Interactive Maps/Graphs: 2021 U.S. Olympic Swim Team By Training Hub, Age, More

Below, we’ve put together a set of interactive maps and graphs in a Tableau viz to help visualize the 2021 U.S. Olympic swim team.

  • The free relays include all qualifiers, including relay-only qualifiers who may only swim in prelims.
  • Medley relays include only the fastest swimmer in the 100 of each stroke. For the men, we went with Caeleb Dressel on butterfly and Zach Apple on freestyle.
  • A few of the icons on the training base map have been moved slightly, to help avoid stacking two logos on top of each other to the point that only one is visible. (The adjusted icons were for the University of Minnesota & the Riptide Swim Club, and Stanford University & the University of California).
  • Listed ages are as of U.S. Olympic Trials.
  • 2019 focus meets are limited to the summer of 2019. Swimmers who swam relay-only at Worlds, but swam individually at a lower-level international meet are listed with the meet where they swam individual races.
  • For simplicity’s sake, we’re counting 2021 college seniors as alumni, unless we’ve gotten confirmation that they’ll be returning to school for the extra fifth year of eligibility.

The viz is embedded below. Mobile users may want to follow this link to view the viz on its own browser tab.

2021 U.S. Olympic Swim Team

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2 years ago

Jared – interesting graphic, thanks. Given the laws of small numbers, it’s hard for me to have any takeaways from this, save ‘mostly college age kids qualify for olympics, so those are the places represented.’ Did you have any takeaways?

Small numbers: ‘YYY had 2, but XXX had 1’ , can’t reasonably say ‘YYY is twice as successful in representing as XXX. Maybe, with Georgia at 5, you could say something? If we mapped personal bests to the training centers, we could say YYY tapered better than ZZZ.

2 years ago

The Women’s 100 fly is the youngest event.

It’s early on the Olympic schedule.

How Claire Curzan and Torri Huske compete against the world champion MacNeil and veteran Emma McKeon will be riveting.

2 years ago

I’d be interested in seeing how seeds performed eg the lowest seed to make semis/finals, seeds of all the team members, how Wave I swimmers performed in Wave II, how Wave I swimmers performed compared to Wave II swimmers in general – something along those lines.

He Gets It Done Again
2 years ago

This article is great. SwimSwam for the win

2 years ago

Jared – what about the open water swimmers or those with international open water experience?

Ashley, Haley, Jordan and Michael Brinegar all trained at Mission Viejo (MVN is Haley and Michael’s club team, too). Ashley and Jordan trained there occasionally and whenever they needed a pool to train in.

Also, all 4 competed at Worlds (in Open Water and maybe Jordan in the 1500) but are not shown on the roster on your interactive map.

2 years ago

Gregg Troy geeked af in that pic

Reply to  leisurely1:29
2 years ago

All of the coaches except for maybe Peter Andrew look ridiculous in this picture. I love it.

ACC fan
Reply to  DMSWIM
2 years ago

Peter Andrew is one handsome man.

2 years ago

That’s a nice visualization. I was thinking about how North Baltimore Aquatic Club (NBAC) used to have so much representation. I think that Alison Schmitt is the only 2021 OT member with any NBAC affiliation.

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2 years ago


Reply to  Coach
2 years ago

I totally failed on that observation. Oops.

2 years ago

Katie Ledecky isn’t in the Team photo. WHY?

Reply to  Dave
2 years ago

If my count is correct, there are about 30 athletes in the picture. And 50 athletes going to Tokyo.

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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