Psych Sheets Drop For Wave I of 2021 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

USA Swimming has released psych sheets for Wave I of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, which begin this Friday in Omaha, Nebraska.

You can see the full Wave I Olympic Trials psych sheets here.

The Olympic selection meet was split to allow for smaller athlete fields amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Wave I will feature athletes who made the original Olympic Trials qualifying times, with the top 2 finishers in each event moving on to the Wave II meet the following week. Athletes who hit a new set of tougher qualifying times are locked into the Wave II meet already.

In Wave II, the overall results will select the Olympic team, with the top 2 in each event likely making the Olympic roster, along with the top 6 in the 100/200 freestyles.

A few notes on the Wave I psych sheets themselves:

  • As expected, the Wave I meet will feature most of the meet’s youngest competitors. 13-year-old Kayla Han is the youngest qualifier listed on the Wave I psych shsets. She’ll swim the 400 IM for La Mirada Armada.
  • The size of field for each event varies wildly in this bunch. The distance races will be especially thin, with just 10 qualifiers in the women’s 800 free and men’s 800 free, 7 qualifiers in the women’s 1500 free and 14 qualifiers in the men’s 1500 free.
    • Most other events range from 25-40 athletes per event in Wave I, though the men’s 50 free has 96 entrants and the men’s 100 breast has 85.
  • A few notable names in the Wave I field:

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Comet
3 months ago

Less than 72 hrs left

Taa
3 months ago

Entries look pretty thin for this meet.

Dan Doe
Reply to  Taa
3 months ago

Entries are extremely low…very surprising. I think when they separated Wave 1 and Wave 2, a lot of interest went away for potential Wave 1 swimmers. To see races with only 7 swimmers…not very good. This may be one of the quickest run meets in history.

Taa
Reply to  Dan Doe
3 months ago

Imagine how empty the stands will be…they will have to pipe in some fake crowd noise. They might even lose money on this part of the event.

Osd
Reply to  Taa
3 months ago

Don’t think they can rent out arena that big for 4 days, draw under 10% capacity and make money for those 4 days.

Admin
Reply to  Osd
3 months ago

The renting of the arena is a sunk cost – they have it booked for those days anyway.

I’m sure there’s some incremental cost for arena staff, maybe some electricity building, but the timing of the pool build was late May whether Wave I happened or not.

swimfast
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 months ago

Good point. So I guess having the meet was really not necessary but also not a loss. Kinda just random

Admin
Reply to  swimfast
3 months ago

There’s an angle here that a lot of us don’t think about, and I’m going to explore this more in a separate post, but ticket sales and sponsorships and even TV aren’t the only revenue that is generated by the Olympic Trials meets.

Seth
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 months ago

USA swimming can also use this meet as a practice and trial for the wave 2.

Check to see if timing system works or find any glitches.

Osd
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 months ago

Thanks, I obviously don’t know the details of the agreement, makes sense as they have to build pool, etc. it’s not like an existing facility where they can just show up the day of or day before the. Meet.

Swammer
Reply to  Taa
3 months ago

Will there be more athletes in the Wave II meet than the Wave I meet?

iubfr
Reply to  Swammer
3 months ago

definitely

Last edited 3 months ago by iubfr
mister man
Reply to  Swammer
3 months ago

there is 200 less swimmers at wave 2

mister man
3 months ago

I thought that top 2 finishers in wave 1 move on to wave 2?

Ger
Reply to  mister man
3 months ago

That is the case, you are correct.

Samesame
3 months ago

Very limited QT times in mens 200 free, hence very limited entries

Inclusive Parent
3 months ago

On psyche sheet, folks are listed as having W-1 or $W-1 cut… anyone have an idea what that $ is for?

Swimmer
Reply to  Inclusive Parent
3 months ago

Usually used to mark someone who hasn’t completed safe sport training I think.

wkkd
Reply to  Swimmer
3 months ago

oh no stay away from them!

wkkd
Reply to  wkkd
3 months ago

they WILL groom you

osd
Reply to  Inclusive Parent
3 months ago

Sometimes it means that don’t have the time verified yet – like done in a time trial that isn’t in the database.

Inclusive Parent
Reply to  osd
3 months ago

That would make sense… but I looked in Swims, and many of these are 2018 and 2019 times, which seems odd not be verified…. And they aren’t altitude adjusted either, which I thought might be possible. Those seem to have an *W-I for their designation.

swimfan210_
Reply to  osd
3 months ago

The non-verified times are marked with asterisks, not dollar signs

Thunderbolt
3 months ago

What if a swimmer has a time that qualifies for wave II, but in other events has only achieved a wave I cut? To swim all their events, do they have to swim at both meets? Seems that would make it tough to perform optimally in the wave II meet, which presumably is the person’s best event.

James Beam
Reply to  Thunderbolt
3 months ago

If you have a wave II cut and you have other events that are wave I, you swim all of your events at wave II.

swimfan210_
Reply to  Thunderbolt
3 months ago

If you have at least one wave II cut, you swim in the wave II meet. You can swim other events with a wave I cut as a bonus event, so you only swim at the wave II meet.

wkkd
Reply to  swimfan210_
3 months ago

wait but what if i have two wave 1 cuts and one wave 2 cuts

wkkd
Reply to  wkkd
3 months ago

oh buns im already in omaha and im not even sure if im gonna be allowed to compete

NC Fan
Reply to  wkkd
3 months ago

You swim Wave 2. Good luck.

Thunderbolt
Reply to  swimfan210_
3 months ago

Thanks for the information. Just like NCAAs, it sounds, whereby if you have an “A” cut, you can swim “B” cuts that would not have otherwise been sufficient to get an invite.

Apathetic
3 months ago

Surprised Reilly Tiltmann doesn’t have a Wave II cut already

osd
3 months ago

You also have former US Open champ Danny Tucker swimming the 50, as well as Division III legend and rocket scientist Wyatt Ubellacker.

wkkd
Reply to  osd
3 months ago

im a rocket scientist if rockets are absolute dime piece 10s

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