U.S. National Team Tracker: 48.01 Now 6th in Men’s 100 Free After Day 1 of Nats


The race is still on for spots on the 2019-2020 U.S. National Team, and swimmers at the U.S. Nationals are trying to break the American top 6 in their respective events to qualify for the squad. To make the team, swimmers have to be in the top 6 of their individual events with times determined by the FINA world rankings from January 1st, 2019 to August 25th, 2019. Tonight, swimmers at Nationals competed in the men’s and women’s 200 fly and 100 free. We also saw the women’s 800 free and men’s 1500 free.


Here’s a look at how the 2019-2020 U.S. National Team will be selected. You can see the full criteria here.

  • Top 6 athletes in each individual Olympic event
    • as determined by FINA.org’s World Rankings from January 1, 2019 through August 25, 2019
    • Rankings will be pulled from the FINA site on September 3 (giving swimmers a chance to make sure their time is included in the database)
  • Prelims, semifinals and finals (A, B, C and D) from all USA Swimming or FINA sanctioned meets are eligible
  • Relay leadoffs, time trials, swim-offs and intermediate splits are not eligible


The men’s 100 free is looking much faster now than it was in the last Olympic cycle. Last season, we had no American men under 48 seconds. This season, we have 5, and one of them (Caeleb Dressel) is under 47. It takes a 48.01 to even rank among the top 6 Americans right now, with Zach Apple occupying that 6th spot. We haven’t even seen Olympic champion Nathan Adrian compete at Pan Ams yet, so it’s conceivable that it could take a sub-48 to make the national team this season.

Today, we had Ryan Held, Maxime Rooney, and Tate Jackson all break 48 individually for the first time. Dean Farris nearly hit the mark as well, with his 48.07 putting him just 6 hundredths outside of potentially qualifying for the national team in this event.

Abbey Weitzeil had a breakthrough in the 100 free with her first best time since 2016. She’s now 3rd in the U.S. rankings for this year. Gretchen Walsh and Erika Brown, who tied for 2nd tonight, are tied for 5th in the rankings. Worlds team members Lia Neal and Margo Geer will be swimming the 100 free at Pan Ams. Geer is already ranked among the top 6, while Neal, a 2-time Olympian, will still be vying for a spot.

We saw 16-year-old Charlotte Hook steal the show in the B final of the 200 fly tonight. Her 2:07.87 has her currently ranked 6th among Americans. Sarah Gibson is slated to swim that race at Pan Ams. Regan Smith, Lillie Nordmann, and Dakota Luther also moved into the top 6 in that event tonight as the top 3 in the final.

Below is a full list of the current top 6 for each of tonight’s individual events.

MEN’S 200 FLY:

Luca Urlando 1:53.84
Zach Harting 1:55.26
Miles Smachlo 1:55.94
Nicolas Albiero 1:56.05
Trenton Julian 1:56.09
Tom Shields 1:56.12


Caeleb Dressel 46.96
Ryan Held 47.39
Maxime Rooney 47.61
Blake Pieroni 47.87
Tate Jackson 47.88
Zach Apple 48.01

MEN’S 1500 FREE:

Bobby Finke 14:51.15
Zane Grothe 14:56.10
Jordan Wilimovsky 14:59.94
Michael Brinegar 15:00.82
Arik Katz 15:05.93
Nick Norman 15:09.29


Hali Flickinger 2:05.96
Katie Drabot 2:06.59
Regan Smith 2:07.26
Lillie Nordmann 2:07.43
Dakota Luther 2:07.76
Charlotte Hook 2:07.87


Simone Manuel 52.04
Mallory Comerford 53.10
Abbey Weitzeil 53.18
Margo Geer 54.09
Gretchen Walsh 54.13
Erika Brown 54.13


Katie Ledecky 8:10.70
Leah Smith 8:16.33
Ally McHugh 8:26.04
Erica Sullivan 8:26.15
Sierra Schmidt 8:27.13
Ashley Twichell 8:27.36

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Is this the only selection meet for junior worlds? If so can we get a team tracker though the meet?


Anthony Ervin is starting back full time training as well, which explains his less than insane times at the pro series, sure he’ll get back into 48 mid to low shape in route to his 21.5-3 50 final shape he’ll need to make the team. Super dark horse for the 100, but then hes literally the most naturally talent sprinter ever, never count him out for next summer

Ol' Longhorn

Training for triathlons isn’t going to exactly make his 50 faster. If his full-time training included something that could get him off the blocks less than a body length behind Dressel (and Proud, Fratus, Flo), I’d be optimistic. Pure water speed, though, when he’s ready, I agree. But in 2019, “sprinter” is defined by blocks to the wall, and the effectiveness of the start has taken primacy unlike any time before.

What a beast

Well in 2016 his pure water speed sure seemed to be enough to beat the guys you listed. What says it can’t be enough again?


He’s going to have to drop a few more tenths then because there is no way 21.4 wins in 2020. It might be good enough for bronze if Proud/Fratus/Gkolomeev are off their game, but I wouldn’t bet on that.


Good, USA. Now get that depth in the 200.


Speaking of the 200, I can’t wait to see what Rooney swims in that (not to mention the 100 fly).


My bet: 1:45.79, 51.35. Granted, I got a 2 on AP Stat…


Need the 1:45 more


I love how panicked you guys are about the 200. Most non-Americans still make you favourites for next year. Always find a few and come good ha.

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