NBC Releases U.S. Olympic Trials TV Broadcast Schedule

The first finals session of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials – Swimming begins this Sunday night with the men’s and women’s 400 IM finals and the men’s 400 free finals.

The Trials begin with the first prelims session in less than five short days, and NBC will be broadcasting all sessions of prelims and finals between NBC and NBC Sports. The full schedule, which was originally posted on nbcsports.com, is laid out below with times in Eastern Time.

Day Time (ET) Network Key Events
Sunday, June 26 6 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape)
8 p.m. NBC M/W 400 IM; M 400 FR
Monday, June 27 6:30 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape)
8 p.m. NBC W 100 FL, 400 FR; M 100 BR
Tuesday, June 28 7 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape)
8 p.m. NBC M/W 100 BK; W 100 BR; M 200 FR
Wednesday, June 29 7 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape)
8 p.m. NBC W 200 FR, 200 IM; M 200 FL
Thursday, June 30 6:30 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape)
8 p.m. NBC M 100 FR, 200 BR; W 200 FL
Friday, July 1 6 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape)
8 p.m. NBC W 100 FR, 200 BR; M 200 BK, 200 IM
Saturday, July 2 5 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape)
8 p.m. NBC W 200 BK, 800 FR; M 50 FR, 100 FL
Sunday, July 3 7 p.m. NBC W 50 FR, M 1500 FR

Prelims will be taped and then broadcasted directly before the finals. All of the finals sessions will be shown at 8pm ET. Live streams of both the prelims and finals each day will also be available, with more information on that here.

The Trials will be contested in Omaha, Nebraska, which is located in the Central Time zone. Wondering when to head to the live stream (or to NBC for finals if you have access in other time zones)? Check out the time differences below:

Time Zone Prelims (live) Finals (+15 mins for NBC TV start)
Pacific  8AM  4:45PM
Mountain  9AM  5:45PM
Central  10AM  6:45PM
Eastern  11AM  7:45PM
Rio de Janeiro (BRT)  12PM  8:45PM
London (BST)  4PM  12:45AM
Paris/Rome/Madrid (CEST)  5PM  1:45AM
Moscow/Nairobi (MSK)  6PM  2:45AM
Beijing (CST)  11PM  7:45AM
Tokyo (JST)  12AM  8:45AM
Sydney (AEST)  1AM  9:45AM

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7 years ago

So annoying that they didn’t air tonight’s finals in favor of NASCAR. Evwrything I’m seeing online says they were supposed to air the trials tonight at 8:00/7:00 Central. But it wasn’t on, only NASCAR. Huge disappointment.

Tong Wu
7 years ago

Saturday finals are supposed to be on TV but NBC is broadcast NASCAR racing instead!

Reply to  Tong Wu
7 years ago

So disappointing.

Colleen McKeon
7 years ago

Please Adjust the audio in your coverage We cannot hear the commentators over the pool noises/loud speaker/cheering. Would love to hear what they are saying about the swimmers, but it is a painful struggle to do so!!

Reply to  Colleen McKeon
7 years ago

SwimSwam is not in charge of NBC commentators.

7 years ago

Oh joy, they’re going to skip the semis for the 50 freestlye as well. I can’t wait for NBC’s Olympic contract to expire. This is ridiculous.

7 years ago

What’s with NBC! I cannot believe NBC has such limited coverage of the swimming trials! This coverage is the worst by far of the events. No coverage of the prelims, semis, etc. Shame on you NBC–this is the Super Bowl of olympic trials. I hope your network never is able to get coverage again!!!!

Carol Herman
7 years ago

USA all the way!

7 years ago

I think NBC altered the TV schedule for Saturday – it’s showing up on NBCSN on the cable for me. Also Sunday is now tied into track and field trials.

Reply to  Grant
7 years ago

So disappointing. NASCAR is boring!

7 years ago

What’s with the missing semis for the 100 free!!??? If you add up the actual race time for everything competed tonight it would be less than twenty minutes. I REALLY wanted to see these semi finals. What brain trust at NBC decided to leave that out???

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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