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
- 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifying Cuts
- Wave I & II Event Order
- LCM (50m)
- Day 3 Prelims Live Stream (NBC Olympics)
- Psych Sheets
- Wave II Live Results
- Day 3 Prelims Heat Sheets
Both Manuel and Smoliga were tentative entries in the event, as they both have additional events to focus on where they’re favorites to make the team. However, they were seeded 2nd and 5th, respectively.
For Smoliga, the 200 freestyle semi-finals would have conflicted with the 100 backstroke finals tonight, where she is seeded 2nd behind Regan Smith. Smoliga will most likely need all of her energy for the final, as it is extremely tight behind Smith. Smoliga will also contest the 50 and 100 freestyle, where she could challenge for a relay spot or individual berth.
Manuel, meanwhile, does not have any additional events tonight. However, she has the 100 freestyle and 50 freestyle later in the meet, both of the events she won the 2019 World Championship titles in. Going into both events, Manuel is the heavy favorite. However, fast-rising teenagers Torri Huske and Claire Curzan have made big strides in the event and could challenge her.
Assuming Manuel and Smoliga make the team in other events, they may be in the position for coaches’ consideration spots on the 4×200 freestyle relay. Manuel holds the 3rd fastest time amongst Americans this Olympic cycle with her personal best of 1:56.09 that she set leading off the 4×200 freestyle relay at the 2019 World Championships. Smoliga came into the meet with a best time of 1:57.04, which she just set at last month’s Atlanta Classic. Given that she swam that time un-tapered, Smoliga has room left to possibly improve her time in Tokyo.
DeLoof is also in the 100 backstroke final, and her coaches feel that it is better for her to conserve her energy for the race. Plus, DeLoof also has the 100 freestyle later in the week, which is arguably her best event, as she represented the US at the 2019 World University Games as a member of the 4×100 freestyle relay. DeLoof was originally seeded 28th in the event.