Murphy, Dressel, Schmitt & Manuel Named 2020 USA Olympic Swimming Captains

Ryan Murphy, Caeleb Dressel, Allison Schmitt, and Simone Manuel have been announced as captains of the United States’ Tokyo 2020 swim team. The selection was revealed to the team by team member Hunter Armstrong as he performed a card trick with the assistance of fellow Olympians Jay Litherland and Lilly King:

The selection of 4 captains for the 2020 Olympic team represents the smallest lineup of captains in recent years as there were 5 selected in 2012 and 6 in 2016. Allison Schmitt represents the only 2-time captain this year, having served in the role back in 2016 alongside Elizabeth Beisel (three-time Olympian), Cammile Adams (two-time Olympian), Nathan Adrian (three-time Olympian), Anthony Ervin (three-time Olympian), and Michael Phelps (five-time Olympian). Schmitt is the most experienced member of this year’s Olympic squad and will be making an appearance at a 4th straight Olympic Games, having swum at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Games.

Schmitt won Olympic gold in the women’s 200 freestyle in London and also collected silver in the 400 free. Along with her 2 individual Olympic medals from 2012, she has also won 6 relay medals across her 3 Olympic appearances. Schmitt qualified to race the women’s 200 freestyle in Tokyo by delivering a second-place finish to Katie Ledecky at the recent U.S. Olympic Trials.

The other 3 captains—Murphy, Manuel and Dressel—are all set to represent the United States at their 2nd straight Olympic Games, and all collected gold medals at Rio 2016. Ryan Murphy became a 3-time Olympic gold medalist in 2016 by nabbing first place in the men’s 100 and 200 backstrokes along with the men’s 4×100 medley relay.

Manuel on the other hand won gold in the women’s 100 freestyle back in 2016 by tying Canada’s Penny Oleksiak. Manuel has remained a dominant force for the U.S. since then and won gold in the 100 freestyle and both the 2017 and 2019 World Championships. Manuel failed to qualify for her signature 100 freestyle this year at the 2021 US Olympic Trials, placing 9th overall in the semi-finals. She discussed after the fact that she was recently diagnosed with over-training syndrome earlier this year.

Manuel bounced back on the final day of Trials, however, and powered her way to a 1st place finish in the women’s 50 freestyle, earning herself a spot on the team.

Since Rio 2016 where he collected gold in the men’s 4×100 freestyle and medley relays, Caeleb Dressel has risen to become one of the world’s fastest and most talented swimmers. Dressel won an incredible 7 gold medals at the 2017 World Championships and collected 6 golds and 2 silvers at the 2019 World Championships. He will enter as a potential 3-event individual winner in Tokyo after having won the 50 free, 100 free, and 100 butterfly at Trials.

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Bruh
2 months ago

Always knew hunter was magic in the pool but I didn’t know he could perform magic.

oxyswim
Reply to  Bruh
2 months ago

Some people had been throwing around the nickname “Magic Man” for him, but I thought it was just in reference to his swimming as well.

Chris
Reply to  Bruh
2 months ago

He’s the GOAT

Dressel_42.8
2 months ago

The Magic Man!

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  Dressel_42.8
2 months ago

YESSIR

Dressel_42.8
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
2 months ago

Gator Chomp we need to meet up before the big dance.

Deepblue
2 months ago

The most impressive part is that Hunter was unanimously voted as team captain for both the men’s and women’s teams, yet still somehow got the cards to say Murphy/Dressel and Schmitt /Manuel. Legend.

Horninco
Reply to  Deepblue
2 months ago

So I guess this site has replaced Dean Farris

PFA
Reply to  Horninco
2 months ago

Harvard president Dean Farris can never be replaced but right now it’s Hunter magic man Armstrong’s time to shine.

Cate
Reply to  Deepblue
2 months ago

1000 up votes

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
2 months ago

The magic man.

Eric the eel > Phelps
2 months ago

I’d choose Ledeckyr over Manuel

50free
Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
2 months ago

Ahhh but there was something that gave Manuel the edge over ledecky…….

Swimmer T
Reply to  50free
2 months ago

Stop it, just stop it. Given four individual events and relay(s) and her known fondness for Schmitt and Manuel, Ledecky probably demurred. And even if she didn’t, so what?

moonlight
Reply to  50free
2 months ago

and what exactly is that edge..?

Eric the eel > Phelps
Reply to  50free
2 months ago

“Inclusion, diversity, BLM”

Coach
Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
2 months ago

In the year 2021, we should not be having the discussion that a person was elected by her peers to be a captain because of her skin color.

Last edited 2 months ago by Coach
Eric the Eel > Michael Phelps
Reply to  Coach
2 months ago

That was a joke mate, relax

Daaaave
Reply to  Eric the Eel > Michael Phelps
2 months ago

Your jokes are bad, tell better ones next time

Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
Reply to  Daaaave
2 months ago

The poster in question you responded to is a joke.

He said what?
Reply to  Eric the Eel > Michael Phelps
2 months ago

No, it wasn’t.

Cate
Reply to  Eric the Eel > Michael Phelps
2 months ago

Actually, it wasn’t. Grow up “mate”

Remember Me?
Reply to  Coach
2 months ago

And yet here we are

just a coach
Reply to  Coach
2 months ago

Not having a discussion about it doesn’t make it any less true…

Yozhik
Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
2 months ago

I don’t know what captain’s duties are and how the selection process was run but the making of Manuel a captain is a strange decision.
Simone Manuel passed the Trials with the broken spirit with very uncertain prospects of having any medals in this Olympics. And by her own words the help from above was the only hope at Trials. Is it the mood that American team needs now? That strongly resembles the situation with Missy Franklin in 2016. She barely made for individual race in 200FR and everybody was happy for her and same words of her importance to the American Olympic team were said. It turned out to be a disaster in a month.
I think… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Yozhik
SCCOACH
Reply to  Yozhik
2 months ago

Yozhik the position is team captain, not who is going to be the best swimmer at the Olympics. Lots of people are inspired by Simone Manuel, it’s not a strange decision.

Yozhik
Reply to  SCCOACH
2 months ago

That is exactly what I was thinking about. We are not talking about people being inspired by Manuel’s achievements in general. We are talking about American Olympic Team where all members are accomplished swimmers who don’t need “inspiration”. They need a group leader who will make their desire to show the best of them even higher. They need a person who is able providing a help if something isn’t going the way it was dreamed to be.
I’ve seen her at Trials and she didn’t make the impression of being such a person at the moment. But I’m not a member of American team and my opinion doesn’t count.
I’m just telling that for me personally there was… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Yozhik
Cate
Reply to  Yozhik
2 months ago

You’re right, it doesn’t

Yozhik
Reply to  SCCOACH
2 months ago

4

Last edited 2 months ago by Yozhik
SwimFan
Reply to  Yozhik
2 months ago

There is nothing strange about the team voting for Simone as Captain! Many find her very inspirational and motivating! It’s not about who is the fastest or who has the most events.

Last edited 2 months ago by SwimFan
Cate
Reply to  Yozhik
2 months ago

The team votes on the captains. It’s only “strange” in your eyes. Perhaps you don’t understand the meaning of “captain”. It’s not an MVP. Look at the past team captains and maybe you’ll get a better grip on things.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
2 months ago

Saying that Simone only got picked for captain because of her skin color is literally racist

just a coach
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 months ago

And her being picked for it as well is also racist.

Mr Piano
Reply to  just a coach
2 months ago

Here’s the thing. You’re assuming that she was picked for it because of her race and not because she deserved it. That’s racist.

Swim2
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 months ago

But she didn’t deserve it, shes not good anymore

C J
Reply to  Swim2
2 months ago

Dumb comment.
So if N.Adrian had made the team and was voted captain would you say he didn’t deserve it, he’s not good anymore?
What about Schmitt? She’s swimming 200 free and that wasn’t even the second fastest time at OT. Madden was faster in semis. Does she deserve to be captain? Is she still good enough?

Yozhik
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 months ago

What color is your piano? I’m pretty sure it is black. Doesn’t it make you a racist? 😀 English is not my mother tongue but even I know that you are using the word “racist” inappropriately.
You don’t even know who and why had chosen Manuel a captain: the team, coaches? And if there were other alternatives. And if anybody care at all about this, including selected captains.

Cate
Reply to  Yozhik
2 months ago

The team chooses the captains. Hopefully that answers your question.

Remember Me?
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 months ago

I mean, can you show us how you know that wasn’t why she was picked?

That’s not even a point worth arguing, though. These are overwhelmingly symbolic positions that maybe only have influence over the minor athletes on the team.

Chris
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 months ago

you mentioning race is racist. This whole forum is racist and everyone on it. I’m offended (even though i’m writing in it as well).

JDM
Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
2 months ago

Garbage comment. Garbage person.

Daaaave
Reply to  50free
2 months ago

A greater number of votes from the team

SuperSwimmer 2000
Reply to  50free
2 months ago

Not swimming as many events and can focus on the team a little more? That’s part of the reason Phelps wasn’t captain until his last go-round. He had to be focused on the 8-event program, not on duties as team captain.

Cate
Reply to  SuperSwimmer 2000
2 months ago

Actually that wasn’t the reason Phelps was never chosen until Rio. He said he didn’t think the team cared for him very much in the past because he was so isolated. His words, not mine.

Cate
Reply to  50free
2 months ago

Of course there was. The team voted for the captains they wanted. That’s how it works. Hopefully you’ll understand that explanation

Klorn8d
Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
2 months ago

It’s not about who’s the fastest swimmer. Simone is probably more a vocal leader where ledecky seems pretty quiet

Hswimmer
Reply to  Klorn8d
2 months ago

Facts

Chris
Reply to  Klorn8d
2 months ago

exactly.

ACC fan
Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
2 months ago

Ledecky has more experience for sure. Maybe people thought with Simone’s light schedule she’d have more time to be captain.

Cate
Reply to  ACC fan
2 months ago

*sigh* the team votes for who they want to be the captains. It’s not number of medals, or number of events, or amount of experience.

Coach
Reply to  ACC fan
2 months ago

Ledecky has only been on the national team for a year longer than Simone. Ledecky- 2012 Olympics. Simone- 2013 Words.

Shane Potsdam
Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
2 months ago

We found the racist dude..

Last edited 2 months ago by Shane Potsdam
Eric the Eel > Michael Phelps
Reply to  Shane Potsdam
2 months ago

For info, I’m a black man (from Africa)

Chris
Reply to  Eric the Eel > Michael Phelps
2 months ago

stop mentioning where you are from. It’s racist.

Cate
Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
2 months ago

You’re not on the team.

Wanna Sprite?
2 months ago

The magic man

Rookie
2 months ago

I assume selections are based on a team vote and/or the coaches’ decision? Ledecky seems like a big omission.

Last edited 2 months ago by Rookie
Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
Reply to  Rookie
2 months ago

Katie Ledecky probably volunteered to play mother hen to Bella Sims and Katie Grimes when the team arrives in Tokyo.

Yozhik
Reply to  Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
2 months ago

I don’t think that the girl who swims 15:52 and 8:20 needs a mother hen.
Ledecky was two months younger than Katie Grimes in London. But watch one more time her race in London. She stands behind the starting block very confident. No nervous moves of fixing something or stretching. Ready for the kill. The other Katie may not trained in PR yet but is very tough and ready for the “two Katies show in final”

Last edited 2 months ago by Yozhik
Drewbrewsbeer
Reply to  Rookie
2 months ago

Pretty sure Phelps only captained in Rio, FWIW

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Rookie
2 months ago

I don’t see why everyone is so reluctant to go there. Ledecky with her record and at her age is a blatant snub, not merely an omission. Maybe she asked not to be captain. Otherwise it makes no sense, given third straight Olympics and gold in each of the prior two. As the article indicates they dropped down to 4 captains when recent precedent had been higher. Also I bet Lilly King was ticked

Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
2 months ago

Lilly King only cares about Lilly King.

#BigBully

Cate
Reply to  Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
2 months ago

I’m sorry. What exactly brought this on?

Omaha-ha-ha
Reply to  Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
2 months ago

Annie Lazor would tell you differently.

Coach
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
2 months ago

With all due respect, I think you are confusing being captain with being MVP. If being a captain had anything to do with age or medals, Lochte and Franklin would have been captains at some point during their Olympic tenure.

Cate
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
2 months ago

There were only 4 captains in Rio, Adrian, Phelps, Schmitt and Beisel. If voting on a captain is based on your record there wouldn’t need to be a vote, now would there?

Opie
Reply to  Cate
2 months ago

Incorrect. There were 6 captains in Rio. You omitted Anthony Ervin and Camille Adams.

leisurely1:29
Reply to  Rookie
2 months ago

More surprised by Dressel being named captain given his heavy schedule, but it could work with Murphy’s schedule being more front-end of the meet and his being more back-end.

Cate
Reply to  Rookie
2 months ago

Team vote. If it was based on olympic appearances or medals there wouldn’t need to be a vote.

Canadianswimmer
2 months ago

No Ledecky? A 3 time olympian

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Canadianswimmer
2 months ago

Phelps wasn’t elected captain until his 5th.

Cate
Reply to  Canadianswimmer
2 months ago

If that’s what they based it on, the team wouldn’t need to vote.