2021 OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS IN THE USA
WAVE II PSYCH SHEETS BEFORE SCRATCHING
With Wave II of the U.S. Olympic Trials, due to begin on Sunday, pre-scratch psychic sheets have been released by USA Swimming, giving us a first look at the competitions athletes intend to swim.
Just a brief reminder of how the Wave I / Wave II qualification works: Only swimmers who had one or more Wave I cuts but did not achieve Wave II competed in the Wave I meet last weekend. Any swimmer who has at least one Wave II cut also has the ability to compete in any Wave I cut event only at the Wave II match.
While we are scanning the psychic records for records that may be of interest to our readers, we will publish a separate article on the site in which we will look in detail at the compositions of specific swimmers.
single Vilasenor, at least as things stand now, has chosen a busy schedule. In addition to the fully anticipated 50 free, 1
There was speculation as to whether a women’s sprint star Simon Manuel will enter 200 for free. She entered as the 3rd winner with her best of 1: 56.09, but did not compete in the event in March 2020, which is the reason to speculate whether she will actually compete. Manuel’s coach, Greg Meehan, confirmed to SwimSwam that Manuel is included in the 200 free and a final decision will be made on whether she will compete as the event approaches. Without 200 free, Simone will simply compete for 50 free and 100 free women events in which she holds American Records.
Universal sprinter Michael Andrew is also introduced in a large volume of events. Andrew enters the match in 50 free, 100 free, 100 flies, 100 backs, 100 breasts and 200 IM. All six of these events run in the pre-finals / semi-finals / finals format, so if he eventually competes with all of them, he will have one of the busiest schedules of all during the week.
Ryan Lochte is also introduced in a huge 6 events. The 36-year-old veteran Olympic star is chasing the 5th consecutive Olympic stand. He entered the match in 200 IM, 400 IM, 100 back, 200 back, 200 free and 100 fly. It seems very likely that Lochte will eventually scratch a number of events to focus his energy on creating the team. The event in which he seems to have been best shot at the top 2 finish is the 200 IM, where he holds the world record and is the 5th winner for this match.
15-year-old sandstone of Nevada Bella Sims is a rising star to watch out for in these trials. At just 15 years old, Sims managed to qualify for this match in 11 events. Instead of getting into all of them and then scratching, Sims and her coaches decided to reduce the focus from the start by entering it in just 5 events. Sims is set to compete with 100 free, 200 free, 800 free, 100 flies and 200 flies. Other eligible events were 400 free, 1500 free, 100 back, 200 back, 200 IM and 400 IM.
Olivia Smoliga she did not get into the back of the 200 women, an event in which her best time would put her in 9th place. Smoliga is right in the thick back of 100, where she is 2nd only after Regan Smith. Instead, Smoliga is set to swim 50 free, 100 free and 200 free, in addition to 100 backstroke. She is in 5th place in the 200 freestyle, which is a relay event, so the six best swimmers will make up the Olympic team. Smoliga is ranked 11th in the 100 free, also a relay event and 10th in the 50th.
Shane Casas has been introduced in 7 events, giving it one of the toughest schedules to begin with, Casas has been introduced in 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 100 back, 200 back, 100 flights and 200 IM. Casas is unlikely to compete in all 7 events, especially given that they are all preliminary / semi-final. With that in mind, it appears from his records that Casas is likely to end up scratching the 50 free and 200 free, as he is ranked 67th and 52nd in these events, respectively. On the other hand, Casas is 2nd out of 100 backs, 3rd out of 200 backs and 8th out of 100 fly and 200 IM. He is the 17th winner of the 100 free, which is a relay event.