(Post thanks to Amanda Smith, University of Southern California)
The first night of World Trials is underway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Only three events took place tonight, so there is not too much going on in regards to the roster selection.. yet.
Here is an easy way to follow the selection process in order of precedence:
1.The top 4 in the 100 & 200 freestyles and then the winner of each Olympic event will make the team
2. The second place finisher in the Olympic events will make the team
3. The winner of the NON-Olympic events will make the team (50s of the strokes, plus the W1500m FR & M800m FR) – if room
4. The 5th place finishers in 100 & 200 freestyles will earn a berth – if room
5. The 6th place finishers in 100 & 200 freestyles will earn a berth – if room
When you think of it like that, you really see how interesting the team selection may pan out over the next few days in Indianapolis. Those 26 spots for the men and women could fill up before we even get through all the Non-Olympic events, based on the amount of doubles we see from swimmers.
There were no “doubles” tonight, but we will see Missy Franklin, Tyler Clary, Ryan Lochte, Katie Ledecky, Matt Grevers, Nathan Adrian, Liz Pelton, and more from the list below compete again and possibly clinch a top spot. That would then create a “double” allowing another spot for a swimmer fitting in the latter selection criteria from above to make the team.
|Cammile Adams||W 200 Butterfly||1st|
|Maya Dirado||W 200 Butterfly||2nd|
|Tom Luchsinger||M 200 Butterfly||1st|
|Tyler Clary||M 200 Butterfly||2nd|
|Missy Franklin||W 100 Freestlye||1st|
|Shannon Vreeland||W 100 Freestyle||2nd|
|Simone Manuel||W 100 Freestyle||3rd|
|Megan Romano||W 100 Freestyle||4th|
|Natalie Coughlin||W 100 Freestyle||5th|
|Liz Pelton||W 100 Freestyle||6th|
|Nathan Adrian||M 100 Freestyle||1st|
|Jimmy Feigen||M 100 Freestyle||2nd|
|Anthony Ervin||M 100 Freestyle||3rd|
|Ryan Lochte||M 100 Freestyle||4th|
|Ricky Berens||M 100 Freestyle||5th|
|Matt Grevers||M 100 Freestyle||6th|
|Katie Ledecky||W 800 Freestyle||1st|
|Chloe Sutton||W 800 Freestyle||2nd|
|Connor Jaeger||M 1500 Freestyle||1st|
|Michael McBroom||M 1500 Freestyle||2nd|
*Tentative berths will be italicized until earned
Tonight 6 berths to Barcelona were earned from the men and women for Team USA – 20 more on each side to fill! Check back tomorrow night to see how the roster continues to unfold.