Just Two Swimmers Hit Wave II Cuts On Day 1 Prelims of Wave I Olympic Trials

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

Just two swimmers, Carl Bloebaum and Jacob Steelebettered Wave II Trials cuts on day 1 prelims of the Wave I Olympic Trials meet.

As a reminder, simply making a Wave II cut in this meet isn’t enough to qualify for the Wave II meet. Athletes must finish in the top 2 of an A final in the Wave I meet to move on, regardless of whether they hit a Wave II cut or not. At this point, the time standards themselves are largely symbolic, but tracking Wave II times achieved at this meet help inform the ongoing conversation about how much impact splitting the meet into two waves will have on top-performing swimmers.

There were a couple more close calls with Wave II cuts this morning. Camille Spink was 0.07 off the Wave II cut with a 55.63 in the 100 free. Micah Slaton was 0.13 off the cut in the 200 fly and sits second behind Bloebaum. Autumn Haebig was 0.09 from the cut with a 1:01.58 in the 100 back. Nate Stoffle sits 0.12 off the cut in the 100 back, just behind Steele.

Here’s a look at all the swimmers who hit Wave II cuts this morning:

  • 200 fly: Carl Bloebaum (RAYS) – 1:59.57
    • Wave II cut is 1:59.63
  • 100 back: Jacob Steele (ISC) – 55.46
    • Wave II cut is 55.51

More often, we saw swimmers – or event entire fields – slower than the Wave I cuts. That’s not abnormal for the Olympics Trials, a meet where, historically, lifetime-best swims are extremely hard to come by. Here’s a look at how many swimmers in each event bettered the Wave I cut in prelims today:

  • Women’s 100 free: 7
  • Men’s 100 free: 4
  • Women’s 200 fly: 6
  • Men’s 200 fly: 5
  • Women’s 100 back: 6
  • Men’s 100 back: 22
  • Women’s 800 free (early heat): 0
  • Men’s 800 free (early heat):0

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SwammaJammaDingDong
3 months ago

What a joke of a session that was… Hopefully there are a lot of coaches going absolutely bonkers in team meetings this afternoon.

Mykenzie Leehy
Reply to  SwammaJammaDingDong
3 months ago

You should try going out there and swim yourself then

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Mykenzie Leehy
3 months ago

Most likely failed to make the Wave I cut.

PVSFree
Reply to  SwammaJammaDingDong
3 months ago

Most of them got their cuts in the last couple months. For a lot of swimmers, this likely isn’t their big taper meet; that might not come until July/August. They’re just here to say they’ve competed at Olympic trials (which I have absolutely no issue with, I wish I could say I’ve done that)

Dan
Reply to  SwammaJammaDingDong
3 months ago

What was wrong this morning? Sincere question since I wasn’t there or able to watch.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Dan
3 months ago

It laughable.

Katie Ledecky swam faster at the 2016 Austin Arena Pro Swim Series (15 Jan 2016 thru 17 Jan 2016) than at the 2016 Olympic Team Trials in three of four events:

53.75 vs 53.99
1:54.43 vs 1:54.88
8:06.68 vs 8:10.32

Did any of the national team coaches lose their mind? Oh wait …. it’s a national tragedy!

Patrick
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
3 months ago

Drivel

SwammaJammaDingDong
Reply to  Dan
3 months ago

Only 2 good swims out of hundreds of swimmers… It is just evidence that the cuts are too easy and trials has become a participation trophy event. Focus and race hard, or go home.

Le Monke
Reply to  SwammaJammaDingDong
3 months ago

Unless you are a swimmer going to wave 2 you don’t have any right to say this.

Fresh Cuts
Reply to  Le Monke
3 months ago

I would say even a swimmer in Wave II has no right to say that.

Wave 1.5 Qualifier
Reply to  Le Monke
3 months ago

No need to feed the massive troll.
An ignore feature would be lovely.

swimmerswammer
Reply to  SwammaJammaDingDong
3 months ago

the cuts are too easy? how many do you have?

Khachaturian
Reply to  SwammaJammaDingDong
3 months ago

Very rude

Hswimmer
3 months ago

I think tonight will be way faster, everyone got the jitters and nerves out of the way this morning

Anonymous
Reply to  Hswimmer
3 months ago

I don’t know, didn’t seem like everyone had jitters. Did you see the kids smiles and mugging for the camera after their races 🙂 Living in the moment…

Hswimmer
Reply to  Anonymous
3 months ago

Remember Allison Schmitt faced depression in 2012, where she seemed fine on the outside

Willswim
3 months ago

I can’t keep up with all the awesome content that’s been posted on SwimSwam over the last 24 hours. I’m exhausted from all the reading, but I love it, so keep ‘em coming!

small bird
3 months ago

check out LPT (Long Pool Theory). twitter & FB are suppressing this info.

Yaboi
Reply to  small bird
3 months ago

Can you tell us what it is…?

Swimmer
Reply to  small bird
3 months ago

What’s that?

The Original Tim
Reply to  small bird
3 months ago

I think you mean Nuclear Reactor Pool Theory. Totally fine and social media is not suppressing the info.
https://what-if.xkcd.com/29/

Small bird
Reply to  small bird
3 months ago

Some are speculating that the trials pool is Too Long (hence Long Pool Theory). Estimates range from 50.5m to 50.75m (~1.5ft to 2.25ft too long).

DanSwim
Reply to  Small bird
3 months ago

It’s been my experience that before big meets the pool lengths are checked. This is not Martha Pool’s first rodeo and it would be a huge blow to it’s world class reputation if the length of the pool were off.

Taa
Reply to  DanSwim
3 months ago

What about the current in the pool in Rio? They did a great job on than one

HJones
Reply to  Taa
3 months ago

Did they also do WC’s in 2013? Might be the most blatant example of a current. Just rewatch any of the 50m races from that meet, you’ll see.

Mark Usher
Reply to  DanSwim
3 months ago

Standard practice at big meets for the officiating crew to laser-measure the pool.

SwammaJammaDingDong
Reply to  Small bird
3 months ago

Officials have to laser measure a competition pool to certify it for LSC, age group, and national records. The Deck Ref or Meet Ref would do this as part of their pre-session and post-session checklist. There is zero chance that the pool is 1/2 M too long.

NCAA>ISL
3 months ago

don’t expect great swims out of every kid at this meet. No one there has experienced a meet of this level before

Svird
3 months ago

Isn’t this just supporting evidence that they should make the wave 2 cuts the standard trials cuts moving forward? Don’t see a point in having over half the field with no remote chance at qualifying for the Olympics at the Olympic qualification meet.

They really should just make the trial cuts more elite, and host another nationals meet later in the summer for everybody else.

Really the only justification for the slow cuts is USA swimming wanting to sell trials tickets.

(I never buy the “experience” argument either. With a separate nationals meet you could have way more swimmers swimming finals with A,B,C finals etc).

Admin
Reply to  Svird
3 months ago

There’s a reason to keep them big that’s even more important than tickets.

https://swimswam.com/local-news-is-the-crucial-4th-arm-of-u-s-olympic-trials-financial-impact/

Svird
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 months ago

Fair enough. Not sure if I’m convinced it makes a difference though.

I think making it a commercially attractive entertainment product should be the focus, and that means a smaller meet that highlights the stars.

Maybe just keep it split up this way in the future to have the best of both worlds.

Dan
Reply to  Svird
3 months ago

Svird…totally agree.

PVSFree
Reply to  Svird
3 months ago

That’s what finals is for right? That’s where the Olympic slots are determined anyway. I don’t think every casual swimming fan is going to tune in for prelims if you don’t know someone personally swimming in prelims

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Svird
3 months ago

I agree with splitting up the competition going forward especially with the coronavirus mutations that continue to emerge.

A minimum of the top 40 swimmers in each event (14 events per gender) equals 40 x 14 x 2 = 1120. As if a 1000 plus competitors is not enough for Wave II.

Allot more tickets per family to make up for ticket sales.

Swimmer
Reply to  Svird
3 months ago

as a swimmer with trials cuts but doesn’t have a shot to make the team it’s so exciting to be at a meet where you see people you’ve looked up to your whole life accomplish their dreams and make the olympics and having a separate national meet takes rhat away

SwimmerNotSwammer
Reply to  Swimmer
3 months ago

Congrats on your cuts!

DanSwim
Reply to  Svird
3 months ago

The basis behind the two waves is primarily due to Covid but the cut off times are based on the results of OT going many years back. People w the equivalent of Wave 1 times have made it to the finals of OT in the past…..

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  DanSwim
3 months ago

The lowest seeded swimmer to qualify for the top two in any individual event at the last two Olympic Team Trials (2012, 2016) was ranked 13th.

Last edited 3 months ago by Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Le Monke
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
3 months ago

They said finals not the team.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Le Monke
3 months ago

I stated team not finals.

Swim dad
Reply to  Svird
3 months ago

I was disappointed having the Trials split, but have come to appreciate it. It gives kids an opportunity to make a consolation or final which would be otherwise near impossible for them at Wave II. However, that could be different by next Trials and it gives the up and comers a chance to experience the nerves and jitters of swimmimg at night on a bigger stage that they most likely wouldn’t get at Wave II, plus they still get the chance to advance to Wave II. I see it as a nice building block for the up and coming age groupers with potential to be elite some day but just aren’t there yet. I also think it gives USA Swimming… Read more »

idc
3 months ago

Forget wave 2 how many swimmers where even under the wave 1 cuts?

Anonymous
Reply to  idc
3 months ago

It’s in the article….if you care to read it

PhillyMark
Reply to  idc
3 months ago

Fifty

PhillyMark
Reply to  PhillyMark
3 months ago

~ 22% of swims made wave 1 qualifying time.
< 1% made wave 2 cut

Joris Bohnson
3 months ago

I coudn’t watch the livestream today, I hope it will get fixed

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