2021 AMERICAN OLYMPIC SWIMMING EVENTS
The first group of US Olympians will be named tonight in the first US Olympic Trials final session in Omaha, with Tokyo spots on the line in the men’s 400 IM, men’s 400 freestyle and women’s 400 IM.
We will also see two rounds of semi-finals in the women’s 100 butterfly and men’s 100 breaststroke, where the top eight swimmers advance to the final on Monday night.
the 400 IM men kicks off, and the race could take a very similar form to what we saw in 2016. At the time, Ryan Lochte opened a big lead before being overtaken by Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland, who won both Olympic places.
This time, Kalisz and Litherland should fight with Carson Foster, the rising sophomore from the University of Texas who qualified first in this morning’s preliminaries in 4: 10.50.
Bobby Finke, who will be among the favorites later in the 800 and 1,500 freestyle competition, will also have a chance if he is within striking range with 100 meters to go.
The only scratch from the foreplay came from Gunnar Bentz, who withdraws from the 400 IM, displacing Penn State Michel Daly and final.
the 400 free men presents a unique scenario: what if the runner-up (or the winner, for that matter) is not under the FINA “A” cup?
The fastest American in the qualifying period, Zane Grothe, failed to advance to the finals and stands out from the NCAA Kieran Smith is the seed after scoring 3: 48.05 in the preliminaries. Smith has a best time of 3: 47.71 and the Olympic qualifying time is 3: 46.78.
Smith should be able to get past that time frame, but it would take a massive drop for anyone on the pitch to do so. Jake Mitchell was 3: 47.9 in 2019, and the next step is Ross Dant, who clocked a record 3: 48.40 in the preliminaries.
If the runner-up is not below 3: 46.78, he will not be named to the Olympic team. If the winner is also not below the “A” standard, he may swim the event at the Olympic Games, but must receive an official invitation from FINA to do so.
Similar to Miss Grothe at 400 free, the 400 IM women had a surprise with Madisyn Cox not having reached the final.
Melanie Margalis remains the favorite to win, but in Cox’s absence the race for second place opens, with figures like Glittering hali, Emma Weyant and Ally McHugh firmly in the mixture.
Lea Smith and Brooke Forde, who will come out in lanes seven and eight, could also fight if he’s at his best. Smith has a best time of 4: 33.86 in 2017, second to Margalis among the swimmers on the field. Forde has a PB of 4: 35.09 from 2018.
the 100 fly women has a multitude of possible contenders for the Olympic places tomorrow night, with a veteran Kelsi Dahlia and newcomer Torri Huske Staking their claim to a pair of lane 4 appearances tonight after breaking 57 seconds in the prelims.
Michel André had the morning session swimming in the 100 chest for men, breaking the US record in 58.19. Andrew Wilson also put in a phenomenal performance, setting a new fastest time of 58.80.
MEN’S 400 IM FINAL
- World record: Michael Phelps (United States) – 4: 03.84 (2008)
- American record: Michael Phelps – 4:03.84 (2008)
- US Open Record: Michael Phelps – 4:05.25 (2008)
- Junior World Record: Ilya Borodin (RUS) – 4: 11.17 (2021)
- Olympic champion 2016: Kosuke Hagino (JPN) – 4:06.05
- 2016 Olympic Trials United States Champion: Chase Kalisz – 4:09.54
- Wave I cut: 4: 25.99
- Wave Cup II: 4: 23.24
- Chase Kalisz (Robust), 4: 09.09
- Jay Litherland (DYNA), 4:10.33
- Carson Foster (SPOKES), 4: 10.86
In a race that looked suspiciously like the 2016 practice, Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland clinched their ticket to the Tokyo Games in the men’s 400 IM for the second straight Olympics, going 1-2 with Kalisz in the lead.
Carson Foster, who set the pace for this morning’s preliminaries with a personal best 4: 10.50, opened up a huge lead from the start (similar to what Ryan Lochte five years ago) and was more than two seconds ahead of Litherland and three over Kalisz in the 200.
Kalisz did what he does best on the breaststroke, covering both laps with a blistering 1: 08.25 stoppage time to beat Foster by more than three seconds and take the lead.
Then, on the home stretch in freestyle, Litherland started chasing Foster in the race for second, with Kalisz rushing to victory in 4: 09.09.
Overall, Litherland (57.36) overtook Foster (1: 00.83) in freestyle by more than three seconds, taking second place in 4: 10.33. Foster touched third place in 4: 10.86, and Bobby Finke had a noticeable best time for fourth place clocking 4: 11.44.
SEMI-FINALS 100 FLY WOMEN
- World Record: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 55.48 (2016)
- American record: Dana Vollmer – 55,98 (2012)
- US Open Record: Claire Curzan (United States) – 56.20 (2021)
- Junior World Record: Claire Curzan (United States) – 56.20 (2021)
- 2016 Olympic champion: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 55.48
- 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Kelsi (Worrell) Dahlia – 56.48
- Wave that I cut: 1: 00.69
- Wave Cup II: 59.59
FINAL 400 FREE MEN
- World record: Paul Biedermann (GER) – 3: 40.07 (2009)
- American record: Larsen Jensen – 3: 42.78 (2008)
- Record de l’US Open: Larsen Jensen – 3: 43,53 (2008)
- Junior World Record: Mack Horton (AUS) – 3: 44.60 (2014)
- Champion olympique 2016: Mack Horton (AUS) – 3: 41.55
- 2016 United States Olympic Trials Champion: Connor Jaeger – 3: 43.79
- Wave I cut: 3: 57.29
- Wave Cup II: 3: 54.21
WOMEN’S 400 IM FINAL
- Record du monde: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 4: 26.36 (2016)
- American record: Katie Hoff – 4: 31.12 (2008)
- Record de l’US Open: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 4: 31.07 (2015)
- Junior World Record: Yu Yiting (CHN) – 4: 35.94 (2021)
- Championne Olympique 2016: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 4: 26.36
- 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Maya DiRado – 4: 33.73
- Wave I Cut: 4: 51.79
- Wave Cup II: 4: 47.72
MEN’S 100 BREAST SEMI-FINALS
- World record: Adam peaty (GBR) – 56,88 (2019)
- American record: Michel André – 58.19 (2021)
- US Open Record: Michel André (United States) – 58.19 (2021)
- Junior World Record: Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA) – 59.01 (2017)
- Olympic champion 2016: Adam peaty (GBR) – 57,13
- 2016 Olympic Trials United States Champion: Kevin Cordes – 59.18
- Wave I Cut: 1: 03.29
- Wave Cut II: 1: 01.97