2021 U.S. Olympic Roster Update 4: Schmitt Returns, Harting & Walsh Newest OLY 2021 U.S. Olympic Roster Update 4: Schmitt Returns, Harting & Walsh Newest OLY


Workforce USA’s Olympic swimming roster welcomes each veteran and first-time Olympians following the conclusion of the fourth day of competitors in Omaha.

Katie Ledecky, who already certified for the ladies’s 400 freestyle on Monday, added the 200 and 1500 freestyles to her Tokyo lineup Wednesday evening. With Ledecky taking the highest spot in every of those races, 2nd-place finishers are in a position to breathe a bit simpler because it turns into more and more sure they are going to be added to the rising Olympic group.

2012 Olympic gold medalist Allison Schmitt and beginner Erica Sullivan each completed behind Ledecky within the 200 and 1500 freestyles, respectively. For Schmitt, her ticket to Tokyo is a certainty as she can be wanted for the 4×200 freestyle relay. Ending in third and 4th within the 200 freestyle had been Paige Madden, who already certified for Tokyo by means of a 2nd place end within the 400 free, and Katie McLaughlin, who qualifies for her first Olympics. Each are actually certified as members of the 4×200 free relay.

For Sullivan, her qualification is technically nonetheless pending, although Ledecky is anticipated to qualify individually in another occasion, the 800 freestyle, and with different girls more likely to choose up their second occasions over the following couple of days, Sullivan is nearly sure to be included on the roster.

The ladies’s 200 IM was simply the race of the evening. Three girls took it right down to the wire, all ending inside 0.04 of each other. Touching the wall first was 2021 NCAA Champion Alex Walsh in 2:09.30. Walsh was carefully adopted by teammate Kate Douglass in 2:09.32. Douglass simply out-touched Madisyn Cox who completed in 2:09.34. Walsh signed her identify on the drum and Douglass is anticipated to take action in a couple of days’ time.

On the lads’s aspect, Darkish Knight Zach Harting punched his ticket with a victory within the 200 fly. Ending 2nd to Harting was 2016 Olympic gold medalist Gunnar Bentz. Bentz, who competed in Rio within the 4×200 free relay and no particular person occasions, completed 4th at Trials within the 200 fly in 2016. Now, with a 2nd place end, Bentz could have the chance to swim a person occasion in Olympic competitors–pending the finalization of the group roster.


Tonight’s new qualifiers are famous in daring.

Tentative qualifiers (who want a sure variety of multi-event qualifiers to be formally added) are listed in italics.



  • Chase Kalisz: 400 IM
  • Kieran Smith: 400 free, 200 free, 4×200 free relay
  • Michael Andrew: 100 breast
  • Townley Haas: 200 free, 4×200 free relay
  • Drew Kibler: 4×200 free relay
  • Andrew Seliskar: 4×200 free relay
  • Ryan Murphy: 100 again
  • Zach Harting: 200 fly
  • Jay Litherland: 400 IM
  • Jake Mitchell: 400 free
  • Andrew Wilson: 100 breast
  • Hunter Armstrong: 100 again
  • Zach Apple: 4×200 free relay
  • Patrick Callan: 4×200 free relay
  • Gunnar Bentz: 200 fly


Right here’s an overly-simplified model of the U.S. Olympic choice course of: the group can have a most of 26 males and 26 girls. Swimmers are added to the roster in these priorities till the roster cap is hit:

  1. High 4 in 100/200 frees, Winner of all different occasions
  2. 2nd-place finisher in all occasions (in addition to 100/200 free)
  3. Fifth-place finisher in 100/200 free
  4. Sixth-place finisher in 100/200 free

We monitor ‘doubles’ as a method of figuring out when the following precedence of swimmers may be formally added to the group. A ‘double’ is successfully a swimmer qualifying in a couple of occasion. One swimmer qualifying in three occasions counts as two ‘doubles’ for our functions.

The Magic Numbers:

  • 6 doubles on both the lads’s or girls’s aspect means all precedence 2 athletes (2nd-place finishers) may be added for that gender
  • 8 doubles on both the lads’s or girls’s aspect means all precedence 3 athletes (Fifth-place in 100/200 free) may be added for that gender
  • 10 doubles on both the lads’s or girls’s aspect means all precedence 4 athletes (Sixth-place in 100/200 free) may be added for that gender

After Day 3:

There aren’t many doubles but, however there’s nonetheless loads of meet left with multi-event threats together with Caeleb Dressel, Simone Manuel, and Michael Andrew ready to swim a few of their finest occasions. Ledecky, for her half, has but to swim the 800 freestyle, the place she is the heavy favourite. World File holder Regan Smith additionally has but to swim her prime occasion, the 200 backstroke, although she is already certified within the 100 again.


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