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 Prelims Live Stream (NBC Olympics)
- Psych Sheets
- Wave II Live Results
Regan Smith is a world champ and world record-holder – but now she can add “U.S. Olympian” to that impressive resume.
Smith was one of three first-time Olympians locked into berths after night 3 in Omaha. Five more swimmers are likely to make their first Olympic teams, provided enough swimmers qualify in multiple events to keep the roster under the 26-person cap.
Smith won the 100 back tonight, beating arguably the toughest field of any event at these U.S. Olympic Trials. The time of 58.35 was well off her best, but Smith could breathe a sigh of relief after finally making her first Olympic team, almost two full stressful and chaotic years after she broke out on the international scene with two world records at 2019 Worlds.
Drew Kibler and Andrew Seliskar are locked into their first Olympic teams after placing 3rd and 4th, respectively, in the 200 free final. They’ll both swim on the 4×200 free relay, joining Kieran Smith (who booked his first Olympic trip on night 1) and Townley Haas. Haas was on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team in this 200 free.
Other potential first-time Olympians include Rhyan White in the 100 back, Lydia Jacoby in the 100 breast, Hunter Armstrong in the 100 back, Zach Apple in the 4×200 free relay and Patrick Callan in that same 4×200 free relay.
Update: Jake Mitchell will also likely make his first Olympic team after an electric time trial of the 400 free tonight. Mitchell was 2nd in the 400 free final, but didn’t make the FINA “A” cut. He time-trialed the race alone in the pool after tonight’s finals session, going 3:45.86 and putting himself in line for an Olympic berth.
2021 U.S. Olympic Roster After Day 3
Tonight’s new qualifiers are noted in bold.
Tentative qualifiers (who need a certain number of multi-event qualifiers to be officially added) are listed in italics
- Emma Weyant: 400 IM
- Torri Huske: 100 fly
- Katie Ledecky: 400 free
- Regan Smith: 100 back
- Lilly King: 100 breast
- Hali Flickinger: 400 IM
- Claire Curzan: 100 fly
- Paige Madden: 400 free
- Rhyan White: 100 back
- Lydia Jacoby: 100 breast
- Chase Kalisz: 400 IM
- Kieran Smith: 400 free, 200 free, 4×200 free relay
- Michael Andrew: 100 breast
- Townley Haas: 200 free, 4×200 free relay
- Drew Kibler: 4×200 free relay
- Andrew Seliskar: 4×200 free relay
- Ryan Murphy: 100 back
- Jay Litherland: 400 IM
- Jake Mitchell: 400 free
- Andrew Wilson: 100 breast
- Hunter Armstrong: 100 back
- Zach Apple: 4×200 free relay
- Patrick Callan: 4×200 free relay
Here’s an overly-simplifed version of the U.S. Olympic selection process: the team can have a maximum of 26 men and 26 women. Swimmers are added to the roster in these priorities until the roster cap is hit:
- Top 4 in 100/200 frees, Winner of all other events
- 2nd-place finisher in all events (besides 100/200 free)
- 5th-place finisher in 100/200 free
- 6th-place finisher in 100/200 free
We track ‘doubles’ as a way of knowing when the next priority of swimmers can be officially added to the team. A ‘double’ is effectively a swimmer qualifying in more than one event. One swimmer qualifying in three events counts as two ‘doubles’ for our purposes.
The Magic Numbers:
- 6 doubles on either the men’s or women’s side means all priority 2 athletes (2nd-place finishers) can be added for that gender
- 8 doubles on either the men’s or women’s side means all priority 3 athletes (5th-place in 100/200 free) can be added for that gender
- 10 doubles on either the men’s or women’s side means all priority 4 athletes (6th-place in 100/200 free) can be added for that gender
After Day 3:
- Men: 1 double (Kieran Smith‘s 200/400 free)
- Women: no doubles
The doubles are low right now, but that’s not necessarily unusual. There have only been 5 men’s finals and 5 women’s finals so far. Doubles usually grow exponentially as the week goes on. Tomorrow’s women’s 200 free final should provide several double opportunities, and the men have lots up for grabs on day 5 with the 100 free final.