US. National Team Tracker: Top 6s Post-U.S. Nationals

U.S. Nationals have wrapped up, with significant impacts to the swimmers in line for 2019-2020 U.S. National Team status. Here’s a look at the current top 6 in each event, with the Pan American Games set to provide another wave of potential qualifiers this week.

These times can serve as “times to beat” for the Pan Ams swimmers, as well as those swimming the World Cup or other meets between now and August 25, when the selection period ends.

We profiled the benefits and specific perks of National Team status a few years ago, but the most notable benefits include access to monthly stipends from USA Swimming, meet reimbursements and elite athlete health insurance, plus access to the U.S. Olympic Training Center.


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’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

Note: we did our best to pull out the top 6 swimmers over the qualifying period while factoring out time trials and relay leadoffs, but it’s possible we missed a swim or two here. If you notice one, please let us know in the comments and we will update accordingly. Just don’t bring up Regan Smith‘s medley relay leadoff without reading the bullet point directly above this one.


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

100 free
Simone Manuel 52.04
Mallory Comerford 53.10
Abbey Weitzeil 53.18
Margo Geer 54.09
Gretchen Walsh 54.13
Erika Brown 54.13
200 free
Katie Ledecky 1:55.78
Katie McLaughlin 1:56.48
Allison Schmitt 1:56.97
Simone Manuel 1:57.24
Leah Smith 1:57.40
Gabby DeLoof 1:57.62
400 free
Katie Ledecky 3:59.28
Leah Smith 4:01.29
Kaersten Meitz 4:05.80
Melanie Margalis 4:06.35
Ally McHugh 4:07.08
Haley Anderson/Ashley Twichell 4:07.77
800 free
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
1500 free
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
100 back
Regan Smith 58.43
Olivia Smoliga 58.73
Kathleen Baker 59.03
Katharine Berkoff 59.29
Elise Haan 59.62
Amy Bilquist 59.64
200 back
Regan Smith 2:03.35
Lisa Bratton 2:07.91
Kathleen Baker 2:08.08
Hali Flickinger 2:08.36
Asia Seidt 2:08.56
Isabelle Stadden 2:08.67
100 breast
Lilly King 1:04.93
Annie Lazor 1:06.03
Breeja Larson 1:06.78
Bethany Galat 1:07.13
Melanie Margalis 1:07.20
Kaitlyn Dobler 1:07.23

200 breast
Annie Lazor 2:20.77
Lilly King 2:21.39
Emily Escobedo 2:22.87
Madisyn Cox 2:23.84
Micah Sumrall 2:23.88
Bethany Galat 2:24.33
100 fly
Kelsi Dahlia 57.06
Katie McLaughlin 57.23
Kendyl Stewart 57.51
Amanda Kendall 57.51
Aly Tetzloff 57.70
Torri Huske 57.80
200 fly
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
200 IM
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
400 IM
Emma Weyant 4:35.47
Brooke Forde 4:36.06
Ella Eastin 4:37.18
Madisyn Cox 4:37.23
Makayla Sargent 4:37.95
Ally McHugh 4:38.32


50 free
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
100 free
Caeleb Dressel 46.96
Ryan Held 47.39
Maxime Rooney 47.61
Blake Pieroni 47.87
Tate Jackson 47.88
Zach Apple 48.01
200 free
Kieran Smith 1:46.21
Townley Haas 1:46.37
Dean Farris 1:46.45
Luca Urlando 1:46.51
Blake Pieroni 1:46.62
Andrew Seliksar 1:46.74
400 free
Zane Grothe 3:45.78
Jake Mitchell 3:48.08
Bobby Finke 3:48.17
Eric Knowles 3:48.34
Mitch D’Arrigo 3:48.39
Trey Freeman 3:49.16
800 free
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
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
100 back
Ryan Murphy 52.44
Shaine Casas 52.72
Matt Grevers 52.82
Michael Andrew 53.40
Jacob Pebley 53.40
Justin Ress 53.47
200 back
Ryan Murphy 1:54.12
Austin Katz 1:55.57
Shaine Casas 1:55.79
Jacob Pebley 1:56.35
Clark Beach 1:57.14
Bryce Mefford 1:57.39
100 breast
Andrew Wilson 58.95
Cody Miller 59.24
Ian Finnerty 59.49
Michael Andrew 59.52
Devon Nowicki 59.69
Brandon Fischer 59.86
200 breast
Andrew Wilson 2:07.77
Josh Prenot 2:08.77
Will Licon 2:08.88
Cody Miller 2:08.98
Daniel Roy 2:09.50
Reece Whitley 2:09.69
100 fly
Caeleb Dressel 49.50
Maxime Rooney 50.68
Jack Conger 51.21
Andrew Seliskar 51.34
Jack Saunderson 51.36
Michael Andrew 51.87
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
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
400 IM
Jay Litherland 4:09.22
Bobby Finke 4:13.15
Carson Foster 4:13.39
Chase Kalisz 4:13.45
Sean Grieshop 4:13.90
Jake Foster 4:15.03


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2 years ago

Thanks for this – I know it was already a lot of work, but do you think you could pull current world rank with these times? That has big impact on funding level.

Reply to  tallswimmer
2 years ago

We’ll put it on the list – maybe for after Pan Ams, when the team is more stable. It’s a bit of a challenge to get the formal “world rankings” list that will be used, especially with FINA changing their site.

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Fair request and fair answer, good explanation, thanks Braden!

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Braden.. Adrian might not get into top 6 on 100.. but he will probably go 21 point on 50 free.. what would happen to the guys tied in 5th?

Reply to  Rafael
2 years ago

That’s a great question – it’s not addressed in the selection document. We’ve reached out to USA Swimming to ask. Will let you know what we hear back.

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Wouldn’t they just have both of them on the team?

Reply to  Guy
2 years ago

That’s one possible option. The rules don’t explicitly address it, though, so your guess is as good as mine at the moment.

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Could It be like the situation we had back in 2011 when we had Cullen Jones and Josh Schneider do a swim-off at Charlotte Ultraswim for a spot on the National Team in 50 free?

Reply to  Scoobysnak
2 years ago

No I think that only happened because it was a worlds roster spot in the 50

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

USA Swimming has confirmed that they’ll just put both on the National Team in the case of a tie.

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Fina new world rankings format is a PAIN to navigate!!!

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

great work guys – really appreciate it

2 years ago

What EXACTLY does one get if you are indeed on the “national team”? Thinking about changing professions.

Reply to  Papa
2 years ago

I assure you that making the national team is WAY more challenging than what you currently do, but for WAY less compensation

Reply to  Papa
2 years ago

It’s like $30,000-$40,000 of funding.

Bright Future
Reply to  Jack
2 years ago

I think you are way high on the funding price. It also depends if you are in college or not as to how much you receive. You can only use the money for certain thing–food/training and everything must be approved.

Reply to  Jack
2 years ago

The National team don’t get funding unless they are top 8 or top 16 in the World rankings. Much tougher than being top 6 in USA. National team means you can go to altitude without paying, they give you some funding for Pro Series meets and Nationals/Trials. You also can use their services like nutrition and video analysis, etc.

2 years ago

“Just don’t bring up Regan Smith‘s medley relay leadoff without reading the bullet point directly above this one.”

Y’all are the best at accepting feedback on errors while simultaneously throwing shade where it is deserved. Swimswam: come for the swimming, stay for the salt.

The Ready Room
Reply to  Roch
2 years ago

Freshwater pools, saltwater website.

2 years ago

Serious question…Does it matter whether you make the national team in multiple events or not. Or is being on the national team in one versus multiple events irrelevant. I ask as during the meet (Nationals) we were following whether folks would make the top six in additional events even though they were already likely qualified. Certainly being top 6 now in multiple events means it is more likely you will remain top 6 in at least one once is all said and done but was wondering if there is an actual benefit to being on the team in multiple events.

Reply to  Teamwiess
2 years ago

I’ve pondered the same thing, and as far as I can tell, your TOP event is the only thing that drives anything definitive. Maybe multiple entries helps you win one of the more subjective grants that USA Swimming has available?

Neptunian Merman
2 years ago

MASSIVE omission: Andrew Wilson’s 2:07.77

Reply to  Neptunian Merman
2 years ago

He’s number one on the list already.

Jared Anderson
Reply to  Neptunian Merman
2 years ago

Yep, you’re right. Had his old #1 time on the list. Updated now!

2 years ago

MA top 6 in three of the 100’s. Not too shabby

Reply to  PhillyMark
2 years ago

And 2IM and 50 Free

Reply to  PhillyMark
2 years ago

MA is top 6 in 5 Olympic Events.

Reply to  anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah but who many can he be top 2 next summer (or top six on a relay)

Reply to  tm71
2 years ago

We are not talking about next summer. The current situation is that he is top 6 in USA in 50 free, back, fly, breaststroke, 100 fly, back, breaststroke and 200 IM 8 events

Special K
Reply to  PhillyMark
2 years ago

Will he ever show up when it counts though?

Swim Nerd
2 years ago

Should the women’s 100 bk be the world record Regan Smith swam at worlds? 57.57 lead off on the relay.

Reply to  Swim Nerd
2 years ago


WV Swammer
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago


Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Why not?

Reply to  Swim Nerd
2 years ago

Y’all can’t read smh

Reply to  Heyitsme
2 years ago

The audacity smh

Reply to  Heyitsme
2 years ago

Reading is fundamental.

Reply to  Heyitsme
2 years ago

Went to the Derek Zoolander school obviously

Reply to  Swim Nerd
2 years ago

This is a stupid rule. If you can break a US or World record in a relay leadoff, it should count for T6. Period! I can understand not counting time trials (open lanes, still water, zero pressure etc.) but not counting relay leadoffs is silly. I wonder what USASwimming’s rationale for that is?

Reply to  StuartC
2 years ago

How many people can lead off? How many freestylers will want to leadoff? Everyone. Pick the person who pays you the most or pick the person that helps the team the most? Backstrokers can an extra shot but not flyers or breastrokers for stud splits….is that fair? Think it through like the elite coaches and staff has done!

McGill Rocks
Reply to  StuartC
2 years ago

I think it also has to do with mixed relays, there might be a draft if it is M vs F.

2 years ago

Major props to Brandon Fischer, awesome story

Reply to  MKW
2 years ago

Good story but he might be bumped by Cordes tomorrow’s Pan Ams in 100 Breast. Too bad the male breastrokers can’t swim both 100 and 200!

Knows Nothing
Reply to  Superfan
2 years ago

Yeah, I was so hoping he’d drop a PB last Saturday. Still a great season for him!

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