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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1 month ago

Emma Weyant hasn’t swam for Virginia yet. She trained in Sarasota.

Do you read?
Reply to  Mac
1 month ago

“ Other, younger swimmers, such as Regan Smith, are committed to swim at certain universities but have not yet began their NCAA careers.”

Reply to  Do you read?
1 month ago

So it dies not apply. If they haven’t actually trained there. And no, I did not see what should have been an asterisk.

Reply to  Mac
1 month ago

Just like Huske and Smith haven’t swam for Stanford. Read the asterisk please.

1 month ago

Missing 200 free and 400 free individuals for Smith.

Reply to  dresselgoat
1 month ago

And others.

Curious George
1 month ago

But UVA has been saying they have the most?

Reply to  Curious George
1 month ago

There are lots of ways to define “most,” and collegiate programs are very good at slicing and dicing the data to make their most sound like more.

They count Catie DeLoof, who trains there as a post-grad, but went to Michigan.

Flickinger, Schmitt, and Bentz all don’t currently train at Georgia. + Andrew Wilson and Hinds they should have credit for 6, which would be one more than Virginia’s number.

Therefore, Virginia takes credit for 5 currently training there, but Georgia should have 6 current trainees.

But among swimmers who swam undegrad there for 2020-2021, it’s Virginia, I guess, with 4? All of Georgia’s are post-grads.

Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Chase is at Georgia training. All Georgia people graduated a while ago! No current or to be American Dawgs

Joel Lin
Reply to  Ghost
1 month ago

Bauerle’s long term track record is legendary. The scope and depth of what his swimmers have accomplished in the sport beggars a describe. He is simply on the shortest short list of the greatest ever.

Big meets, Dawgs all day every time. Fast water down Athens way.

Reply to  Ghost
1 month ago

Thanks. I stand corrected.

Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Doesn’t Cal have 6 either way? All 6 of theirs went there and currently train there. I guess Virginia’s logic is that they are a split program? Seems pretty cherry picked.

Reply to  Swammer
1 month ago

Good point.

Maybe UVA’s 4 are the most swimmers via the 2020-2021 NCAA season? I think that math checks out. Which is maybe the most valuable metric.

Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Florida claimed credit for Dana Vollmer for probably 10 years after she left there in 2006 lol
Cal W swimming claimed credit for Jessica Hardy for a long time too

Last edited 1 month ago by moddiddle
Mark Fessler
1 month ago

Why is Georgia listed 1st and 3rd?

1 month ago

Georgia is listed twice

1 month ago

Strange how few swimmers are currently on rosters for these college teams. Seems like a vast majority of these athletes are either in H.S. or already post-grad.

1 month ago

Michael Andrew liberty uni hs diploma

Big Chonkay
Reply to  accredited!
1 month ago

Good ol Liberty U, where they still teach creationism for a biology degree. Checks out that he’s anti vax with that education

1 month ago

I’d love to see non-U.S. lists too. Auburn has 8 with Annie, plus the internationals.

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