U.S. National Team Tracker: Brown, Held Now #3 Americans This Year in 50 Free


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 IM and 50 free. We also saw the men’s 800 free and women’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


Ryan Lochte is in a position to potentially qualify for his first U.S. National Team since 2016. Lochte is now ranked #4 in that event after winning his first national title since 2014. Shaine Casas, who took 2nd tonight, is now the American #5 this year. Ryan Held picked up another sprint win to move to #3 among Americans. Bowe Becker and Robert Howard are now tied for 5th in that event, with Becker swimming his first best time in the 50 free since 2016. Bobby Finke moved to the top of the 800 free rankings ahead of Zane Grothe. Michael Brinegar, Ross Dant, and Eric Knowles all made their way into the top 6 behind them.

The women’s distance race tonight was the 1500 and there were a few movements in the rankings there as well. Ally McHugh is now #3, while Kensey McMahon and Sierra Schmidt also made their way into the top 6. Madisyn Cox remains #2 in the 200 IM, while Vanessa Pearl moved to #6. Erika Brown won her first national title in the 50 free, earning the #3 spot among Americans this year. Teenage phenom Gretchen Walsh is now #5.

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

MEN’S 200 IM:

Chase Kalisz 1:56.78
Michael Andrew 1:57.49
Abrahm DeVine 1:57.66
Ryan Lochte 1:57.76
Carson Foster 1:58.69
Shaine Casas 1:58.83


Caeleb Dressel 21.04
Michael Andrew 21.62
Ryan Held 21.87
Michael Chadwick 21.96
Robert Howard (T-5) 22.00
Bowe Becker (T-5) 22.00


Bobby Finke 7:47.58
Zane Grothe 7:50.14
Jordan Wilimovsky 7:53.11
Michael Brinegar 7:54.56
Ross Dant 7:56.03
Eric Knowles 7:57.00


Melanie Margalis 2:08.91
Madisyn Cox 2:10.00
Kathleen Baker 2:10.65
Ella Eastin 2:10.72
Alex Walsh 2:11.86
Vanessa Pearl 2:12.49


Simone Manuel 24.05
Abbey Weitzeil 24.47
Erika Brown 24.71
Margo Geer 24.78
Olivia Smoliga 24.83
Gretchen Walsh 24.85


Katie Ledecky 15:45.59
Ashley Twichell 15:54.19
Erica Sullivan 15:55.25
Ally McHugh 16:05.98
Kensey McMahon 16:09.80
Sierra Schmidt 16:10.12

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1 year ago

Does Carson Foster’s 200IM not count because it was in consol final?

Reply to  Jeahbrah
1 year ago

It should

Reply to  Jeahbrah
1 year ago

I think it should count

manoj ghimire
1 year ago

After this meet My prediction is Sullivan in 1500 Free,Foster in 200 Im,Casas in 100 and 200 BK, Urlando in 200 fly and 200 free,Reagan Smith in 200 Fly with 100 and 200 BK,may be two or one teen in 100 Fly,Baker and Margelis in 200 Im, wayent in 400 im at 2020 tokyo squad,

Reply to  manoj ghimire
1 year ago

Foster will need to overtake either Lochte or Kalisz to get the second spot.

1 year ago

Really hope Adrian feels good this week, he’ll need to break 22 to make the national team. Let’s say he does, what is the tiebreaker between Becker and Howard? Next best event?

Reply to  Ragnar
1 year ago

I think they both get the $$

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