2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS
- Wave I Dates: June 4-7, 2021
- Wave II Dates: June 13-20, 2021
- Prelims: 10am CDT | Finals: 7pm CDT
- Where: CHI Health Center / Omaha, Nebraska
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- Day 1 Finals Heat Sheet
Reported by James Sutherland.
WOMEN’S 400 IM FINAL
- World Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 4:26.36 (2016)
- American Record: Katie Hoff – 4:31.12 (2008)
- US Open Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 4:31.07 (2015)
- World Junior Record: Yu Yiting (CHN) – 4:35.94 (2021)
- 2016 Olympic Champion: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 4:26.36
- 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Maya DiRado – 4:33.73
- Wave I Cut: 4:51.79
- Wave II Cut: 4:47.72
Not to be outdone by the wild ride that was the men’s 400 IM, the women’s event will come out of Day 1 as an early contender for race of the meet.
Just like she did in the prelims, butterfly specialist Hali Flickinger jumped out to the early lead, turning in 1:01.42 at the 100. The Sun Devil Swimming representant sat a full two seconds clear of the field after the backstroke leg, and then things got a little crazy.
Melanie Margalis, known for her massive back-half splits in this race, had a Chase Kalisz-esque breast leg, splitting 1:15.42 to go five seconds faster than Flickinger and pull almost even with her going onto the freestyle.
Weyant turned on the jets, and Margalis tightened up, earning Weyant, the 19-year-old Sarasota Shark, the victory and her first Olympic berth in a time of 4:33.81.
Weyant, who deferred going to school at Virginia for a year, improves on her previous best of 4:35.47, set at the 2019 Summer Nationals.
Flickinger smashed her personal best time of 4:37.55, set in April, to snag second from Margalis in 4:33.96, leaving the 29-year-old Margalis locked out of an Olympic spot in 4:34.08. Margalis’ best stands at 4:32.53.
Smith had her best swim since 2017 in the event, finishing a close fourth in 4:34.55.