The Qualifying Period For The 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials Is Open

Wednesday, Nov. 30 marks the opening of the qualifying period for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, which will take place June 15-23, 2024 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Qualifying for the event will be open for a period of 18 months (548 days) before closing on May 30, 2024.

The beginning of the qualification period aligns with the start of the U.S. Open, which kicks off tonight in Greensboro, N.C., with swimmers contesting the women’s and men’s 800 freestyle having the opportunity to punch their ticket to Indy.

The time standards for Trials, announced this past May, are all faster than they were for Wave I of last year’s meet (which were the original standards prior to the meet being split into two waves), though none have gotten as fast as they were for Wave II in 2021.

2024 U.S. Olympic Trials Standards

WOMEN EVENT MEN
25.69 50m Freestyle 22.79
55.79 100m Freestyle 49.99
2:00.89 200m Freestyle 1:49.99
4:15.49 400m Freestyle 3:55.59
8:45.79 800m Freestyle 8:09.69
16:45.69 1500m Freestyle 15:39.89
1:01.89 100m Backstroke 55.69
2:13.59 200m Backstroke 2:01.69
1:10.29 100m Breaststroke 1:02.19
2:31.69 200m Breaststroke 2:15.99
1:00.19 100m Butterfly 53.59
2:13.69 200m Butterfly 2:00.49
2:16.09 200m Individual Medley 2:03.49
4:49.89 400m Individual Medley 4:25.19

In 2021, there were around 882 qualifiers for the Wave I meet only, plus around 657 swimmers who had standards that qualified them directly qualified them for the Wave II meet. That means that even with the extra qualifying period, there were only about 1,539 Olympic Trials qualifiers in 2021 based on the original standards. That didn’t miss, by far, the goal of 1,200-1,400 qualifiers, and was a dramatic reduction from the previous meets.

The event moving to Indianapolis marks the first time the competition has ventured out of Omaha in two decades, having had four consecutive Trials meets at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Shifting to Lucas Oil Stadium is expected to see capacity rise from 14,500 to somewhere between 30,000 and 35,000 at the venue.

There will be a total of 17 sessions at the Trials, an uptick compared to the usual 15 after Paris 2024 unveiled a new nine-day swimming schedule earlier this year.

USA Swimming began offering early ticket access to National Team members, their families and coaches on Nov. 28, and will open it to USA Swimming, U.S. Masters Swimming and Indiana Sports Corps members on Dec. 1. Tickets will open to the general public on Feb. 1.

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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