Jordan Wilimovsky Out Of World Trials, Will Focus On Open Water

Jordan Wilimovsky confirmed to us today he will not compete at the US World Championship Trials at the end of the month, opting to focus on open water at the World Championships.

Wilimovsky was expected to run away from the field in the men’s 1500 this year, especially with the absence of Connor Jaeger and Michael McBroom. His best of 14:45.03, done at the Olympics last summer when he finished 4th, is nearly 20 seconds clear of the next fastest active American. However, after doing both pool and open water in Rio, he has decided to take a step back from the pool for the year.

On his decision:

I’m not planning on going to world champs trials this summer. It’s the first year of the quad and the meet is right after Northwestern graduation, so I just decided to do open water this summer. I’m going to try and focus on both the 1500 and 10k though and hopefully swim both next year.

Two years ago in Kazan, when Wilimovsky was solely focusing on open water, he took the gold medal in the men’s 10K. Last summer, shortly after competing in the pool, he took 5th in a very close race.

With Wilimovsky out, we’ve had to adjust our picks in the men’s distance events. Initially we had him 1st in the mile and 3rd in the 800, but with this change True Sweetser is now our pick for the second Worlds spot in the 1500, along with Robert Finke. Check out our updates picks in the 1500 and 800.

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Do we have a miler that can final ?


doubt it


Wow, this will be out weakest event by far. Reminds me of trials back in 2009 when our fastest mile was in the 15:05-10 range (and that was with tech suits)

Someone may come out of the wood work and break 15:00, but it will take a sub 14:55 to final at worlds

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We’d just need someone like Grothe or Finke to emerge from hiding and drop a 14:53 or faster… I don’t like the odds, but stranger things have happened.


The hard part is doing 14:53 or whatever a couple times within a month


Will the US even have 2 with the A cut? I’m too lazy to look it up.


There seems to be a good amount of U.S. distance talent in the 15-18 age range, but it looks like it’s gonna be a couple of years before anyone can seriously compete with the big boys. Unless Wilimovsky or Smith decides to give it a shot next year.


I think i said this a few times on the thread about picking World Champ Trials. Thanks for the credit. 🙂

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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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