2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS
- Wave I Dates: June 4-7, 2021
- Wave II Dates: June 13-20, 2021
- Prelims: 10am CDT | Finals: 7pm CDT (8PM finals on Friday & Saturday)
- Where: CHI Health Center / Omaha, Nebraska
- 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifying Cuts
- Wave I & II Event Order
- LCM (50m)
- Day 7 Finals Live Stream (NBC)
- Psych Sheets
- Wave II Live Results
- Day 6 Finals Heat Sheet
Caeleb Dressel was the heavy favorite to win the 100 butterfly at the 2021 US Olympic Trials as defending world champion and world record holder.
Dressel started things out strong in the prelims with a new US Open record of 50.17 to take out Michael Phelps‘ mark of 50.22 from 10 years ago in Indianapolis. He followed up his heats swim with another US Open record in the semi-finals, getting under 50 seconds for the third time in his career with a 49.76 to continue leading the field.
All eyes were on Dressel in the final of the men’s 100 butterfly as speculation grew as to whether or not he could get under the 49.50 world record that he set 2 years ago at the 2019 World Championships. Ultimately, he didn’t manage to crack the world record again and posted a 49.87 in the final to win gold and add the event to his Olympic lineup.
Concurrently with the Dressel storyline, a battle occurred over the 3 rounds of the men’s 100 butterfly. Tom Shields and Trenton Julian began by tying each other for second behind Dressel in the prelims, each hitting a 51.71. Later that day, Shields pulled ahead during the semi-finals with a 51.20 as Julian fell to 5th with a 51.70.
Shields went into the final as 2nd seed to Dressel but still needed to look out for Julian who would be looking to improve, along with Coleman Stewart (51.54), Danny Kovac (51.61), Luca Urlando (51.77), and Zach Harting (51.99) who were all within striking distance.
Tom Shields managed to pull off the second-place finish in the final and qualify for his second straight Olympic team, hitting a 51.19 which is his fastest time in the event in 5 years. Shields will now have a shot at improving upon his performance from the 2016 Olympic Games where he placed 7th overall in the 100 butterfly with a 51.73.
Watch Dressel and Shields pull it off here with their top 2 finish in the 100 butterfly final, as well as Dressel’s 49.76 US Open record during the semi-finals, courtesty of NBC Sports: