At the 2022 US Open Championships, 48 men and 51 women earned cuts for the 2024 US Olympic Trials, hitting a combined 159 cut times across all of the swimming events.
2024 US Olympic Swimming Trials Qualifying Times:
|2:16.09||200m Individual Medley||2:03.49|
|4:49.89||400m Individual Medley||4:25.19|
As reported on night 1 of the meet, Katie Ledecky and Will Gallant were the first female and male, respectively, to hit Olympic Trials qualifying times as both swimmers hit cuts in the 800 freestyle.
On the women’s side, the most hit cut time was in the 100 backstroke, where a total of 10 swimmers hit cut times. In contrast, only 2 swimmers hit the cut in the 400 IM, making it the least frequently hit cut. On the men’s side, 8 people hit qualifying times in both the 100 freestyle and 400 IM, making them the most commonly-hit cuts. The least hit cut came in the 200 butterfly, where only Nick Albiero and Zach Harting hit the qualifying time.
Out of all of the athletes, 200 backstroke world record holder Regan Smith hit the most cuts total, coming out of the meet with 5 different cuts across the 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, and the 200 IM. Leading the men, Zane Grothe and Ivan Puskovitch each hit cuts in 4 different events, with both swimmers qualifying in the 400, 800, and 1500 freestyle events. Grothe also hit a qualifying time in the 200 free, while Puskovitch qualified in the 400 IM.
The oldest qualifiers on the men’s and women’s sides were 33-year-olds Kaitlyn Johnson and Brandon Fischer. Johnson hit her cut time in the 50 freestyle, swimming a time of 25.51 in the event. She made headlines last year when she qualified for the US National Championship after being retired from competitive swimming since 2016, pursuing crossfit as her primary form of training. Fischer has also shown that age is just a number in recent years, throwing down best times in the 100 breaststroke on multiple occasions.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, 15-year-olds Sean Green and Sylvia Roy were the youngest swimmers to hit qualifying times for the meet. Roy, the youngest female qualifier, hit her cut in the 100 backstroke, swimming a time of 1:01.89 to match the OT qualifying time. Green managed to hit cuts in both the 1500 freestyle and 400 IM, also making him the youngest multi-event qualifier for the meet.
Here’s a look at the full list of swimmers who have hit 2024 Olympic Trials cut times so far:
|50 free||Gabi Albiero||25.06|
|100 free||Gabi Albiero||54.9|
|200 free||Katie Ledecky||1:56.74|
|400 free||Katie Ledecky||3:59.71|
|800 free||Katie Ledecky||8:13.90|
|1500 free||Katie Ledecky||15:44.13|
|100 back||Regan Smith||57.95|
|200 back||Regan Smith||2:05.28|
|100 breast||Kaelyn Gridley||1:08.46|
|200 breast||Gillian Davey||2:27.06|
|100 fly||Regan Smith||57.65|
|200 fly||Regan Smith||2:07.30|
|200 IM||Regan Smith||2:10.40|
|400 IM||Emma Weyant||4:41.85|
|50 free||David Curtiss||21.92|
|100 free||Matthew King||49.05|
|200 free||Jake Mitchell||1:47.38|
|400 free||Jake Mitchell||3:49.65|
|800 free||Zane Grothe||8:02.95|
|1500 free||Zane Grothe||15:30.22|
|100 back||Daniel Diehl||53.07|
|200 back||Daniel Diehl||1:56.41|
|100 breast||Christopher Mikuta||1:00.96|
|200 breast||Chase Kalisz||2:10.10|
|100 fly||Zach Harting||51.99|
|200 fly||Nick Albiero||1:56.32|
|200 IM||Chase Kalisz||1:56.52|
|400 IM||Chase Kalisz||4:10.99|
Lilly King made the 50 free but not 100 breast yet, lol. Had no idea she could sprint free so well.
Kathryn Hazle (400 IM) represented Canada Internationally. She lives and trains in San Diego but is a member of the Canadian JR Team.
Who will get every Q time first?
Honestly, I could see Curzan, Sims, Huske, or Grimes push that mark. I’d say Grimes and Sims are the most likely given the fact that they already are strong in the distance events. On the men’s side, I’m not entirely sure. If Dressel was in 2017/2019 form, I think he could give it a go. Bobby Finke also comes to mind, though I’m not entirely sure how his other strokes are individually.
Sims and Grimes could get close, save the breaststrokes.
I think Casas, Foster and Kieran also could get most qualifying times.
Hannah Bach – 1:09.63?
Not a single qualification from the Cal men yet. Program in decline?
This is only based off of the US Open, which a majority of major collegiate programs did not attend.
dude- its NCAA season, not long course season. These guys have to represent their colleges. Wait until the summer.
You missed Ivan Puskovitch who qualified in the 400 free with his 3:55.20 in prelims to make the A final. He has 4 qualifying times total.
Fun fact: Ivan P was the first person who ever asked to take a picture with me as “Braden of SwimSwam.” It was at Open Water Nationals at Miromar one year.
We’ll make sure he gets added, thanks for the tip!
You included at least one non-American in your list. Katrina Bellio is Canadian.
Thanks for the catch. USA Swimming’s database wasn’t showing all of the times or which swimmers were foreign so I had to comb through them by hand multiple times. Even with that its possible I missed something.
Lillie Nordmann 200 free 2:00.29
I seriously doubt Regan Smith will swim the women’s 200 meter individual medley at the USA Swimming Olympic Team Trials not after watching Kate Douglass beat Alex Walsh in the women’s 200 meter individual medley.
I’m upvoting this because its true. She can certainly swim it and may even final, but she wont get top 4, let alone take out those 2.