Lochte in 11; Coughlin in 5; Dara Just 1 Event for Trials

  48 Braden Keith | June 19th, 2012 | Featured, News, U.S. Olympic Trials

With the release of the 2012 US Olympic Trials psych sheets, we can now answer at least some of the questions that have been pondered about the potential makeup of the American team. What has to always be remembered though is that athletes won’t necessarily swim all of the events in which they are entered.

See the full psych sheet here.

This is especially true in the case of a swimmer like Ryan Lochte, who is entered in 11 races individually. He is unlikely to swim that full load, but has hinted that he might swim more than expected. Gregg Troy didn’t shy away from big schedules, as Lochte’s teammate Elizabeth Beisel is entered in 9.

We already knew the schedules of Missy Franklin and Michael Phelps from previous reports, but we can now see them on paper.

Among the swimmers totally absent include Dagny Knutson, who was on last year’s World Championship Team but has waned in her training the last few months (and hasn’t competed in a long time). Chip Peterson, who says he’s “hardly been training,” is also not on the list.Julia Smit, who we’ve been told unofficially is retired, verified that by not entering Trials – she hasn’t raced since Winter Nationals in December.

Many had been clamoring for the legendary Dara Torres to swim the 100 free for a possible relay spot, but she didn’t ever actually achieve the Olympic Trials qualifying time. If she makes the team in the 50, the coaches will have the option (though unlikely they’d use it) to put her on a relay.

Natalie Coughlin is sitting out the 200 free, though she was on that relay in Beijing. Then again, its not as though the relay really needs her. She will, however, be at least entered in the 100 fly and the 100 back.

Tyler Clary has left the door slightly ajar for taking an easier Olympic path with the 400 free on day one than his primary 400 IM by entering both races.

Jasmine Tosky, who has the most entries of anybody in this meet, will limit herself to only 6 entries. Dana Vollmer will have one fewer than that with 5 entries, including the 200 free that she scratched at Worlds last year.

Katie Hoff is entered in the 400 IM and the 200/400/800 freestyle. That’s probably the best schedule of events she could have – though she dropped the 200 IM, which (as one of our readers pointed out) will loosen up that final significantly.Morgan Scroggy, who was a 2:11 in 2010, is also (maybe more surprisingly) not entered in that 200 IM.

In other IM news, Ariana Kukors is entered in the 100 and 200 breast and the 200 IM, but not the 400 IM. That’s a race that she was in the top 10 in the world in during 2010, but with stepped-up competition in the 200 IM likely, she’s opted out of the longer race at this meet. The 200 is where she’s the World Record holder and her best shot at Olympic gold.

Peter Vanderkaay is entered in 6 events – including most surprisingly the IM’s. He had a great (albeit surprising) 400 IM at the Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix; he’s unlikely to swim that race on the first day because of the 400 free in the same session, but it’s notable none-the-less.

Michael Phelps (7) – 100/200 free; 100/200 fly; 200/400 IM; 200 Back
Missy Franklin (5) – 50/100/200 free; 100/200 back
Natalie Coughlin (5) – 50/100 free; 200 IM; 100 fly; 100 back
Ryan Lochte (10)- 50/100/200/400 free; 100 breast; 100/200 back; 100/200 fly; 200/400 IM
Jasmine Tosky (6) – 100/200 fly; 100/200 free; 200/400 IM
Dara Torres (1) – 50 free
Tyler Clary (6) – 200 fly; 200 back; 200/400 IM; 200/400 free
Allison Schmitt (5) – 50/100/200/400/800 free
Dana Vollmer (5) – 100/200 fly; 50/100/200 free
Elizabeth Beisel (9) – 200/400 IM; 200/400/800 free; 100/200 back; 200 breast; 200 fly
Ariana Kukors (3) – 100/200 breast; 200 IM
Peter Vanderkaay (6) – 100/200/400/1500 free; 200/400 IM

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48 Comments on "Lochte in 11; Coughlin in 5; Dara Just 1 Event for Trials"


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gosharks
4 years 1 month ago

Lochte just posted on Twitter:

Did a 50 meter underwater, from a push went 23.8. Not bad still need a lil more rest

liquidassets
4 years 1 month ago

Lochte’s entered in everything except the 1500 and the 200 breast, but I’m guessing he only swims 7 of the 11 entered, then cuts it down from there: the IM’s the backs, the 100/200 free (100 heats only) and 100 fly

Grayson Gibson
4 years 1 month ago

Ryan Lochte (10)- 50/100/200/400 free; 100 breast; 100/200 back; 200 fly; 200/400 IM
If his qualifying list doesn’t say it enough, then i don’t know what will. This guy is the world’s most diverse swimmer period. Watch for really big things from him peeps. ALso, I think one of the most underated swimmers is Tyler Clary. With Phelps possibly swimming the event the first day, I say the men’s 400IM will be the race to watch: Clary. Phelps.Lochte I can’t wait to watch

Rafael
4 years 1 month ago

50 free 100 free and 400 free.. no Medal for him at all.. 100 free just for 4×100 relay. maybe prelim of 4×100 medley..

100 back, can´t see him medalling there, must be trying also for 4×100 medley prelim.

200 fly I don´t know how good he can be, but can´t see a medal for him on this also.

Probably he will stick for sure (Medal Chance)

200 free 200 IM 400 IM 200 back and 3 relays..

USSwimFan
4 years 1 month ago

Lochte’s 100 Fly/Back are both going to be interesting….He is of course trying to get a medley relay spot and either of these 2 strokes could be his best shot for a 2nd place finish. The backstroke field is so loaded and McGill is proven at WC’s in the fly…so we’ll just have to see.

Rafael
4 years 1 month ago

he´s not going for 100 fly.. but for 100 breast.. Considering that the breast is actually US weaker leg on relay.. he may have a chance for medley in that also..

Rafael
4 years 1 month ago

Sorry.. I´ve read Grayson comment and didn´t see 100 fly that were on the news itself.

Justin Thompson
4 years 1 month ago

Lochte put up a good 100 fly late in the season and I could actually see him having a shot at the top 2. Much better chance than he would have at the 100 breast. Sure the Americans are weak in the event, but he’s a good 2.5 seconds slower than the top guys in the event and would get smoked.

Justin Thompson
4 years 1 month ago

No way he swims 10. Have you ever seen him swim a 200 fly? No question he’s verstatile but Phelps can swim just as many events at the same level.

4 years 1 month ago

What happend with Dagny Knutson?

John Sampson
4 years 1 month ago

I agree. She still trains in Gainesville, she tweets about practice still, so I’m confused why shes not in the meet. Strange? You should do an interview with her.

BLEE
4 years 1 month ago

She decided in January that she wouldn’t swim at Trials

http://www.minotdailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/566359/Knutson-opts-out-of-Olympic-Trials.html?nav=5016

A few days ago, I saw reports that she had opted out due to a “health” reason. But it looks like those articles have been retracted.

Nostradamus
4 years 1 month ago

health issues is putting it lightly. she’s not allowed to compete.

Daaaave
4 years 1 month ago

“Not allowed” is a weird thing to say. By doctors? Parents? The Law? ….

But you probably knew I was going to ask that…

Nostradamus
4 years 1 month ago

doctors orders

Colin
4 years 1 month ago

Really disappointed to not see Dagny swimming at the meet. Also did I miss Julia Smit? I hadn’t seen results from her in a while. Is she out of the sport as well?

John Sampson
4 years 1 month ago

If your gunna give lochte all that credit, what about his female counterpart and training partner Elizabeth beisel? She’s in the 200/400/800 free, 100/200 back, 200/400 IM, 200 breast, and 200 fly. That’s 9 events and she didn’t even get a mention!!!

Other things I’ve noticed is that Katie Hoff and morgan scroggy are not in the 200 IM which makes that final heat a lot less crowded. I’m surprised Katie is in the 200/400/800 frees and 400 IM- seems like a lot of free for someone who said she was focusing on the IMs. I think she will light up the pool, hopefully it’s enough. also Allison Schmitt is in the 50/100/200/400/800 frees, which I think is extremely incredible to do all of those speeds.

4 years 1 month ago

Some of you guys are reading too much into the psych sheet (IE – Lochte isn’t going to swim the 100Br, 50Fr, etc).

Since he has to pick one, I’m thinking that Clary rolls the dice in the 400 Free instead of the 400IM… where he’s almost guaranteed 3rd.

Will the Phelps 200 back happen?

don
4 years 1 month ago

Guaranteed third? Does Tyler know that because I don’t think he does. His confidence is amazing, I mean really amazing.If you have ever heard his interviews their is not a shred of doubt in his voice or demeanor that he has as good a shot in the 4im as ANYBODY.
Dont think he will make top 6 in the 2free though.

And as somebody pointed out, just because you are entered it doesn’t mean you will swim it.

Nostradamus
4 years 1 month ago

and just who do you think he’s going to beat? having confidence is great, but you have to be realistic. he’s become the new Margalis. 3rd place is the best he’s going to do this trials in the I.M., come 2016, he’s the man to beat.

Keith
4 years 1 month ago

If Clary scratches the 400IM for the 400 free I will be beyond shocked. He has a chance to win an Olympic medal in the former but not the latter. He’s a strong bet to make the team in the 200 back so earning a spot in the 400 free would be almost meaningless. Clary has a good attitude and is not aiming for for second he’s aiming to win gold. Moreover, Phelps has looked much better in his other events than the 400IM this year. Clary wants to race those guys anyway.

Matt
4 years 1 month ago

I do think that Phelps will give Clary a heads up on what he’s choosing to do so that he can make the best decision for himself before the scratches are due the night before.

don
4 years 1 month ago

The only heads up will be when he finds out if Phelps scratches, I don’t see them as buddy’s, and to be honest, I dont think that enters into Clary’s decision. I just don’t see it . It may be different if he were a shoo-in for the 4free but he’s not and he has been training IM.

Chud McGuffin
4 years 1 month ago

Clary’s in the 2free also!

Tea
4 years 1 month ago

Don’t read too much into this… a lot of swimmers enter in everything they qualify in because there’s nothign to lose by scratching. The only surprises are what events swimmers are NOT entered in. So what I’m surprised by is:

Katie Hoff not in the 200 IM. It’s on the same day as the 200 free, which makes me think she’s not too confident going into trials, opting for the 6-person qualifying event over the 2-person qualifying event. Hope I’m wrong though.

Ariana Kukors is not swimming the 400 IM or 200 Free. She’s just entered in the 200 IM and breaststrokes, which means she’s basically putting all her chips on that 200 IM.

No Dagny Knutson or Julia Smit? Too bad…

joeb
4 years 1 month ago

kukors hasn’t swum 4im in forever…can’t remember the last time i saw her name in results..maybe not enough training to go that long. she was faster last year heading to worlds then this year heading to trials. it should be interesting…that olympic spot has been empty for her for a long time

Martin
4 years 1 month ago

I really though Allison Schmidt would have been in the 200fly. She’a been racing it a lot lately but that may be due to the 200free SF?

aswimfan
4 years 1 month ago

I think Beisel is going to swim a scorching time in 400 IM, very likely a 4:30

bobo gigi
4 years 1 month ago

The goal for the stars isn’t to swim incredible times at these trials but is to swim them at the olympic games. How many times before have we seen swimmers not able to swim faster at the olympic games with trials so close to the major competition? I think it has been very often. Elizabeth Beisel has a good margin and a 4.32 can be enough. Same thing for Dana Vollmer in the 100 fly. I think a 57 low is enough for her and at the olympic games she can win the gold medal with perhaps a world record. Same thing for Missy Franklin. The world record in the 200 back must come at the olympic games. Same thing for Rebecca Soni who has a huge margin over the third swimmer in her events so she can easily qualify and keep her best for the olympic games.

bobo gigi
4 years 1 month ago

I’m very disappointed by Ryan Lochte. I thought he would swim all events at these trials.

Nick
4 years 1 month ago

+1

Lisa
4 years 1 month ago

LMAO

Nick
4 years 1 month ago

Sorry I haven’t seen the psyche sheet.
What about David Nolan? Does he have a shot or have to wait until 2016?

aswimfan
4 years 1 month ago

Nolan?

2016, if at all.

He doesn’t seem to be as good in the real pool as he is in the short pool.

gosharks
4 years 1 month ago

Does anyone have thoughts on records that will be broken next week? For some reason I’m feeling like the meet won’t be as lights-out-fast as everyone might be expecting. I think 2 AR’s: Schmitt 200 Free and Vollmer 100 Fly.

aswimfan
4 years 1 month ago

the women 200 free AR is a given, not sure about the 100 fly, it is (56.4) very fast already.

other high possibility:
women 200 back, 400 free, 400 IM.

On the men’s side, it is hard to see any AR broken, just because many of them would be the WRs

swimphile
4 years 1 month ago

Can’t argue with either of you on this (200 free American Record). Schmitt is a mere 0.09s away from overtaking her own AR, and that 1:55.04 of hers was achieved in season…insane!

For comparison’s sake, the next fastest American this year, Vollmer, who’s no slouch exactly at this distance, would have to drop a full 2.29s from her Santa Clara GP pace to surpass the current record. Possible – a tentative yes…probable – a resounding no.

As strong as Vollmer has looked as of late, my gut feeling is that she will reserve something in the tank for London, and just go fast enough here to guarantee a slot on the squad for the 100 fly – her closest domestic competitor, Coughlin, is 1.34s slower this season, so that should give Vollmer some breathing room. Unless she decides to have a go at her own AR in the semis, which is always a possibility I suppose.

A relatively long shot would be the 200 breast – if anyone can do it at this distance, it’d be Soni going after her own record, as a dress rehearsal for smashing Pierse’s WR in London, which she has been flirting with for quite a while and which certainly must be a primary goal of hers after what happened in Rome.

As for Hoff’s 400 free AR, I don’t see anyone who’ll pose a serious threat at the American trials, not even the oft underestimated Schmitt or the promising Ledecky.

Same goes for Hoff’s 400 IM record – Beisel will drop a ton of time from the famous Troy taper, but Omaha is a bit too soon, and Shanghai after all was a bit of a perfect storm for her in this event (now come London, could be quite a different story).

Leverenz has made important improvements on her weaker strokes, but her free is still an archilles heel for her, and relying on a single monster leg no matter how dominant her breast is simply won’t be good enough to demolish the record at this point.

Keith
4 years 1 month ago

I think the women’s 100 back AR might go. 59.1 at Nats from Missy last year after a huge time zone jet leg and long plane flight was impressive. Had she swam it in Beijing it would have gone. So if she breaks her own AR in the 200 back then it would seem certain she’d take down the AR in the 100 back as well. The only obstacle is the schedule.

I definitely think the men’s 200IM AR/WR may go. If Phelps and Lochte are in better shape this Olympic year it should go.

John Sampson
4 years 1 month ago

i think allison and missy (megan romano anyone?) should be under the american record. it also wouldnt surprise me if allison was 4:02. i dont think vollmer will get hers here. i think the 100 breast is a possibility with soni and hardy swimming as wellas they have been. beisel will get the recorded-whether its here or london. and caitlin leverenz is going to be much much better in the 200 IM than the 400. but i dont know if anyone will ever touch kukors record, its just too amazing.

aswimfan
4 years 1 month ago

John Sampson,

The women 100 breast AR will not go, not in Omaha, not in London.

John Sampson
4 years 1 month ago

Why don’t you think the breaststroke? Soni wasn’t that far off last year. Just curious.

And since megan romano is the short course record holder, I think she has to be in the conversation, I mean who wouldve thought she would go 1:41? But I personally don’t think she is capable of a 1:54 yet, but I defiantly think she can go a 1:55 high or 1:56 low which would put her in the mix for an individual swim.

aswimfan
4 years 1 month ago

Soni has been stagnant at 1:04.93-1:04.91 in the past two years, and from 1:04.91 to go under 1:04.45 is still a big gap to cross.

Soni has better chance of breaking the 200 WR than the 100 WR.

About Megan Romano, she might be SCY american record holder in 200 free, but keep in mind that SCY to LCM is almost like two different sports altogether.

I think Simon Burnett is still the 200 free SCY record holder, and when he went that 1:31.20 in 2006, it was considered among the greatest SCY record ever.
But Burnett’s 200 free LCM is only 1:46.59 from 2005, and while 1:46.59 is respectable, it wouldn’t win any medal in international competition, even in 2005.

aswimfan
4 years 1 month ago

re: Romano, 1:55 high or 1:56 low would not get you an individual swim, when Schmit and Franklin can swim 1:54mid

Mike Schmidt
4 years 1 month ago

I’m sad about Knutson! 🙁
I wish her a healthy & full recovery from whatever is ailing her…….

BigTimeSwimmer
4 years 1 month ago

I’m a big fan of David Nolan, but no olympics this time around. I actually got to swim beside him, he’s the real deal. I’m sure he’ll be a force in 2016

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