USA Swimming on Friday morning announced the new dates for the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials.
The event will be held in Omaha, Nebraska from June 13th-20th, 2021, one week earlier in the Olympic cycle than the original dates of June 21st-28th, 2020.
That’s as compared to the Olympic Games, which have been pushed off almost exactly one year. The new dates for the Tokyo Olympic Games are July 23rd to August 8th, almost exactly one year after the original dates of July 24th to August 8th.
While the Olympic Trials typically overlap by a few days with the NCAA baseball College World Series that is also held in Omaha, that overlap is usually on the front end of the Olympic Trials. The 2021 College World Series is scheduled to run from June 19th until June 29th or 30th, which means that the overlap for next year will be on the back end of the Olympic Trials, and only for 2 days.
The meet, which is a joint property of USA Swimming and the United States Olympic Committee, will be back in the Chi Health Center in Omaha, where it has been held for every edition of this meet dating back to 2008.
The daily schedule will remain the same across the 15-session, 8-day event, including morning prelims and evening semi/finals sessions (the opposite of what is expected for Tokyo).
You can find the full event schedule for the Trials, which mirrors that of the Olympics with the exception of no relays (and the flipped morning/evening finals), here.
Ticket purchasers will have two options for the 2021 Olympic Trials event:
- re-issuance of new tickets in the same seats for the same session(s)
- ticket refunds within six months of the rescheduling announcement via the original point of purchase
Remaining tickets can be purchased through any Ticketmaster outlet nationwide or online at ticketmaster.com/swimtrials20, as well as at the CHI Health Center Omaha box office.
As of April 10, 2020, 1,213 athletes have qualified to compete at the Olympic Trials. USA Swimming says that they anticipate these successful trials cuts will be accepted for the 2021 event. Updated Trials qualifying standards will be released ahead of the official return to competition across the U.S.
The new cuts are expected to be faster than the 2020 standards in an effort to not have the meet expand too far past USA Swimming’s stated target of 1,200-1,400 swimmers.
You can find the 2020 cuts below.
2020 U.S. Olympic Trial Cuts
For more information on the Trials visit www.usaswimming.org/trials.
This is a developing story and will continue to be updated.