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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Dave Burleigh
2 years ago

With how stacked the backstroke field is, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a sub-58 swim get left off the team.

Could she throw down a fast prelims 2 free and scratch semis? If she makes the team in another event, she’d still be eligible and available to swim 4×2 at Olympics. Didn’t Lochte do that to get on one of the free relays in ’12 or ’16?

2 years ago

If she makes the team in the 100 back is she capable of beating McKeown

2 years ago

I’m already getting choked up because one of three favorite swimmers will inevitably be on the outside looking in. Remember when Grevers said “there’s no space for me!” *crying emoji*

Mark Nedza
2 years ago

Olivia is the best. Good luck and Go Dawgs!

2 years ago

Where the chase Olivia duo interview

MA 100 breaststroke gold medal
Reply to  50free
2 years ago

both hitting form at the right time

2 years ago

All right, Mel… is this article really about Olivia, or an attempt to lure Bobo Gigi out of retirement? We all know that Mon Cheri is a big fan.

Last edited 2 years ago by PsychoDad
Reply to  PsychoDad
2 years ago

Bobo has been back for a week!

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

With much improved written English. You need to test him on what Lasco’s best time in the 200 free was in March of the year Lasco turned 11.

2 years ago

No 100 free prediction Mel?

2 years ago

Gold Medal Mel is spot-on here.

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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