USA Swimming Announces 2024 Olympic Trials Qualifying Standards

USA Swimming has releases the qualifying standards (and dates) for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.

The event will take place from June 15-23 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana in a new 9-day format.

Only one set of standards has been released, implying that USA Swimming intends to return the meet to its traditional singular event. In order to reduce numbers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, USA Swimming ran the Tokyo 2020 trials over two waves: a slower Wave I meet, with the top swimmers qualifying forward to race against the faster qualifiers at the Wave II meet.

Women Event Men
25.69 50m Freestyle 22.79
55.79 100m Freestyle 49.99
2:00.89 200m Freestyle 1:49.99
4:15.49 400m Freestyle 3:55.59
8:45.79 800m Freestyle 8:09.69
16:45.69 1500m Freestyle 15:39.89
1:01.89 100m Backstroke 55.69
2:13.59 200m Backstroke 2:01.69
1:10.29 100m Breaststroke 1:02.19
2:31.69 200m Breaststroke 2:15.99
1:00.19 100m Butterfly 53.59
2:13.69 200m Butterfly 2:00.49
2:16.09 200m Individual Medley 2:03.49
4:49.89 400m Individual Medley 4:25.19

The qualifying period will take place Nov. 30, 2022-May 30, 2024.

“Having our Olympic Trials dates and time standards available to our swimmers is a big step towards Indianapolis and Paris 2024,” U.S. National Team Managing Director Lindsay Mintenko said. “The drops in time from the 2020 Trials Time Standards are a sign that our sport is continuing to get faster across all events and disciplines. We look forward to seeing our nation’s best swimmers compete in Indianapolis in two years and are excited to name the next U.S. Olympic Team.”

Compared to the time standards for Wave I of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming, male events are 1.0% faster on average while the women’s events average out to be 0.8% faster. The 50-meter freestyle saw the biggest drop (1.7%) in men’s events compared to the previous Trials time standards, while the 100m backstroke had the biggest drop (1.3%) among women’s events.

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Chris amon
1 month ago

I want to qualify for swimming in 2024 in the Olympic trials.

aquaspeedy
Reply to  Chris amon
1 month ago

Same bro

Real
1 month ago

About time the time standards were more appropriate. Previous years. hasd 1800 qualifiers for 56 spots

observer
1 month ago

OT cuts faster across the board, yet Ledecky’s time in the mile is somehow still 19 seconds faster than the men’s mile OT cut. No other woman comes even close to making a men’s cut in any other event. Insane

Last edited 1 month ago by observer
Chlorine Cookies
Reply to  observer
1 month ago

Katinka Hoszu’s 400 IM WR (4:26.36) is just a second slower than the men’s qualifying time. Ledecky and Titmus are both a second off the men’s 400 free QT as well.

iLikePsych
Reply to  observer
1 month ago

Interesting premise. Doing that for all the events (women’s WR/men’s US trial cut)…
50 Free: Sjostrom 23.67 (+3.8%)
100 Free: Sjostrom 51.71 (+3.4%)
200 Free: Pellegrini 1:52.98 (+2.7%)
400 Free: Titmus 3:56.40 (+0.34%)
800 Free: Ledecky 8:04.79 (-1.0%)
1500 Free: Ledecky 15:20.48 (-2.1%)
100 Back: McKeown 57.45 (+3.1%)
200 Back: Smith 2:03.35 (+1.4%)
100 Breast: King 1:04.13 (+3.1%)
200 Breast: Schoenmaker 2:18.95 (+2.2%)
100 Fly: Sjostrom 55.48 (+2.8%)
200 Fly: Liu 2:01.81 (+1.1%)
200 IM: Hosszu 2:06.12 (+2.1%)
400 IM: Hosszu 4:26.36 (+0.44%)

My takeaways:
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How much can CD bench???
1 month ago

Yikes, sub-50 and sub-1:50 to qualify in the 100/200! Just insane how fast the sport has gotten. My former self probably would be eating wake in lane 8 at any club team’s senior group practice if I swam today.

Seamus
1 month ago

alright 1:02.19 here we come

oxyswim
1 month ago

Other than putting butts in seats, I can’t think of a reason why trials standards should be slower than FINA B times. It detracts from the top athletes’ performance when they have to deal with 1300 other swimmers. 1100 of whom never had a real shot to make the team.

That’s not to say butts in seats don’t matter. I would guess USAS pulls a significant portion of their revenue from that year’s gate. I believe selecting the team should be held above other goals in a way it isn’t currently though.

ADB
Reply to  oxyswim
1 month ago

It’s actually brilliant how it’s done whether it’s intentional or not. The meet isn’t just for athletes to make the Olympic Team. It’s also meant to motivate the younger “up and coming” stud swimmers, and give experience and familiarity to next cycle’s team qualifiers.
They make the cuts slow enough to where the young athletes who are barely making the meet, experience the meet, so in theory, when they come back in 4 years, they have been to the meet and won’t be in unfamiliar territory as they try to make the team. It also gives them an experience that will keep them motivated over the next 4 years to improve for the next one.

swim dad
Reply to  oxyswim
1 month ago

Fortunately last time they took the fastest Juniors from Wave 2 and put them on the World Cup Team to compete in Berlin/Budapest. My daughter got to swim and broke two World Junior records in two mixed relays twice! Picked up 3 Fina Gold and 1 Silver. There is a lot more going on with this stuff than people realize. And it’s not just about the Gold, swimming is deep

Last edited 1 month ago by swim dad
Swim coavh
Reply to  oxyswim
1 month ago

The meet is for olympians in the next cycle… think about the development that occurs. Dressel was nothing his first trials

SuperSwimmer 2000
Reply to  oxyswim
1 month ago

Don’t worry. It all works out just fine.

Amanda Wilson
1 month ago

Do we have dates for this event yet?

Peaty55Paris
Reply to  Amanda Wilson
1 month ago

Couldn’t even read the second sentence 🙁

Phi Swimma Fasta
Reply to  Amanda Wilson
1 month ago

Is it a 7-day format?

Dan
1 month ago

Was hoping they would have continued with Wave 1 and Wave 2 (more people get to swim finals and more people are on TV).

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