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
- Where: CHI Health Center / Omaha, Nebraska
- 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifying Cuts
- Wave I & II Event Order
- LCM (50m)
- Day 3 Finals Live Stream
- Psych Sheets
- Wave II Live Results
When only Kieran Smith managed to get under the FINA A Olympic-qualifying standard during the A final of the men’s 400 freestyle at the 2021 US Olympic Trials, people began asking questions.
It wasn’t totally clear what would happen after a second man was unable to hit the qualifying time in the event. If there was enough room on the roster but no man qualified, we were left wondering who would be named to the team.
It briefly looked like the next man in line was going to be Zane Grothe who actually missed the A final, ending in 11th place overall, because he was the only man other than Smith who had cracked the FINA A during the qualifying period for the Tokyo Olympics.
That was until Jake Mitchell came back for his 3rd 400 freestyle of the meet after finishing in second during the A final with a 3:48.17 – more than a second off the required cut. Swimming along in the heat, Mitchell managed to swim his way to an incredible 3:45.86, getting under his original A final time of 3:48.17, his lifetime PB of 3:47.95, and the Olympic qualifying time of 3:46.78.
Thanks to NBC Sports on YouTube, we now have footage of Jake Mitchell‘s historic one-man Olympic-qualifying race. Watch the race below to see Mitchell likely swim his way on to the 2021 US Olympic team, should the roster cap allow it: