Lilly King was fired up after posting a world-leading 1:04.72 in the women’s 100 breast semis, and has her first chance to qualify for the Olympics tonight.
Regan Smith is a world champ and world record-holder – but now she can add “U.S. Olympian” to that impressive resume after winning tonight’s 100 back.
On day three of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, there will be three semi-finals and FOUR finals (where swimmers will fight for Olympic nominations).
Katie Ledecky’s 2021 Olympic campaign essentially gets underway tonight, as she aims to make a third straight U.S. Olympic team in the women’s 400 free.
Today’s explosive heats feature three reigning world record-holders (Lilly King, Ryan Murphy, Katie Ledecky) and one recent world record-holder (Regan Smith).
This morning, 25.8% of swimmers were faster than their seeds, with 38% of the men and 18% of the women besting their seed times this morning.
Dressel dropped almost seven-tenths of a second from his best time, qualifying second into the 200 free semi-finals.
Kieran Smith and Ryan Lochte have scratched the 400 IM for day 1 prelims. Smith will instead focus on the 400 free while Lochte has eyes on the 200 IM.
Mack would have gone into the 100 back and 50 free and 5th and 3rd seeds, respectively but has opted out of both events.
Hali Flickinger comes into Friday night as the big favorite in the women’s 400 IM after a strong 4:42.61 prelim swim.
Regan Smith is scheduled to take on a daunting 200 back/100 fly double on Day 3 of the Indianapolis Pro Swim.
The second day of the final Pro Swim Series Meet for 2021 is set to kick-off in Indy featuring the 100 free, 200 fly, 100 breast, and 400 free.
Preliminary heats for Saturday morning’s finals session in Mission Viejo will take place tonight, mirroring the format that will be used in Tokyo.
Melanie Margalis, the top seed in the women’s 400 IM, is among the headliners on Thursday evening in Mission Viejo.
A high caliber of competitors will be back in action this week at the 2021 Pro Swim Series stop #3 in Mission Viejo, California.