US Paralympic Trials To Take Place This Week In Minneapolis

2021 USA Paralympic Swimming Trials

The 2021 US Paralympic Swimming Trials are set to take place at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center at the University of Minnesota from June 17 – June 19, 2021.

The meet will serve as the sole qualification opportunity for athletes to be named to the 2021 Paralympic swimming team. The team will be decided based on how individual swimmers score based on a scoring system that differs for each classification.

Team USA has provided the following criteria for swimmers to be eligible to advance past the prelims to the finals and vie for a spot on the Paralympic team:

  • Hold an active WPS Athlete License for the 2021 season;
  • be internationally classified with a ‘Confirmed’ sport class status or a ‘Review’ sport class status with a review date after 31 December 2021;
  • be internationally classified before 30 June 2021; and
  • have competed in at least one (1) of the following competitions between 1 October 2018 and the end of the last 2021 WPS World Series event (i.e. before the end of June 2021):
    • any WPS World Series event,
    • any WPS World Championships,
    • any WPS Regional or Regional Open Championships, or
    • 2019 Parapan American Games
    • Have completed the Tokyo Paralympic Games Registration Long List requirements.

The three-day event will take place according to the following schedule:

DAY 1 – Thursday, June 17, 2021
Preliminary Session
DAY 1 – Thursday, June 17, 2021
Finals Session
Warm-up: 7:30 a.m.
Start: 9:00 a.m.
Warm-up: 3:30 p.m.
Start: 5:00 p.m.
#1 Women’s 100m Breaststroke –
(SB4-SB9, SB11-SB14)
#1 Women’s 100m Breaststroke –
(SB4-SB9, SB11-SB14)
#2 Men’s 100m Breaststroke –
(SB4-SB9, SB11-SB14)
#2 Men’s 100m Breaststroke –
(SB4-SB9, SB11-SB14)
#3 Women’s 50m Breaststroke –
(SB1-SB3)
#3 Women’s 50m Breaststroke –
(SB3)
#4 Men’s 50m Breaststroke –
(SB1-SB3)
#4 Men’s 50m Breaststroke –
(SB2-SB3)
#5 Women’s 100m Backstroke –
(S1-S2, S6-S14)
#5 Women’s 100m Backstroke –
(S2, S6-S14)
#6 Men’s 100m Backstroke –
(S1-S2, S6-S14)
#6 Men’s 100m Backstroke –
(S1-S2, S6-S14)
#7 Women’s 50m Butterfly –
(S1-S7)
#7 Women’s 50m Butterfly –
(S5-S7)
#8 Men’s 50m Butterfly –
(S1-S7)
#8 Men’s 50m Butterfly –
(S5-S7)
DAY 2 – Friday, June 18, 2021
Preliminary Session
DAY 2 – Friday, June 18, 2021
Finals Session
Warm-up: 7:30 a.m.
Start: 9:00 a.m.
Warm-up: 3:30 p.m.
Start: 5:00 p.m.
#9 Women’s 200m Freestyle –
(S1-S5, S14)
#9 Women’s 200m Freestyle –
(S5, S14)
#10 Men’s 200m Freestyle –
(S1-S5, S14)
#10 Men’s 200m Freestyle –
(S2-S5, S14)
#11 Women’s 400m Freestyle –
(S6-S14)
#11 Women’s 400m Freestyle –
(S6-S11, S13)
#12 Men’s 400m Freestyle –
(S6-S14)
#12 Men’s 400m Freestyle
(S6-S11, S13)
#13 Women’s 50m Backstroke –
(S1-S5)
#13 Women’s 50m Backstroke –
(S2-S5)
#14 Men’s 50m Backstroke –
(S1-S5)
#14 Men’s 50m Backstroke –
(S1-S5)
#15 Women’s 100m Freestyle –
(S1-S14)
#15 Women’s 100m Freestyle –
(S3, S5, S7, S9-S12)
#16 Men’s 100m Freestyle –
(S1-S14)
#16 Men’s 100m Freestyle –
(S4-S6, S8, S10, S12)
DAY 3 – Saturday, June 19, 2021
Preliminary Session
DAY 3 – Saturday, June 19, 2021
Finals Session
Warm-up: 7:30 a.m.
Start: 9:00 a.m.
Warm-up: 3:30 p.m.
Start: 5:00 p.m.
#17 Women’s 100m Butterfly –
(S8-S14)
#17 Women’s 100m Butterfly –
(S8-S10, S13-S14)
#18 Men’s 100m Butterfly –
(S8-S14)
#18 Men’s 100m Butterfly –
(S8-S14)
#19 Women’s 150m IM –
(SM1-SM4)
#19 Women’s 150m IM –
(SM4)
#20 Men’s 150m IM –
(SM1-SM4)
#20 Men’s 150m IM –
(SM3-SM4)
#21 Women’s 200m IM –
(SM5-SM14)
#21 Women’s 200M IM –
(SM5-SM10, SM11, SM13-SM14)
#22 Men’s 200m IM –
(SM5-SM14)
#22 Men’s 200m IM –
(SM6-SM10, SM11, SM13-SM14)
#23 Women’s 50m Freestyle –
(S1-S13)
#23 Women’s 50m Freestyle –
(S4, S6, S8, S10, S11, S13)
#24 Men’s 50m Freestyle –
(S1-S13)
#24 Men’s 50m Freestyle –
(S3-S5, S7, S9-S11, S13)

Among those competing will be 2016 US Paralympian McKenzie Coan who will head into the meet as a 5-time Paralympic medalist and 6-time World Championship medalist. Coan won gold in Rio in the women’s S7 50 free, S7 100 free, S7 400 free, and 4×100 freestyle 34 point relay. She is entered this week to race the 3 events that she won gold in at the 2016 Games, as well as the 50 butterfly.

Another big name is 2012 and 2016 Paralympian Becca Meyers who will race the S12 100 freestyle, S12 100 butterfly, and S12 400 freestyle. Back in 2016, Meyers took gold in the women’s S13 100 fly, 200 IM, and 400 free along with a silver in the S13 100 freestyle.

Leanne Smith will take to the women’s SB3 50 breaststroke, S3 50 backstroke, and SM3 150 IM, hoping to earn a spot on the 2021 Paralympic squad. Smith had a successful showing 2 years ago at the 2019 World Paralympic Swimming Championships and took gold in the women’s SB3 50 breast, women’s S3 100 free, women’s SM4 150 medley, and a silver in the women’s S3 50 backstroke.

Racing will get underway with prelims at 9 am on Thursday, June 17, and finals at 5 pm.

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Coach Mike 1952
1 year ago

For anyone who wants to see what a celebratory inclusive acceptance & honoring of Para Swimmers is like, check out the Amazon Prime feeds from the Aussie Trials just concluded today. They were amazing. So respectful! NBC take note how it’s done right. And Scooter & Ahmed are a trip!

Last edited 1 year ago by Coach Mike 1952
MNSwammer
1 year ago

Where can we find results?

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  MNSwammer
1 year ago

Had to dig (sad to say) to find out we can watch too at this link: https://go.teamusa.org/3zwJayP
Also, can follow at https://www.facebook.com/U.S.ParalympicsSwimming

Last edited 1 year ago by Coach Mike 1952
MNSwammer
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
1 year ago

Much appreciated, thanks!

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  MNSwammer
1 year ago

welcome

MNSwammer
1 year ago

I can’t wait to watch Mallory Weggemann!!! After reading her book, I’m rooting for her all the way. LET’S GO USA!

Seth
1 year ago

I know a few swimmers in this.

When do the paralympics happen

Coach
1 year ago

I wish USA Swimming would include paralympians in Trials the way that Australia does.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Coach
1 year ago

Absolutely. They are so respectful of the entire team, para included. Check out Scooter & Ahmed for instance, Ellie Cole, etc.

Jamie5678
Reply to  Coach
1 year ago

I fear that NBC’s coverage might prove slightly sentimental.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Jamie5678
1 year ago

What do you mean please?

Craig
1 year ago

Let’s go Becca!