Youngest Swimmers to Qualify for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials

2024 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS

Beach Cities Swimming 13-year-old Gabi Brito will be the youngest swimmer at the U.S. Olympic Trials next week after pulling off an impressive time drop in the 50 freestyle over the past month.

Last month, Brito shaved almost a second off her lifetime best in the 50 free with a time of 25.71, taking down a Southern California LSC record (26.04) belonging to 12-time Olympic medalist Dara Torres from 1982. She followed that performance up with a personal-best 25.42 earlier this month — right before the qualifying window closed — making her the fastest 13-year-old American ever by a relatively wide margin ahead of Kate Douglass (25.80). Brito is seeded 39th in the 50 free scheduled for Saturday, June 22.

The only other swimmer competing at Lucas Oil Stadium who was born in 2010 is Nasa Wildcat Aquatics 14-year-old Grace Koenig-Song. She’s seeded 55th in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.97).

Kayla Han was the youngest U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier in 2021 at 13 years old. Back in 2000, Dana Vollmer made the U.S. Olympic Trials at just 12 years old. The youngest U.S. Olympic swimmer in Tokyo was 15-year-old Katie Grimes (800 free), who marked the youngest U.S. Olympic swimmer since Jilen Siroky and Amanda Beard made the Atlanta 1996 squad at just 14 years old.

The youngest boy to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials was Santa Clara Swim Club 14-year-old Shareef Elaydi, who’s seeded 51st in the 200 butterfly (2:00.38). He’s just about a second shy of Michael Phelps‘ national age group (NAG) record of 1:59.02 from way back in 2000.

Other age-group standouts to keep an eye on in Indianapolis include Jersey Wahoos 14-year-old Audrey Derivaux, who qualified for six events. She’s the 18th seed in both the 200 fly (2:10.81) and 200 back (2:10.36), 28th seed in the 200 IM (2:15.14), 41st seed in the 100 fly (59.62), and 49th seed in the 100 back (1:01.66).

She’s joined by fellow 14-year-olds Bianca Nwaizu of Irvine Novaquatics and Ellie Clarke of Carmel Swim Club. Nwaizu is seed 72nd in the 100 breast (1:10.20) while Clark is seeded 28th in the 200 back (2:11.93) and 32nd in the 400 IM (4:49.24).

Laker Swimming 15-year-old Rylee Erisman will be gunning for some second swims as the No. 15 seed in the 50 free (24.98), No. 16 seed in the 100 free (54.34), and No. 18 seed in the 100 back (1:00.58). The youngest American to break 25 seconds in the 50 free, Erisman is also seeded 27th in the 200 back (2:11.80) and 42nd in the 200 free (2:00.19).

Of course, we can’t forget about distance free phenom Luka Mijatovic. The Pleasanton Seahawks 15-year-old is eyeing a top-6 finish (and National Team berth) in the 800 free, where he’s seeded 13th with a personal-best 7:59.64. Mijatovic is also seeded 19th in the 400 free (3:51.18), 22nd in the 1500 free (15:26.73), and 45th in the 200 free (1:49.63). The last 15-year-old boy to make a U.S. Olympic team was Phelps back in 2000 (and before Phelps, the last was Ralph Flanagan in 1932).

Besides Elaydi and Mijatovic, no other boys born in 2009 qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials.

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It's Jess!
10 days ago

Let’s not forget that 17 year old seeded first in the men’s 200 fly. 😱

Canadian Fan
10 days ago

I am pretty sure that Missy Franklin and Lia Neal qualified for 2008 Olympic Trials and they were both 13 years old.

Everybody
11 days ago

How many of y’all know how to pronounce “Mijatovic.” up for yes, down for no

MrWorldWide
Reply to  Everybody
11 days ago

Me-Ya-Toe-Vitch

123letsgobullets
11 days ago

Brayden Capen of IL also 15 years old. Seeded 35th in 200 back with a time from last summer when he was 14

SHRKB8
11 days ago

Regarding Mijatovic and his entry rank. I find it interesting, reflecting on some comments in previous articles about US distance swimming being dead, when he is ranked 22 in the 1500 with a 15.26.73 – in Australia that ranks 8th and is automatic finals entry. Seems the US distance scene is very much alive to me 🤷.

Good luck to all the young guns, enjoy the experience and learn from many of the world’s best 💪💪💪.

MadamButterfly20596
Reply to  SHRKB8
11 days ago

USA has always had the most depths in all events.

Doe
Reply to  MadamButterfly20596
11 days ago

Not men’s 200 breast

Jeah
Reply to  SHRKB8
11 days ago

The population of the US is 12x+ of Australia…

BairnOwl
Reply to  SHRKB8
11 days ago

Having depth does not equal having world-class swimmers.

MadamButterfly20596
Reply to  SHRKB8
11 days ago

It’s weird to compare swimming depths in America to Australia.

It would be like comparing track and Field depths in America to Jamaica.

Joel
Reply to  MadamButterfly20596
11 days ago

America has a LOT more registered swimmers. You’d be surprised. Someone else quoted the numbers on here once. USA also has scholarships at university – Australia have very few of those.

MadamButterfly20596
Reply to  Joel
11 days ago

Uh. This is exactly what I was saying.

It’s ridiculous to compare the depths in USA to a much small country.

vick
11 days ago

How many D3 swimmers will be swimming at Trials?

vick
11 days ago

How many D3 swimmers got trials cuts?

Admin
Reply to  vick
11 days ago

No good way to count them all (if somebody wants to take that on please email me share.com).

Coach Cwik
Reply to  Braden Keith
11 days ago

How about asking some one with extra time on their hands to unofficially designate the College of each competitor. Of course, you can use UHK for those that didn’t attend.

vick
Reply to  Braden Keith
11 days ago

Control F the psych sheet for Trials with the past couple D3 NCAA finalists- for the men there are only 4 – Derek Maas, Garrett Classen, Gavin Jones and Patrick Daly.

PFA
Reply to  vick
11 days ago

Ngl I’m not surprised 2 Denison swimmers qualified for trials

swimmer
Reply to  Braden Keith
11 days ago

Will a complete list of qualifiers be released by swimswam?

Swammer
Reply to  vick
11 days ago

DIII national champions Garrett Clasen from UChicago and NYU 5th year Derek Maas have cuts

swimmer
Reply to  Swammer
11 days ago

I believe Jennah Fadely from Kenyon has the 100 br OT cut and MIT has an incoming freshman with trials as well. But would be curious for a complete list of D3 qualifiers!

Holden Caulfield's 400 IM
11 days ago

Brings up an interesting trivia bit about what the mean age would be in each event. Presumably the longer distances in each stroke would have younger averages.

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