NCAA Programs With the Most Athletes on the 2020 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team

The U.S. Olympic Trials provides both a venue for the best swimmers in the United States to earn the privilege to represent their country at the Olympics as well as the opportunity for NCAA programs to flex their we-make-Olympic-swimmers muscles.

In 2021, a total of 20 NCAA institutions will be represented by athletes on the United States Olympic Swimming Team headed to Tokyo. Here’s a breakdown of which programs are represented on this Olympic team.

Keep in mind this is a list of the programs at which an athlete finished their NCAA careers or is currently attending. Some swimmers, such as Natalie Hinds or Gunnar Bentz, had very successful NCAA careers at one program but are currently training with a different pro group, not their alma mater. Other, younger swimmers, such as Regan Smith, are committed to swim at certain universities but have not yet begun their NCAA careers.

Also worth a shoutout is Emory University, which via Andrew Wilson (who now trains nearby at the University of Georgia) has become the first NCAA Division III school to have a swimmer on the U.S. Olympic Team.

*Committed recruits that have not yet begun their NCAA careers with the program they are linked to in this article.

Women’s Roster

Swimmer NCAA Undergrad Events
Emma Weyant Virginia* 400 IM
Paige Madden Virginia 400 free, 4×200 free relay
Alex Walsh Virginia 200 IM
Kate Douglass Virginia 200 IM
Allison Schmitt Georgia 200 free, 4×200 free relay
Hali Flickinger Georgia 400 IM, 200 fly
Olivia Smoliga Georgia 4×100 free relay
Katie Ledecky Stanford 200/400/800/1500 free, 4×200 free relay
Brooke Forde Stanford 4×200 free relay
Simone Manuel Stanford 50 free
Regan Smith Stanford* 100 back, 200 fly
Torri Huske Stanford* 100 fly
Abbey Weitzeil Cal 50 free, 100 free
Katie McLaughlin Cal 4×200 free relay
Natalie Hinds Florida 4×100 free relay
Lilly King Indiana 100 breast, 200 breast
Annie Lazor Auburn 200 breast
Erika Brown Tennessee 100 free, 4×100 free relay
Rhyan White Alabama 100 back, 200 back
Catie DeLoof Michigan 4×100 free relay
Phoebe Bacon Wisconsin 200 backstroke
Lydia Jacoby Texas* 100 breast
Erica Sullivan Texas* 1500 free
Haley Anderson USC Open Water
Ashley Twichell Duke Open Water
Claire Curzan HS – Uncommitted 100 fly
Bella Sims HS – Uncommitted 4×200 free relay
Katie Grimes HS – Uncommitted 800 Freestyle

Men’s Roster

Swimmer NCAA Alma Mater Events
Chase Kalisz Georgia 200 IM, 400 IM
Nic Fink Georgia 200 breast
Jay Litherland Georgia 400 IM
Gunnar Bentz Georgia 200 fly
Andrew Seliskar Cal 4×200 free relay
Ryan Murphy Cal 100 back, 200 back
Bryce Mefford Cal 200 back
Tom Shields Cal 100 fly
Caeleb Dressel Florida 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly, 4×100 free relay
Kieran Smith Florida 200 free, 400 free, 4×200 free relay
Bobby Finke Florida 800 free, 1500 free
Zach Apple Indiana (transfer from Auburn) 4×200 free relay
Blake Pieroni Indiana 4×100 free relay
Michael Brinegar Indiana 800 free, 1500 free
Townley Haas Texas 200 free, 4×200 free relay
Drew Kibler Texas 4×200 free relay
Jake Mitchell Michigan 400 free
Patrick Callan Michigan 4×200 free relay
Bowe Becker Minnesota 4×100 free relay
Hunter Armstrong Ohio State 100 back
Zach Harting Louisville 200 fly
Brooks Curry LSU 4×100 free relay
Andrew Wilson Emory 100 breast, 200 breast
Michael Andrew N/A 100 breast, 200 IM, 50 free
Jordan Wilimovsky Northwestern Open Water


Swimmer Tally By University

  • Georgia – 7
  • Cal – 6
  • Indiana – 4
  • Florida – 4
  • Stanford – 3 (5)
  • Virginia – 3 (4)
  • Michigan – 3
  • Texas – 2 (4)
  • Northwestern – 1
  • Tennessee – 1
  • Auburn – 1
  • Louisville – 1
  • Emory – 1
  • LSU – 1
  • Ohio State – 1
  • Minnesota – 1
  • Duke – 1
  • USC – 1
  • Wisconsin – 1
  • Alabama – 1

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Gogo bibi
9 months ago

What is that N/A college MA is coming from???

9 months ago

Missing 100 free for Zach Apple

Just Curious
9 months ago

Wasn’t Marcia Moery the first D3 swimmer to compete in the olympics, 1976 Montreal?

Swimmer A
9 months ago

Andrew Wilson – Emory

So awesome.

Just Curious
9 months ago

Wasn’t Marcia Morey the first D3 swimmer to participate in the olympics. (Montreal 1976?)

Reply to  Just Curious
9 months ago

Yes and no. Millikin women’s swimming is currently an NCAA Division III program, but at the time it was not.

Wilson’s first is related to programs that were classified as NCAA Division III at the time of qualification.

Haven’t looked back, but there were some very good swimmers throughout history from what are now Division III schools. It’s possible one or two made Olympic Teams. So we’d need to review that thoroughly to declare her the first.

Just Curious
Reply to  Braden Keith
9 months ago

Thanks and sorry about the double posting.

9 months ago

Add another category of “who counts as a University’s alumni”? Who are the most decorated Olympic medal winners in swimming? Michael Phelps. What about Olympic Track & Field: Allyson Felix. Michigan claims Phelps and USC claims Felix. Both are “alums” because they got their degrees there but neither ever competed in the school’s athletic programs because they went straight to the professional ranks. But they both count as a “hit” in these school alumni box scores.
A hybrid of this is dual “university citizenship” categories. Think distance legend Janet Evans. She swam competitively for Stanford but got her degree from USC. Both can rightly claim her in the official “Alumni” status.

As the saying goes: It gets complicated!

Mark Nedza
9 months ago

Go Dawgs!

9 months ago

Why isn’t Liberty University listed for Michael
Andrew. You know that Shellenberger will shout it out

About Reid Carlson

Reid Carlson

Reid Carlson originally hails from Clay Center, Kansas, where he began swimming at age six.  At age 14 he began swimming club year-round and later with his high school team, making state all four years.  He was fortunate enough to draw the attention of Kalamazoo College where he went on to …

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