Lauren Poole on 2021 Oly Trials: “I have a way better shot of proving myself”


Reported by Nick Pecoraro.


  • Meet Record: 4:33.55, Elizabeth Biesel (ABF), 2016
  • Wave II Cut: 4:47.72
  • Wave I Cut: 4:51.79

Top 3:

  1. Lauren Poole (Kentucky), 4:42.32
  2. Summer Smith (Bluefish), 4:42.53
  3. Alexis Yager (Tennessee), 4:45.83

Kentucky’s Lauren Poole came in with a strong breaststroke to pass up backstroke specialist Summer Smith, setting up a race for the last 100 yards freestyle. Under the flags, stroke-for-stroke, it was Poole who out-touched Smith by 0.21s for the win, 4:42.32 to 4:42.53. Tennessee’s Alexis Yager (4:45.83) and Kathleen Golding (4:46.12) both swam under the Wave II cut for 3rd and 4th, respectively.

Poole and Smith now rocket up to No. 10 and No. 11 in the nation this season. At the same time, 18-year-old Smith now moves up to No. 29 in the all-time 17-18 age group rankings.

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200 Back Trials Cut
1 month ago

Wow, that first 2016 Trials cut… what a throwback to the first ever LP Invitational!

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