Ledecky, Andrew, Huske Latest Olympic additions – –

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Ledecky, Andrew, Huske Latest Olympic additions – –


Two full days of the 2021 US Olympic Swimming Trials have ended and the swim team that will represent the United States at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has added 3 new members.

Update of the 2021 US Olympic list after night 2

400 IM men

400 free men

400 IM women

100 butterfly women

100 breaststroke men

400 freestyle women

Torri Huske and Michel André qualified for their first Olympics with victories in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke, respectively. For Huske, she lowered the US 100 butterfly record for the second time in as many days. For Andrew, even though he was about half a second off his US record set in the semi-finals on Monday, he still managed a win with a 58.73, just 0.01 ahead of the runner-up. Andrew Wilson.

Katie Ledecky punched his ticket to Tokyo, winning the 400 freestyle in a decisive time of 4: 01.27. Ledecky is also the overwhelming favorite to win the 200, 800 and 1,500 freestyle, and could be in the mix for a top 4 in the 100 freestyle if she continues the race beyond the preliminaries. It is swimmers like Ledecky who will qualify for the Olympic team in several events that open up more positions on the roster for 2nd places and relay substitutes.

Keep in mind that 2nds haven’t officially made the squad yet due to roster size limitations. Only 26 men and 26 women are allowed to represent the US team in the Tokyo pool, based on the prior schedule of 13 individual events, which represents 2 spots per event. The addition of the men’s 800 freestyle and women’s 1500 freestyle to the 2020 calendar – bringing the individual events calendar to 14 races – has not changed the number of positions available on the roster.

According to the United States Swimming Selection Criteria, swimmers are selected for the team based on four “priorities”. There are a few other nuances, including what happens if the rosters run out of room before all the swimmers in a certain priority are added, but that’s usually not a problem.

  • Priority # 1. The first priority will include both (i) the top four swimmers available based on order of arrival at the qualifying competition finals in each of the 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle events, and (ii) the best available Swimmer ranking based on the order of arrival at the qualifying competition finals in each of the individual events other than the 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle.
  • Priority # 2. The second priority will be the second best available swimmer based on the order of arrival at the qualifying competition finals in each of the individual events other than the 100m and 200m freestyle.
  • Priority # 3. The third priority will be made up of the fifth best swimmer available in order of arrival at the finals of the qualifying competition in each of the 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle.
  • Priority # 4. The fourth priority will consist of the sixth best swimmer available in order of arrival at the finals of the qualifying competition in each of the 100 meters and 200 meters freestyle.

PROVISIONAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR TOKYO

400 IM men

400 free men

400 IM women

100 butterfly women

100 breaststroke men

400 freestyle women

Curzan, Wilson and Madden will all be Olympians for the first time once their positions are formalized. As the 400 freestyle is one of four races Ledecky is expected to qualify for, 2nd place positions such as Madden would open.

* USA Swimming was put in a strange situation on Sunday night when only one man –Kieran Smith– Swam under the FINA “A” Cup in the men’s 400 freestyle. In order to get a second swimmer qualified to swim the race in Tokyo, USA Swimming would have to hold a time trial in Omaha to see if anyone else can clinch the FINA ‘A’ Cup in the event. Zane Grothe posted a 3: 45.78 in the qualifying period but was a dismal 3: 50.80 in the Wave II prelims, placing 11th. Even so, the second post on the list currently belongs to Grothe, although it has not been officially assigned to him. Additionally, an upcoming meet at Mission Viejo is just one of three remaining opportunities (outside of the Wave II trials) for swimmers to make their FINA ‘A’ Cups for the Olympics. You can read this story here, but to quote the most relevant information:

Place # 2 currently belongs to Zane Grothe thanks to a 3: 45.78 at the 2019 World Championships. To be passed, a swimmer does not have to beat that time at Mission Viejo, they only need to reach the Olympic “A” standard of 3: 46.78 ET for having obtained a better place than Zane in the tests. So this means that the eligible swimmers are: Ross Dant, Chris Wieser, Trey Freeman, Brooks Fail, Jake Mitchell, Andrew Abruzzo, Mitch D’Arrigo, Jake Magahey and Coby Carrozza.

If more than one of these swimmers achieves the “A” Cup in Mission Viejo, Bahamas, or in a time trial later this week, then whoever finished best among the swimmers who reached the cup “A” goes to Tokyo.

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