USA Swimming to Include 50’s, Off-Distance Events at 2013 Worlds Trials

USA Swimming has unveiled the schedule for the 5-day World Championship Trials meet that will be held next from June 25th until June 29th in Indianapolis. The day-by-day breakdown of races is as below:

Day 1: 200 fly, 100 free, w800, m1500
Day 2: 200 free, 200 breast, 200 back, 50 fly
Day 3: 400 IM, 100 fly, 50 breast, 50 back
Day 4: 400 free, 100 breast, 100 back
Day 5: w1500, 200 IM, m800, 50 free

The inclusion of the non-Olympic distance events, the men’s 800 and women’s 1500, plus the 50 meter races of each stroke hints at a bit of a philosophy change for these races from USA Swimming. With reports abound that the IOC and FINA are considering adding 50 meter races to the Olympic schedule, as well as swapping the women’s 800 for a 1500, we might see selection for these events for the World Championships (where they are already a part of the schedule) done on the basis of those actual events.

USA Swimming has not released the selection procedure for Worlds yet, but this is a strong sign indicating that the 50 back, 50 breast, 50 fly, and the non-Olympic distance events could be awarded to the winners of those events. In the past, tradition has held that they be given to the winners of the closest event from Trials, but with the swimmers who win those races often declining their spots, this procedure has ended up a bit dicey. Cullen Jones was the figurehead for the problem when, in 2011, he earned a bid to swim the 50 fly after Michael Phelps and Tyler McGill both declined, and then said after his prelim that he didn’t care about the race and was focused on the 50 free anyway. If there are athletes who don’t want to swim the 50 meter races, then we should find the best who do want to swim them.

Outside of that, this meet schedule should work out fairly well for most of the big names. There will be a few conflicts, for example with Missy Franklin likely trialing both the 200 free and the 200 backstroke, but overall the events will be pretty well spread out: easier to do in a meet without semi-final heats.

2013 World Championship Trials qualifying standards are available here.

Those selected from this meet will qualify for the American squad that travels to Barcelona for the World Championships.

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7 years ago

Will there be standards for the 50’s… or have to have made the 100?

7 years ago

So USA swimming is finally offering 50 meter events at a World Championship Qualifying meet. You probably cant qualify for the 50s unless you qualify in the 100? Sounds about right. Is USA Track making all the 100 meter dash athletes qualify for the 200? Comments?

Reply to  Proffitt
7 years ago

Yeah, this is the way we do it in Canada too. In 2009, Amanda Reason broke the World Record in the 50m Breast and had to qualify in the 100 to make the team, which was definitely not a certainty (she came second I believe, but it was close).

Reply to  Davis Wuolle
7 years ago

What a strange thing to do… Why would 50’s be any less?

Philip Johnson
7 years ago

it’s about time.

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