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
- The place: CHI Well being Middle / Omaha, Nebraska
- 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifying Cuts
- LCM (50m)
- Wave I & II Occasion Order
Males’s 200 Butterfly
- World Report: Kristof Milak – 1:50.73 (2019)
- American Report: Michael Phelps – 1:51.51 (2009)
- US Open Report: Michael Phelps – 1:52.20 (2008)
- World Junior Report: Kristof Milak – 1:52.71 (2018)
- 2016 Olympic Champion: Michael Phelps – 1:53.
- 2016 Olympic Trials Champion: Michael Phelps
- Wave I Reduce: 2:01.19
- Wave II lower: 1:59.63
In 2016, Michael Phelps made his fifth straight US Olympic group within the males’s 200 butterfly en path to an Olympic gold medal efficiency. Actually, the medal marked his 4th straight within the occasion, making the rostrum yearly since 2004. With Phelps’ retirement, the USA has a big gap to fill, particularly on this occasion, the place no People made the rostrum on the 2017 or 2019 World Championships.
In 2017, Pace Clark and Jack Conger represented the US on the World Championships. On the time, Conger gave the impression to be an imminent inheritor to Phelps’ throne as he completed fifth total at Worlds in a time of 1:54.88, whereas Clark didn’t make it previous the semi-finals. Nevertheless, Cogner has not hit a greatest time within the occasion since 2017 and didn’t qualify for the occasion for the 2019 World Championships. Clark, in the meantime, has since retired from the game of swimming, final registering a swim on the PSS meet in Knoxville in 2019.
Since 2018, the quickest American within the occasion has been the College of Georgia’s Luca Urlando, who posted a time of 1:53.84 at a Professional Swim Collection cease in June 2019. Urlando, the 2019 Junior World Champion, was unable to race on the 2019 World Championships because of the truth that the USA contingent was chosen on the 2018 Nationwide Championships, the place he completed third.
Though Urlando has not too long ago been hindered by shoulder points after dislocating final summer season, he’s nonetheless within the prime place to make his first US Olympic Group, particularly if he can close to his lifetime greatest at trials. Urlando’s season greatest at present stands at a 1:57.21 from the Georgia Invite.
On the similar competitors, Cal’s Trenton Julian had a breakthrough swim, profitable the occasion in a private better of 1:55.77. His time at present ranks him first within the nation, main the rankings by over a second. Julian’s efficiency locations him because the Seventh-fastest American since 2018. Internationally, Julian represented the US on the 2019 World College Video games, ending thirteenth within the 200 butterfly and profitable a gold medal as a member of the 800 freestyle relay.
Though he historically focuses on the IM occasions, Georgia’s Chase Kalisz can also be within the dialog for a person spot on this occasion. Kalisz owns a private better of 1:54.79 from the 2017 US Nationwide Championships, and has already been as quick as 1:56.90 this season to rank second within the nation behind Julian. Nevertheless, with such a good discipline within the IM occasions, Kalisz could elect to give attention to them as an alternative, as he was the 2017 World Champion in each the 200 and 400 IM. Likewise, Cal standout Andrew Seliskar can also be a risk, however could elect to focus within the 200 IM and 200 freestyle, the place he’s amongst the highest swimmers within the nation as nicely.
One other Georgia standout, Gunnar Bentz, can also be within the place to problem for an Olympic group spot. Bentz not too long ago swam a time of 1:57.64 within the occasion on the 2021 Longhorn Invite, rating him fifth within the nation for the season. In 2016, Bentz represented the USA as a member of the 800 freestyle relay, incomes a gold medal through his prelims efficiency.
Since 2018, the first worldwide US representatives within the occasion have been Zach Harting and Justin Wright. Each Wright and Harting represented the USA on the 2019 World Championships and 2018 Pan Pacific Championships. Since 2018, Wright and Harting rank 2nd and third, respectively amongst People with instances of 1:54.63 and 1:55.05. This season, Harting ranks fifth within the nation with a time of 1:57.64, whereas Wright holds a season greatest of two:00.25. Until he can muster up his quickest efficiency since 2018 within the occasion, Wright could also be on the skin trying in in the course of the ultimate in Omaha, as there are a number of younger athletes hovering within the 1:57-range.
Simply forward of Harting within the nationwide rankings for this season is 22-year-old Connor LaMastra, who swam a greatest time of 1:57.49 final week. Together with his swim, Lamastra destroyed his earlier better of 1:59.56, incomes his first Wave II Olympic Trials lower within the course of. If he has one other drop in retailer, Lamastra might be able to make the ultimate in Omaha, and even make the Olympic group within the occasion.
Like Lamastra, Arizona’s Brooks Fail additionally not too long ago swam his means into the Olympic group dialog, dropping a second off of his greatest time to complete in 1:56.18. Together with his efficiency, Fail turned the 2nd quickest American this season, behind the aforementioned Julian.
There are additionally a number of collegiate stars that will have an effect upon the sphere, together with Miles Smachlo, Jack LeVant, Nicolas Albiero, and Sam Pomajevich. Albiero particularly needs to be a risk given his current performances within the occasion, as he holds a season better of 1:57.86 from Des Moines that ranks him tenth within the nation this season. As well as, Albiero is at present the 4th-fastest performer of all-time within the yards model of the occasion.
Tom Shields was the opposite US consultant within the occasion on the 2016 Olympic Video games, moreover Phelps. Nevertheless, since then, he has been comparatively inconsistent in each nationwide and worldwide competitions. On the Atlanta Basic, Shields was solely 2:00.92, barely sneaking into the ultimate earlier than in the end scratching. Just lately, Shields seems to have shifted his focus to the 100 butterfly, posting a time of 51.55 in Atlanta. Shields holds a greatest time of 1:55.09, which might sneak him into Olympic consideration, however the discipline could merely be too quick for the veteran.
Darkish Horse: Matthew Fenlon is at present one of many prime age-group prospects within the nation, rating #10 in SwimSwam’s rankings of the category of 2021. Fenlon holds a greatest time of 1:57.39 from 2019, however has already been as quick as 1:59.31 this season on the PSS meet in San Antonio. Given his younger age, Fenlon may see some main drops come Omaha, which can push him into the ultimate.
Wave I Standout: Princeton College commit Conor McKenna at present holds a lifetime greatest of two:00.13, falling inside .4 of the Wave II lower of 1:59.63. Nevertheless, his quick course better of 1:45.02 converts to a 1:59.44 in lengthy course utilizing the Swimulator, which means McKenna most definitely has extra room to enhance his time.