At every Trials, there’s a small subset of about 25 swimmers who carry a heavy burden: they miss qualifying for the Olympics by a single spot.
Here we count down some of the greatest performances from semifinal races of the last 20-ish years. These races are just as memorable as the finals.
It was a record-breaking weekend in Atlanta, with 18 US Open meet records broken and just 10 now remaining.
Olivia Smoliga clocked 59.02 to win the 100 back at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials and become the third-fastest American in history.
Missy Franklin and Natalie Coughlin finished 7th and 8th in the 100 backstroke in semifinals today.
(Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)
Bootsma breaks Hayley McGregory’s US Open and American record in the 50 breaststroke at the 2013 World Championship Trials. (Photo Credit: Tim Binning, TheSwimPictures)
Glenview Titans swimmer Olivia Smoliga could scare an American Record in the 50 backstroke this weekend in Charlotte. (Photo: Tim Binning/TheSwimPictures.com)
Swim News: How would you rate Natalie Coughlin’s Olympic year? (Swim Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)
Florida has also confirmed that All-American Sebastien Rousseau (above) will return for his senior season. (Photo Courtesy: Tim Binning/TheSwimPictures.com)