The New Swim Stars of 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials: Gold Medal Minute presented by

Gold Medal Minute presented by

Back in the day, NCAA Champions often went on to win Olympic medals, or at the very least, make the U.S. Olympic Swim Team. That’s not the case anymore, however, there are a some swim stars emerging from the college ranks that have a great shot at capturing the spotlight in Omaha, Ryan Murphy, Jack Conger, David Nolan, Will Licon and Caeleb Dressel.

Cal Golden  Bear Ryan Murphy appears to have the best shot in backstroke. Longhorns Jack Conger and Will Licon are moving on butterfly and IM.  Stanford’s David Nolan has finally developed into the star swimmer we hoped for since his stunning high school years, and his 1:39.3 200 yard IM was our audience’s top NCAA Record from our A3 Poll.  Finally, Caleleb Dressel just keeps getting faster, missing the 50 yard free American Record by a mere point 01.

Of this talented crew, who will make the U.S. Olympic Team at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha? 

This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of, a Swimming News website.


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The 100 free is going to be stacked, especially it Phelps and Lochte swim finals. Those two, Adrian, Ervin, Feigen, Grevers, maybe Jones. Young guns: Dressel, Conger, Nolan, Murphy, Ryan, Stubblefield, etc. I’m guessing Adrian, Phelps, and Feigen are the safest bets to finish top six, and after that, it’s a crapshoot.

Mostly with you Mel. Here’s where I think their best chances lie —
Murphy: 200 back. Don’t think Lochte swims this.
Licon: 200 breast. Clary/Kalisz have 400 IM
Nolan: a free relay
Conger: 100 fly or 4×100 free
Dressel: 50 free, and 4×100


I iwll go with u and Mel on these far predictions ! The young guns will step up for sure , it’s time .


Those aren’t necessarily predictions, just where I think each one’s best chance is. Barring injury/arrest, I don’t see anyone taking a spot in the 200 IM away from Lochte or Phelps.

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100 free stacked?!?! We have Nathan Adrian and then…..our 50, 100 and 200 freestyle for men are in shambles. We might not win the Medley, 400 and 800 free relays in Kazan…. We are seriously hurting the the short freestyles.


My stacked I mean — crowded with veterans whose times I don’t really expect most of the college swimmers will be able to surpass.

So that isn’t ‘stacked’… that’s ‘logjammed’, where none of it is good enough


The sky is not falling! The USA will do great this summer. I predict that the US wins all three relays on the Men’s side.


Barring injury or a false-start-fiesta on par with the 2014 Men’s NCAA meet, there is no way we win the 400 free relay.


I disagree, but it is highly improbable; however, so was Bejing


Don’t forget about morozov in the sprint freestyles, he might swim at the U.S. trials. He swam for Russia instead of the U.S. in 2012 supposedly because his U.S. citizenship didn’t finish processing in time.


He will not being swimming for the US because he would have had to take two years off international competition to change to the US and chose not to do that.


What news are you basing this on?


I can see a lot of these guys doing well in rio. Including Joe Schooling 100/200 Fly for Singapore.


Mel , u might have forgotten to speak about Andrew Seliskar for the 200 butterfly . Only Clary is really going for it for now – Phelps ? maybe , who knows but i beleive he won’t swim that one again for trials .
Reed Malone , Gunner Bentz , and a few others might also be in contention by next year for a spot . Will be happy to hear many other’s vieuws on this . We love to anticipate allready because Team Usa defenetly needs new up and comers in the team for Rio .

samuel huntington

he didn’t mention Seliskar because he isn’t even in college yet!!

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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