

Well, given that she has done PB less than a month ago, one might even say that she’s in her prime right now.

NoFlyKick
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

She has been doing fast swims for a long time. First US HS girl to go 21 in the 50 SCY free.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

Lochte peaked at 26. Sometimes you just keep finding that drive to improve past your early 20s

PVSFree
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

Most other sports have athletes peak in their late 20’s into their early 30’s. I think our perception of when swimmers peak is skewed by the fact that there have historically not been many opportunities for swimmers to compete professionally post-NCAA

Curious swimmer
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

Have you heard of the term “late bloomer”

Fresh Cuts
Reply to  Curious swimmer
3 months ago

I read this as late boomer.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

God, you’re hopeless. And predictable.

Hswimmer
3 months ago

57.9 back second
1:56.3 prelims 200 free
53.5 100 free for a relay spot

Theloniuspunk
Reply to  Hswimmer
3 months ago

Was wondering where the 100 free chatter was.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Hswimmer
3 months ago

I’m liking that. I think she’s gonna bust some great swims.

PFA
3 months ago

If she’s goes 57.9 at trials she becomes a medal threat but I don’t understand was she not really rested for the Atlanta classic when she dropped the 58.3?

Hswimmer
Reply to  PFA
3 months ago

Highly doubt it, uga trains hard in season, might have “slightly” came down

oxyswim
Reply to  Hswimmer
3 months ago

She’s also not exactly built like Simone Manuel or Baker. It might not take a ton of rest to get her swimming fast.

Fresh Cuts
Reply to  oxyswim
3 months ago

being big doesn’t mean more rest. I need a 3-4 week taper and I’m 6’2 165.

tea rex
3 months ago

I think the 200 free is just a training swim for the 100 free. She’s peaking at the right time, and that’s really crucial. There are going to be some hearts broken in that 100 back final.

MA 100 breaststroke gold medal
Reply to  tea rex
3 months ago

all but two hearts will be broken…

Fleur
3 months ago

I’m SO rooting for Olivia to make the team. She is incredibly talented. Watching her swim at the ISL has been nothing short of awesome and she’s super positive about life, she would make a great teammate.

NoFlyKick
3 months ago

Gold Medal Mel is spot-on here.

frug
3 months ago

No 100 free prediction Mel?

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