2016 U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS
- Sunday June 26th-Sunday July 3rd, 2016
- CenturyLink Center – Omaha, Nebraska
- Friday-Sunday – Prelims – 11:00 am EDT Finals – 7:45 pm EDT
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There was no prelims session on Sunday morning, the final day of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, with just the finals of the women’s 50 and men’s 1500 freestyle to go in the evening session. But even without any formal qualification racing, there was still an intriguing battle going down in the CenturyLink Center: a time trial in the men’s 100 freestyle among several potential relay participants for Rio.
While there is nothing binding about the race for either National Team Director Frank Busch or men’s head Olympic coach Bob Bowman, the Americans might need the help of some of the participants at the Olympic Games to avoid the disaster that struck at last year’s World Championships, when Team USA failed to even push through to the finals.
While Michael Phelps was absent, Jimmy Feigen swam a 48.68 in the 100 free, which came close to the 48.57 that he swam for 5th-place in the event final; and Ryan Lochte swam a 49.84, which is well short of the 49.13 that he swam in prelims of the event before ultimately scratching out of the semi-finals.
Feigen and Lochte train together at SwimMAC Carolina under the ultimate leadership of David Marsh – head U.S. Women’s Olympic Team coach for swimming.