USA Swimming, after hearing from a number of displeased coaches, have added time trials back into the Olympic Trials schedule on a limited basis. Trials will be held on June 27th and June 28th (Wednesday and Thursday) and then again during the morning of the final day (Monday, July 2nd) of the meet, when no other races are swum.
This decision comes just two days after first announcing that they would cut them out altogether. Though there are plenty of opinions on either side about the value of time trials at the meet, the strongest opinions have to do with the timing of the announcement – just two weeks before trial began.
There will be a total of 5.5 hours of time trials offered over the week. USA Swimming did say that they sought out other facilities at which to hold trials, but were unsuccessful.
The full information is below.
We have heard from quite a few coaches who were unhappy with time trials being cancelled. We understand this displeasure as the decision was made less than two weeks before Trials. Therefore, we have modified the position and will allow time trials on a limited basis. The following schedule will be used for time trials:
Time Trials Schedule:
June 25 No time trials
June 26 No time trials
June 27 60-90 minutes of time trials (more will be known once we have a timeline for prelims on this day) – likely starting about 1:00 p.m.
June 28 60-90 minutes of time trials (more will be known once we have a timeline for prelims on this day) – likely starting about 1:00 p.m.
June 29 No time trials
June 30 No time trials
July 1 No time trials
July 2 Time trials from 8:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Time Trials will be kept to the above time limits in order to keep afternoon training times open in both pools for athletes in the meet. As you may recall, we have requested that if your athlete has an off day, that you strongly consider training during the afternoon period to allow those athletes swimming on that day as much warm-up space as possible. For this reason, we are trying to keep the 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. time period open each day.
We did make efforts to find space for time trials at another venue in Omaha, Council Bluffs or Lincoln, but no facility was viable.
Thanks to all of you for your patience with this. It is clearly not a perfect situation or solution, but think this will help out those that had made travel plans believing that time trials would take place.