TSM’s Wilimovsky and Casey Take Olympic Redshirt Year

Team Santa Monica distance stars Jordan Wilimovsky and Brendan Casey and are both taking a redshirt year to train at home with their club coach, Dave Kelsheimer, in preparation for the 2016 US Olympic Team Trials.

Wilimovsky is coming off his junior year at Northwestern University, where he placed third in the 1650 yard freestyle at 2015 NCAA Championships (14:36.64); he swam his fastest-ever mile at the 2015 B1G Championships (14:33.50). In April Wilimovsky was crowned National 10K Champion at USA Swimming’s 2015 Open Water National Championships, thus qualifying for the 2015 FINA World Championships.

Last summer, Wilimovsky took second in the 10K at 2014 Open Water Nationals to earn a bid to the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. He followed that up with a bronze medal in the 1500m free at 2014 Phillips 66 Nationals. In 2013 Wilimovsky qualified for FINA World Championships with a fourth-place finish in the 10K at 2013 Open Water Nationals. The previous summer he was runner-up in the 5K at 2012 Open Water Nationals and won the 1500m free at 2012 Junior Nationals, setting the meet record in the process (15:23.01)

Wilimovsky’s times progression over this quadrennial has been as follows:

2015 2014 2013 2012
500y free 4:14.70 4:19.86 4:22.57 4:28.47
1650y free 14:33.50 14:42.99 14:55.25 15:10.75
400m free 3:56.04 3:59.51 4:00.24
1500m free 14:56.34 15:31.84 15:23.01
5K open water 55:34.570 57:23.24 57:53.977
10K open water 1:54:27.93 1:50:49.364 1:56:06.471 1:58:45.297


Casey finished his freshman year at University of Virginia, where he dropped nearly 27 seconds in the 1650 to place fifth at the 2015 ACC Championships

A member of USA Swimming’s National Junior Team, Casey representing the Red, White, and Blue at 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, competing in the 800m free, 1500m free, and 200m back.

Casey, too, has seen some impressive time drops over the last four years:

2015 2014 2013 2012
500y free 4:22.39 4:23.72 4:27.37 4:35.07
1650y free 15:05.09 15:31.81 15:37.32 15:54.31
800m free 8:17.01 8:37.20 8:46.10
1500m free 16:08.30 15:35.89 16:07.25 16:28.67
5K open water 57:51.19 55:42.747 57:25.14 59:14.399
10K open water 2:00:27.22 1:53:42.446


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bobo gigi
6 years ago

There are still a few other US college swimmers who should do the same and maximise their qualifying chances.
Olympic games is a once a lifetime experience for most of these guys.

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Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

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I’m on an American website. 🙂

I had in mind Dressel, Murphy, Conger, Eastin, Manuel, Neal, Bilquist, Seliskar, Pelton, Bentz, Bootsma, Licon, Smith (Clark), Ransford, Haas, Smith (Leah), Vissering, Runge or Baker.

6 years ago

Coach Dave has done a great job with distance swimmers. Surprised to see more swimmers haven’t moved across to train with him. Expecting big things from Wilimovsky and Casey in the next 14 months

6 years ago

McBroom, Jaeger, several guys ahead of them in college ranks, is this truly a realistic attempt at qualifying?

Reply to  Aquaman
6 years ago

Are you referring to Casey or Wilmovsky? Because Wilmovsky has a shot to make the olympic team this summer in the 10k and was third I believe last year at nationals in 1500.

Reply to  Aquaman
5 years ago

the awk moment when one of these swimmers wins world by 10 seconds lol

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