2016 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS
- Sunday, June 26 – Sunday, July 3, 2016
- CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska
- SwimSwam Preview Links & Schedule
- NBC Broadcast Schedule
- Psych Sheets
Two of the Litherland triplets, Mick and Kevin, tried for the New Zealand Olympic Team this spring but came up short. Nevertheless, their names showed up on the psych sheets for the upcoming U.S. Olympic Trials.
The triplets, Jay included, hold triple citizenship between the U.S., New Zealand, and Japan. You can read more about that here. Because Jay has already represented the USA internationally (he won the 400 IM gold at the 2015 World University Games), he is no longer able to represent NZ or Japan at international meets (like the Olympics).
Mick and Kevin, meanwhile, had not yet competed for the U.S. internationally when it came time for NZ Olympic qualification, so they tried to punch their tickets for Rio under the Kiwi banner. Neither brother was fast enough for Rio qualification at the Canadian Trials in April, which served as a meet for Kiwis to qualify for the NZ team. That means that they have yet to represent ANY country internationally, so they’re still eligible to compete at U.S. Trials to jockey for a spot on the American Olympic team.
They look to be joining their brother Jay in Omaha for the U.S. Trials, as both Mick and Kevin also appear on the psych sheets. Mick is seeded 13th in the 200 fly, 46th in the 100 fly, and 49th in the 400 free. Kevin sits at #12 in the 400 free, #21 in the 1500, and #31 in the 200 free.
Jay, meanwhile, is closest to making the U.S. team. He’s seeded third in the 400 IM as well as 17th in the 200 free with a time that he swam earlier this month, which was a new best time without a full taper. Up to the top six finishers in the 100 and 200 free can make the American Olympic team for the 400 and 800 free relays.