SwimSwam’s Top 100 for 2021: Women #10-1

The Olympic year is here. Again. Maybe. And we’re kicking off the year 2021 with a countdown of the top 100 women and top 100 men in world-level swimming heading into the Olympic year.

Who are the top 100 male and female swimmers you need to know about, you need to watch, with the biggest event in swimming less than 6 months away.

We’ll break down the list into multiple installments, so stay tuned as we continue with our lists.

We’ve placed a heavy priority on individual Olympic medal potential and world record potential, but we’ve also weighed potential for impact at other world-level events like Short Course Worlds, the ISL season, and the World Cup. These lists are, by nature, subjective. If you disagree, leave your thoughts/ranks in the comments.

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WOMEN’S #1-10

Well, we’ve arrived at our top 10. All ten of these women are as close to medal-locks as we’ll get, and it’s very likely that most will walk away with at least one gold medal in Tokyo.

#10: Ariarne Titmus, Australia – Not many people can say they have beaten Katie Ledecky in a 400 free. In fact, Titmus is the only one who has done so at a major international championship. Her 3:58.76 from the 2019 Worlds final, garnering her the gold medal, also made Titmus the #2 performer in history, leap-frogging Federica Pellegrini‘s pre-Ledecky WR of 3:59.15. Titmus is also the only non-Ledecky name out of the top 13 performances in history, sitting at #8. The Australian took silver in the 200 free and 800 free at 2019 Worlds, and she’s already at Ledecky-threatening speed in the 200 free and 400 free as it is. In SCM, Titmus holds the WR in the 400 SCM free; any team would be lucky to have her this upcoming ISL season, as do-everything talents like Hali FlickingerSiobhan Haughey and Melanie Margalis had free reign in the 400 free during the 2020 ISL season without Titmus or Ledecky.

#9: Zhang Yufei, China – Zhang has looked like a different swimmer lately, just a year and a half since she missed the 100 fly final (57.93 in semis) and didn’t even make semifinals in the 200 fly (2:14.20 in prelims) at Worlds. She’s the fastest swimmer in the world in both of those races this season, though, at 55.62 in the 100 fly in September and 2:05.49 in the 200 in January. In the 100, Zhang became the #2 performer in history behind Sjöström’s 55.48 WR, the fourth woman ever under 56 in the event, and she snapped Liu Zige’s super suit 2009 Chinese record (56.07). Now a gold medal contender in both butterfly events, Zhang also became the first Chinese woman under 53 seconds in the 100 free in September (52.90). Zhang hasn’t proved herself yet at an Olympics or long course Worlds, but if she’s on form, she looks like a medal lock in both fly events. Meanwhile, she’s right on Sjöström’s WR, and there’s a chance both she and Maggie MacNeil crack it in the same race this summer.

#8: Maggie MacNeil, Canada – MacNeil broke out on the big stage at 2019 Worlds, surprising Sarah Sjöström (and the world) in the 100 fly to crush a 55.83. Going into the meet, her lifetime best was well back at 57.04 from the spring’s Canadian Trials, and she beat that with a 56.52 in semifinals. At her first Worlds, going up against the World Record-holder, MacNeil only performed better as the 100 fly rounds went on, taking down Sjöström in the final by almost four-tenths. At Worlds, she split 53.1 anchoring Canada to bronze in the 400 free relay and had the best fly split (55.56) in the medley relay final, where Canada took bronze, too. Since Worlds, she’s gone on to break the Big Ten conference record in the 100-yard free (46.57) and hit lifetime bests in the 50 free (21.30), 100 fly (49.26) and 100 back (50.04). If we see a little progression from her in the LCM 100 fly, Sjöström’s WR is in trouble.

#7: Yulia Efimova, Russia – The only active swimmer to have broken 2:20 in the 200 breast in long course, she’s the Olympic favorite in that event. Her lifetime best 2:19.41 has her as the #2 performer in history, and she has quite the track record: in the 200 breast, she has won gold at the last two World Championships, while she won the 100 breast at 2015 Worlds and took silver in the 100 in 2019. She took silvers in the 100 breast behind Lilly King in Rio at the 2016 Olympics, and while she hasn’t gone a best in the 200 since 2013, she was 2:19 twice in 2017 and 2:20.12 at 2019 Worlds. This Olympic cycle, she has logged the six fastest performances in the 200 breast in long course, and she owns 14 of the fastest 20 showings. In the 100, she was only 1:05.49 in 2019, but she’s been under 1:05 several times in her career, most recently in 2018, so she’s a medal threat in the 100, too. The 200 breast is a wide-open field, and it’s hard to doubt Efimova’s record.

#6: Cate Campbell, Australia – While Campbell has yet to put it together in an individual race at Worlds or the Olympics since her 100 free gold at 2013 Worlds, she has been 23.78 in the 50 free and 52.03 in the 100, one of the fastest women in history. Further, she’s been ridiculous on relays, including a 50.93 split to anchor the Australian team to gold in the mixed medley relay at 2018 Pan Pacs. That meet is where Campbell shined, winning the 50 free and 100 free individual golds over Simone Manuel, who has otherwise beaten her in the 100 free at the 2016 Olympics and in both the 50 and 100 free at 2019 Worlds. Campbell’s initial speed is lethal, and at 52.87 this season, she’s the #2 swimmer in the world behind countrymate Emma McKeon (52.46). For Campbell, it’s not about if she can swim fast enough to win; it’s about if she brings the right mindset to let her body do the work.

#5: Simone Manuel, United States – If there was a sprinter you had to put money on for a clutch performance, it’s Simone Manuel. She tied with Canada’s Penny Oleksiak for gold in the 100 free in Rio (52.70), then dropped .6 from her semifinals swim to win gold at 2017 Worlds (52.27). She did lose to Cate Campbell at the 2018 Pan Pacs, 52.66 to 52.03, but then she had her best meet yet, winning Worlds gold in both the 50 (24.05) and the 100 (52.04), while she also split 51-high twice on Team USA relays. At 23.9/52.0, Manuel is behind Campbell on paper in the 50 and right in-line in the 100, though Campbell has split 50.93 before and 51-low several times. Sjöström is the other factor here, as she’s been 23.67 in the 50 and 51.71 in the 100, both WRs, though with her broken elbow, it’s not clear if she’ll be able to get back to that form (those times are from 2017, too). In a major meet final, Manuel defies seed times, and at the end of the day, she has the track record to prove her greatness. Meanwhile, she hasn’t raced in the ISL yet, but her SCM speed is there; she’s been 51.69 in the 100, and that was way back in 2015. In yards, obviously, we know she’s incredible.

#4: Lilly King, United States – Out of everyone on this top 100 list, King is probably the safest bet for an Olympic gold besides Katie Ledecky in the 800 and 1500 free. She is the WR-holder in both the 50m and 100m breast in long course, and she’s been perfect in the 100 breast since her Rio gold, winning the event at 2017 and 2019 Worlds and 2018 Pan Pacs. She’s been an invaluable asset to Team USA’s medley relays, helping the women’s medley win in Rio and at every major international meet since, while she put down the top times in the ISL season in all three breaststroke events, a force in the 50 breast skins, too. While her 1:04.13 in the 100 breast has her well ahead of anyone else, the 200 breast is an interesting story. She’s the fastest woman ever in yards (2:02.60) by over six-tenths, and she’s been 2:21.39 in LCM at the FINA Champions Series in May 2019. She was fourth, just off the podium, at 2017 Worlds in the 200, then she won silver at 2018 Pan Pacs. In 2019, she was called for a controversial DQ for a non-simultaneous touch in the 200 breast prelims. What we can go off of, recently, is her 2:15.55 in SCM during the ISL Final, which moved her to the #4 performer slot ever, a second off of Rebecca Soni’s WR and faster than any other active swimmer has ever been.

#3: Kaylee McKeown, Australia – McKeown is one of the most impressive swimmers the world has ever seen. Despite the global backstroke field being the best it’s ever been, McKeown is in prime position to challenge Regan Smith for golds in both, having recently dropped a 57.93 in the 100 back in December after going a 2:04.49 in the 200 back in November. She’s just the second woman under 58 in the 100, coming behind Smith’s WR of 57.57, while she’s about a second off of Smith’s 200 WR (2:03.35) but knocking on the door of the former WR and #2 in history time, Missy Franklin’s 2:04.06 from the 2012 Olympics. McKeown’s third event is arguably stronger than Smith’s 200 fly, as the Aussie teen unloaded a 4:32.73 400 IM the same session as her 57.9 back. This past fall, she posted lifetime SCM bests of 26.00/55.68/1:58.94 in the backstrokes, snapping the WR in the 200, while she also clocked a 2:03.68 in the 200 IM. If she chooses to race in the ISL, she’ll have an impact similar to that of Katinka Hosszu in her prime.

#2: Regan Smith, United States – Smith made everyone’s jaws drop in 2019 at the World Championships, demolishing Missy Franklin’s 200 back WR (2:03.35) and becoming the first woman under 58 in the 100 back (57.57) to help Team USA break the 4×100 medley relay WR. Smith instantly became one of the greats with her 2019 summer breakout performance, and she’ll have the target on her back this summer. She’ll have to fend off the likes of Kaylee McKeown, Minna AthertonKylie MasseMargherita Panziera and more, that is after she faces brutal competition at the Olympic Trials, namely Kathleen BakerOlivia Smoliga and Phoebe Bacon. Smith is also an exceptional butterflier at 57.3/2:06.3, and the 200 fly is where she’ll be a medal contender if she swims it and can make it through Trials. To cap it off, Smith totes a 1:58.44 in the 200 free, albeit from a June 2019 meet where she was 58.45 in the 100 back; there’s a good chance that she’s capable of a 1:56 or so, and she could be on the prelims 4×200 free relay in Tokyo for Team USA per the coaches’ discretion.

#1: Katie Ledecky, United States – Katie Ledecky is an extremely special swimmer. Aside from her World Records and mind-bending times, she has changed the sport since her breakout 800 free upset of then-WR holder Rebecca Adlington as a 15-year-old at the 2012 Olympics. Her stroke and stroke rate are voracious, and every distance race she’s in (until recently) feels like a foregone conclusion within the first 30 seconds. 2019 was a down year for Ledecky, who was sick during the 2019 World Championships, causing her to scratch the 200 free and 1500 free, while she was off her game and fell to Ariarne Titmus in the 400 free, 3:59.97 to 3:58.76. The 800 free was one of the most memorable athletic feats in the sport, though. A clearly ill Ledecky trailed for the back-half of the race, something we rarely see from her, but dug in with a 29.19 final 50 to overtake leader Simona Quadarella and claim the gold (8:13.58). A healthy Ledecky is still a lock for the 800 and 1500 golds this summer, though the world is catching up, and she has Titmus to worry about in the 400 and several swimmers in the 200 free. With Sjöström and Ikee’s performance questionable in the 200 free, she’s still a medal lock in that along with the 400 free, and she’s definitely capable of golds in both.

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Swimmer
7 months ago

First, like James Wilby in the Tokyo 200 breast

Crk
Reply to  Swimmer
7 months ago

Stfu

Swimmer
Reply to  Crk
7 months ago

Someone is mad

shrek kachowski
Reply to  Swimmer
7 months ago

Thats not how you spell Anton Chupkov

Khachaturian
Reply to  shrek kachowski
7 months ago

can I throw Shoma Sato’s hat into the ring?

Texas A&M
Reply to  shrek kachowski
7 months ago

Watch ICARUS!

PeatyPiper
Reply to  Swimmer
7 months ago

I don’t know who you are, but thankyou for carrying the torch in my absence.

tea rex
7 months ago

Thoughts:
Hard to put MacNeil ahead of Zhang and Titmus – she’s only got one proven individual.
Efimova didn’t lose both breaststrokes to King at Rio.
Hard to know where Regan Smith is training-wise. We can confirm Hosszu is not swimming as well as she used to, Regan we can hope she’s swimming like 2019.
Manuel has looked at times like she could do a 1:55 freestyle – probably not an individual swim, but she could have the highest total medal haul including relays

PFA
Reply to  tea rex
7 months ago

Meanwhile ledecky has been doing ledecky things recently

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Kwrb77
Reply to  PFA
7 months ago

Has she swam recently?

tea rex
Reply to  Kwrb77
7 months ago

To be fair when you pop off casual 8:14’s, a pro swim series or practice has about equal competition.

uiwiygiyb
Reply to  tea rex
7 months ago

You would think Regan would still be improving

iLikePsych
Reply to  tea rex
7 months ago

There are a couple errors in this article – the Efimova one you mentioned. And then C1 wasn’t at 2017 Worlds

NJones
Reply to  tea rex
7 months ago

Zhang has dropped some lighting fast times but has yet to prove herself on international racing stage. Maggie is a fast and improving Sprint freestyler, her best yards 7tenths or so off Manuel. She’ll have to go thru Penny and Taylor plus Kayla at the CAN trials in the 100 but might have a clearer path in the 50. She will at worst be a huge cog in the 4×1 for CAN. if Taylor and Penny are simply on their best splits, and Maggie and Kayla make small improvements into the 52 high zone, CAN will be stroke for stroke with US and AUS…

torchbearer
Reply to  tea rex
7 months ago

The MacNeil ranking is crazy- one breakout performance. One event, and rated above a proven big time performer in 3 events like Titmus.

NJones
Reply to  torchbearer
7 months ago

Fair enough. However she has posted historical times and been a star at the NCAA level, plus a huge component of 2 Canadian relays. Especially with Sarah’s injury, perhaps her path to the top of the podium is a bit less formidable then going thru a healthy Ledecky. I wouldn’t argue if they were flipped.

Sun Yangs Hammer
7 months ago

Sun Yang #1 in my heart tho

Khachaturian
Reply to  Sun Yangs Hammer
7 months ago

The hammer is #0 in my heart

Skoorbnagol
7 months ago

Regan Smith ahead of Kaylee McKeown is a big call based of current performance.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Skoorbnagol
7 months ago

She’s the world record holder in 2 events, and the world champion in the 200 back. There’s nothing wrong with Reagan’s current performance, she’s swimming quite well lol. Oh? Sorry? She didn’t break her wr at a random pro swim meet? Ah, washed up

MiddleDistance84
Reply to  Skoorbnagol
7 months ago

Can we stop talking about recent performances? We all know this is a sport where, when a swimmer reaches a certain elite status, they begin to train THROUGH many events as they focus on the BIG prize. Kaylee is an amazing swimmer! No doubt about it. But looking at Regan Smith’s recent performances as meaningful, in any way, seems plain wrong. Like many swimmers, she has experienced constant challenges in maintaining consistency in practice this past year (that Kaylee has NOT faced in Australia) and has had almost ZERO long course access in Minnesota. It has meant nothing to her to be “fast” at a November 2020 US Open or a January Tyr Pro meet. Anyone that knows Mike Parratto… Read more »

Skoorbnagol
Reply to  MiddleDistance84
7 months ago

Really agitated by that comment aren’t you.
I’m not bashing Regan Smith here, but she swam amazing 2 years ago, doesn’t mean she will at trials / games.
I wish her well and hope she does, as who doesn’t want to see her and Kaylee go head to head.
All this waffle about consistency of practices is hard luck, the Olympics don’t care about people not been able to train long course or consistently. There will be multiple Gold medal athletes who should of who won in 2020, but won’t in 2021, not saying Regan won’t win.
So for this list, current performance based of covid impact I feel is relevant.
1.58 SCM WR 57.9/2.04.4… Read more »

MiddleDistance84
Reply to  Skoorbnagol
7 months ago

Agitated? Sorry, no. Just struggle when a swimmer at this level hasn’t meaningfully rested for a meet since destroying a couple of world records and people want to ignore that fact as if she’s off her game. It makes zero sense. So, ok, Kaylee has been faster recently. Honestly, who cares. If that motivates Kaylee, great. It doesn’t make Regan slower when it counts. That’s it. You’re not being illogical or unfair. I simply don’t understand the “what have you done for me lately” approach with her. U think she peaked at 17? OK. I don’t. Guess we’ll find out.

Skoorbnagol
Reply to  MiddleDistance84
7 months ago

Missy Franklin peaked at 17.
Never went faster on backstroke.
You think Regan is favourite I think it’s Kaylee.

MiddleDistance84
Reply to  Skoorbnagol
7 months ago

Don’t blame you at all for backing Kaylee. She’s fantastic. But she’ll need to go WR times to beat Regan. That’s all I’m saying. And we both know Missy trashed her shoulders. Regan’s are fine. Both of these ladies will also have full schedules. It’ll be great to watch.

John jay
Reply to  MiddleDistance84
7 months ago

Regan will win 3-4 gold medals in Japan. You don’t have to read anymore.

Object
Reply to  MiddleDistance84
7 months ago

It is a bit concerning that others like Curzan have continued to improve and drop time despite Covid. I think Regan’s next meet in March will give all of us a better picture of where she is at. Then we can basically compare apples to apples with last March and her preparation status

MiddleDistance84
Reply to  Object
7 months ago

Absolutely she has. But I’d again suggest Claire and some others are in a “prove it” phase where they are eagerly searching for best times. Making a name for themselves. They are right to do so. Regan isn’t in that mode and doesn’t need to be. But I agree it would be good to see her faster in San Antonio this March vs Jan.

swimapologist
Reply to  MiddleDistance84
7 months ago

I’m with you to a certain point. If Reagan was going 2:09s now, I wouldn’t be that worried.

But 2:12s?

If we’re supposed to believe that a 2:12 doesn’t mean anything, why fly across the country in a pandemic to race it?

Her performance in January doesn’t mean everything, but I don’t think we can pretend that it means nothing, either.

torchbearer
Reply to  Skoorbnagol
7 months ago

Well they are ranked next to each other at 2 and 3…..we all know this battle will be close…

Dudeman
Reply to  Skoorbnagol
7 months ago

Regan is a safer bet considering how the Australians perform at the beginning of an Olympic year vs their actual performance at the games, especially for their backstroke swimmers

Samesame
Reply to  Dudeman
7 months ago

Who are you referring to? Emily Seebohm who suffered badly from endometriosis in 2016? Mitch Larkin who won worlds in 2015 , but did win a minor medal in 2016?

Breezeway
7 months ago

putting McKeown at #3 in front Manual at #5 invalidates the whole top 100. Needs to be a WADA investigation at SwimSwam

AnEn
Reply to  Breezeway
7 months ago

Lol … there have been tons of rankings that were far more absurd than ranking McKeown ahead of Manuel (which isn’t absurd in my opinion). Just look at the swimmers ranked 100 and 99 … Erika Fairweather (0 chance of making any individual finals) was for example ranked of Franziska Hentke (4th at last world champs).

Breezeway
Reply to  AnEn
7 months ago

OK, McKeown had a hot meet a couple months ago. Hell, why not rank the female Chinese swimmers ahead of Manual also. They were just as hot at the end of the year also.

Dee
Reply to  Breezeway
7 months ago

Lets look at McKeown’s realistic individual medal chances:

Day 1 – 400IM (4.32)
Day 3 – 100BK (57)
Day 4 – 200IM (2.08)
Day 7 – 200BK (2.04)

Plus relays.

Those IM PBs look pretty soft when you look at her wider PBs (54s 100 freestyler, 1.07s 100 breaststroker) too. I wouldn’t be in the slightest bit shocked if McKeown downed Rice’s Aussie 400IM record (sub 4.30) in the coming seasons.

She was *the* star of 2020 and it would be an insult to rank her outside the top three here, so who are we dropping for Manuel; Ledecky or Smith?

Skoorbnagol
Reply to  Dee
7 months ago

Smith

Troyy
Reply to  Breezeway
7 months ago

Three meets actually not just one.

swimfast
Reply to  Breezeway
7 months ago

McKeown is set for an incredible breakout year. Sorta reminds me of Stephanie Rice back in 2008. And look what happened there in Beijing… upset the American star/world record holder…….

DMSWIM
Reply to  Breezeway
7 months ago

It’s Manuel not Manual.

Breezeway
Reply to  DMSWIM
7 months ago

😀 My bad. Manuel

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DMSWIM
Reply to  Breezeway
7 months ago

Simone just posted on her IG a few days ago how it bothers her, so I wanted to stick up for her!

Breezeway
Reply to  DMSWIM
7 months ago

You’re right. My typo

Swimfan
7 months ago

As much as I like regan smith I think kaylee mkeowan might be a better swimmer based. Her performance so far…unless regan smith can pop a 1:55 200 free 2:04 200 fly and 56 low 100 fly

MX4x50relay
Reply to  Swimfan
7 months ago

She probably can

Nola Stevens
7 months ago

Lots of good swim knowledge in putting these Top 100 lists together. You guys are the MEL KIPER of the swimming world!

Nola Stevens
Reply to  Nola Stevens
7 months ago

Speaking of Mel Kiper, who has the better hair between the Mel’s? Upvote for Mel Stewart, downvote for Mel Kiper!

Drama King
Reply to  Nola Stevens
7 months ago

Hybrid of Mel Kiper and Todd Mcshay 😴

Bub
Reply to  Nola Stevens
7 months ago

Who in the hell is Mel Kiper anyway? 🙂

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Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Bub
7 months ago

The guy who had Ryan Leaf going #1 overall.

John
7 months ago

How can Walsh be 72 and Curzan 47 but Huske not even crack the top 100?

Breezeway
Reply to  John
7 months ago

This!

iLikePsych
Reply to  John
7 months ago

I agree with these placements at a high level. For the most part, SS seems to have ranked based on ‘what we see’ rather than ‘what we’re expecting’ since we can’t accurately know how much each person was affected. While it’s not necessarily ‘fair’ to Huske, Curzan is a 56.6 after dropping 1.2 last year while Huske is a 57.3 after dropping only 0.1. As for free, Walsh is a 53.7 while Huske a 54.0 – that’s enough of a difference between making the team or not on as a relay leg.

John
Reply to  iLikePsych
7 months ago

You are probably correct on the rationale.. Huske’s SCY to LCM conversions have always been solid. She swims at the Virginia 6A States Friday. Think a 49 low in fly is a real possibility as well as the National High School record in 200 IM.

iLikePsych
Reply to  John
7 months ago

Just because I left this out of my initial response after considering it – Curzan currently has the advantage in SCY times as well – 49.73 to 50.29. Nevertheless, I’m super excited to see what Huske goes, and (either fortunately or unfortunately) am expecting one 56 to be left off the team at trials (hopefully whoever is can make the 100 free relay!)

Troyy
Reply to  John
7 months ago

O’Callaghan should be in the conversation too. Compare Walsh and O’Callaghan PBs:

O’Callaghan:
50 FR 25.09
100 FR 53.93
200 FR 1:58.74
50 BK 27.75
100 BK 59.59
100 FL Doesn’t swim

Walsh:
50 FR 24.65
100 FR 53.74
200 FR 2:01.12
50 BK 28.94
100 BK 1:00.26
100 FL 58.84

I’d say Walsh is overranked at 72 but the pandemic muddies the waters a bit.

Robbos
Reply to  Troyy
7 months ago

One is Australian & the other American probably explains that best. Looking forward to OÇallagan winning 2 golds as part of both 4×100 & 4×200 relays for Australia.
Still can’t believe how low Bronte Campbell was rated.

Troyy
Reply to  Robbos
7 months ago

She seems to be a lock for the 4×100 for a prelim swim at least but there’s a lot of competition for the 4×200. O’Callahan’s 100 BK and 50 BK PBs would’ve made the finals at Gwangju while Gretchen couldn’t have finalled with any of her PBs.

AnEn
Reply to  Troyy
7 months ago

1) A bit weird to compare a possible final in a non-olympic event (50 back) with a theoretically missed finals in possibly the most competitive events (50/100 free)
2) I very much doubt that 59.5 will be enough to final in Tokyo
3) If you argue with theoretically made finals, then maybe you should first talk about athletes who actually made those finals and weren’t mentioned (Shirai, Egorova, Andrusenko, Melverton, Vaskina, Sakai, Yu Jingyao, Renshaw, Hentke, Thomas, Omoto, Lesaffre and many more).
4) I think australian fans on here need to gain some perspective. Apart from Titmus no australian woman has been ranked (considerably) too low.

Troyy
Reply to  AnEn
7 months ago

I was mainly doing this comparison to point out the inconsistency and bias rather than to say the O’Callaghan should be included. At the very least Walsh is overranked but I’d probably say neither of them should be included. The examples I provided were specifically to show how weak Walsh’s claim is for inclusion especially by comparing her with another swimmer who hadn’t been included let alone as high as 72 who has a similar sharp upward trajectory in the same events and PBs worth more FINA points than any of Walsh’s (50 and 100 BK) and would’ve had better finals potential at the most recent world championships.

Also the Olympics isn’t everyhing and may yet not even happen.

AnEn
Reply to  Troyy
7 months ago

Walsh is better in the 50 and 100 free, while O’Callaghan is better in the 100 back. All other times don’t really matter, because they are eithe rin non-olympic events or lightyears away from elite level. There is no reason to put O’Callaghan in the top 100, but you might argue that the same is true for Walsh.

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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