Keep Tabs On All Of SwimSwam’s Official 2017 U.S. Nationals Previews

U.S. Nationals are just a few weeks away in Indianapolis, with the Americans selecting their World Champs and World University Games teams for later this summer. We’ve gotten started with our yearly event-by-event previews, and now we’re compiling them all in one place.

Bookmark this page to keep tabs on our previews as they drop. We’ll be updating as we preview each individual race. If you’re the predicting type, you can add your own predictions for posterity in the comments section.

2017 U.S. Nationals Picks & Previews

Click the event name to follow the link to its full preview. We’ll also list the swimmers who would likely qualify for the World Championships if our picks turn out – that’s the top two in each Olympic-distance event, the winners of the non-Olympic events (the 50 fly, back and breast along with the men’s 800 free and women’s 1500 free, which are still considered non-Olympic events by USA Swimming for Worlds selection) and the top 6 in the 100 and 200 frees.


1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
50 Free Anthony Ervin Caeleb Dressel
100 Free  Caeleb Dressel  Nathan Adrian  Ryan Held  Michael Chadwick  Blake Pieroni  Anthony Ervin
200 Free Townley Haas Jack Conger Conor Dwyer Blake Pieroni Clark Smith Gunnar Bentz
400 Free Clark Smith Zane Grothe
800 Free Clark Smith
1500 Free Robert Finke True Sweetser
50 Back Matt Grevers
100 Back Ryan Murphy Matt Grevers
200 Back  Ryan Murphy  Jacob Pebley
50 Breast Cody Miller
100 Breast Kevin Cordes Cody Miller
200 Breast Josh Prenot Will Licon
50 Fly Giles Smith
100 Fly Tom Shields Jack Conger
200 Fly Jack Conger Tom Shields
200 IM Chase Kalisz Will Licon
400 IM Chase Kalisz Jay Litherland


1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
50 Free Simone Manuel Madison Kennedy
100 Free Simone Manuel Mallory Comerford Abbey Weitzeil Lia Neal Amanda Weir Katie Ledecky
200 Free Katie Ledecky Mallory Comerford Simone Manuel Melanie Margalis Leah Smith Katie McLaughlin
400 Free Katie Ledecky Leah Smith
800 Free Katie Ledecky Leah Smith
1500 Free Katie Ledecky
50 Back Kathleen Baker
100 Back Kathleen Baker Olivia Smoliga
200 Back Regan Smith Kathleen Baker
50 Breast  Lilly King
100 Breast Lilly King Katie Meili
200 Breast Katie Meili Lilly King
50 Fly Kelsi Worrell
100 Fly Kelsi Worrell Amanda Kendall
200 Fly  Hali Flickinger  Kelsi Worrell
200 IM Melanie Margalis Madisyn Cox
400 IM Madisyn Cox Bethany Galat

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Go Bearcats

May not be the place to say this, but I think it’ll be Adrian and Ervin in that 50 free.


Dressel and Adrain for me

Go Bearcats

I’d be surprised if anyone upset them in the 100, but I think Adrian is too good on race day to let Dressel beat him.


for me too . I think Ervin is not in his 2016 form . Dressel is !!!! and Adrian is always dangerously fast


Ervin wasn’t really big in 2016 till Trials. A 21.7 may suffice.


i was talking about Rio dude , so chill out .


As much as Ervin was “on form” in Rio, Manaudou, Fratus, and Adrian were not. Timing is everything, and Ervin knows how to rise to the occasion better than any male not named Phelps. He won’t do nearly as well at Trials, which is fine.

The Donald

Yeah he really rose to the occasion in London where he got 5th.


Adrian and Dressel. As an older swimmer, Ervin might not be able to be consistent consecutive years.


Adrian should stop resting for every other meet.


He isn’t?? He’s just consistent


48 low in season, 47.8 at the Olympics.


what you’re saying makes no sense mate


I am saying that Adrian seems too relatively fast to his best times in season. Save all that hard work you put in to a bank, don’t spend it on little things, save it for your goal.


Very few sprinters the last few cycles do their best times at the Olympics.


There are also stories of Adrian popping out 48’s in practice at the OTC in altitude. There are some swimmers who just may not need to taper, while others are huge taper swimmers.


Does the men’s 1500 only have one spot as well?

PVSFree – no, but the men’s 800 would follow that rule.

Andrea Ward

McHugh is one to watch….12th seed in the 400 IM

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