2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS
- Wave I Dates: June 4-7, 2021
- Wave II Dates: June 13-20, 2021
- Prelims: 10am CDT | Finals: 7pm CDT
- Where: CHI Health Center / Omaha, Nebraska
- 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifying Cuts
- Wave I & II Event Order
- LCM (50m)
- Psych Sheets
- Wave II Live Results
Now that we’ve passed the halfway mark of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, it’s time to play the speculation game: which coaches could be added to the American Olympic staff in Tokyo?
We’ve known who the head coaches will be for the last two and a half years—Dave Durden will be at the helm of the men’s team, and Greg Meehan leads the women. Both men were assistants of those respective teams at the 2016 Games in Rio, and have already slotted multiple swimmers onto their respective rosters.
Durden, who’s the head men’s coach at Cal, has put Ryan Murphy (100 back) and Andrew Seliskar (800 free relay) on the men’s roster, and Meehan, the Stanford women’s head coach, already has Katie Ledecky (200/400/1500 free) and Brooke Forde (800 free relay) on the (unofficial) roster. Another one of Meehan’s athletes, Simone Manuel, is expected to qualify in the coming days.
So beyond them, which coaches are in position to be named assistants? Three assistant coaches will be named to both the men’s and women’s teams. Let’s take a look at some of the candidates below.
Todd DeSorbo, University of Virginia
One coach who is essentially a shoo-in to be named to the roster is University of Virginia head coach Todd DeSorbo, who has qualified Paige Madden (400 free, 800 free relay), Alex Walsh (200 IM) and Kate Douglass (200 IM) on the women’s side.
DeSorbo has found immense success coaching the Cavaliers in the NCAA, including leading the team to the women’s national title this past March (with all three of the aforementioned swimmers winning individual titles), and he also led Ryan Held (USA), Soeren Dahl (Denmark) and Simonas Bilis (Lithuania) to Olympic berths in 2016.
Bob Bowman, Arizona State Sun Devils
Bowman, the head men’s Olympic coach in 2016 largely due to the presence of the GOAT, Michael Phelps, has two swimmers expected to be named in individual events on the women’s side in Hali Flickinger and Allison Schmitt. Flickinger was second in the 400 IM, and is the favorite in tonight’s 200 fly final, while Schmitt qualified for her fourth Olympic team on Wednesday by placing second to Ledecky in the 200 free.
It’s unclear whether or not Bowman would accept this position, having intimidated in the past that it was time for the next wave of coaches to take over. Bowman was also involved in a bit of controversy in 2018, which may or may not impact USA Swimming’s decision on whether or not to join the staff.
Ray Looze, Indiana University
Looze was an Olympic assistant in 2016 for the women’s team, and was also the head men’s coach at the 2018 Pan Pacs.
We’ve frequently seen the coaches of some of the team’s biggest stars named to the staff, and Looze has that on the women’s side in Lilly King. He’s also got Annie Lazor, who has a great chance to qualify on Friday night in the women’s 200 breast.
Mike Parratto, Riptide Swim Team
Parratto has undoubtedly one of the biggest rising stars in the country, Regan Smith, who is an Olympic gold medal favorite in the women’s 100 and 200 back, and could also qualify for the 200 fly on Thursday night.
Ron Aitken, Sandpipers of Nevada
- Teri McKeever, Cal Women’s team (Katie McLaughlin)
- Evan Stiles, Arlington Aquatic Club (Torri Huske)
- Bruce Marchionda, TAC Titans (Claire Curzan)
Jack Bauerle, University of Georgia
Bauerle is a veteran coach, including serving as a men’s assistant in 2016, and looks like he’s in line to do so again with Chase Kalisz, Jay Litherland, and Andrew Wilson all qualifying for the team. Nic Fink has a chance to join them tonight.
Peter Andrew, Race Pace Club
Michael Andrew has already qualified in one event, and has a chance to add up to three more. That would put his father and head coach, Peter, in line to potentially be an assistant.
Gregg Troy, Gator Swim Club
Caeleb Dressel has yet to officially make the team, but that should be taken care of tonight. If selected and accepted, Troy would bring a wealth of experience to the coaching staff, and he’s also got another swimmer, Ryan Lochte, looking to make a run and qualify in the 200 IM.
Anthony Nesty, University of Florida
Nesty’s pupil in Gainesville, Kieran Smith, has emerged as one of the biggest stars through the first four days of competition, winning both the men’s 200 and 400 freestyle.
- Eddie Reese has officially retired, but the Texas men have already put three men on the team in Townley Haas, Gunnar Bentz and Drew Kibler, with a few more (Will Licon, Carson Foster) looking to join them. It likely doesn’t mean much in terms of the coaching staff, but is worth noting. Wyatt Collins is expected to take over for Reese next season.
- Arthur Albiero, University of Louisville (Zach Harting)
- Mike Bottom, University of Michigan (Patrick Callan, Jake Mitchell)