The 2023-24 swimming season is underway, which implies one factor: the Olympic marketing campaign is right here.
We’re now lower than 9 months away from the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials and the anticipation is constructing for what ought to be a spectacle at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Now that we’ve taken a have a look at the 380 males who’ve certified for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials so far, it’s time to see which feminine swimmers have made the minimize as we stand right here in late September.
Thus far, we rely 304 ladies who’ve made the minimize for the Trials, a big drop relative to the lads’s whole.
2024 US Olympic Trials Requirements:
|2:16.09||200m Particular person Medley||2:03.49|
|4:49.89||400m Particular person Medley||4:25.19|
Let’s be taught just a little bit extra about who’s qualifying.
Swimmers With The Most Occasions
Is there any shock that Bella Sims, the swimmer who has the quickest time in 10 of 14 particular person occasions within the ladies’ highschool class of 2023, leads all swimmers when it comes to variety of occasions certified?
Sims has met the usual in a staggering 10 occasions, and it speaks to how Ron Aitken has developed his swimmers on the Sandpipers of Nevada with Katie Grimes rating 2nd with 9 occasions and Claire Weinstein tied for 4th with seven.
Though one might argue that each one three swimmers are greatest within the freestyle occasions, they’re all extraordinarily versatile and powerful within the medley occasions, with Grimes notably the back-to-back World Championship silver medalist within the 400 IM.
A complete of 13 athletes have certified in a minimum of six occasions, with Regan Smith rating third behind Sims and Grimes with eight occasions.
|Full Title||Membership||LSC||Occasion Depend|
|1||Sims, Bella||Sandpipers Of Nevada||CA||10|
|2||Grimes, Katie||Sandpipers Of Nevada||CA||9|
|3||Smith, Regan||Solar Satan Swimming||AZ||8|
|4||Weinstein, Claire||Sandpipers Of Nevada||CA||7|
|4||Smith, Leah||Longhorn Aquatics||ST||7|
|4||Bellard, Hannah||Membership Wolverine||MI||7|
|7||Douglass, Kate||New York Athletic Membership||MR||6|
|7||Shackell, Alex||Carmel Swim Membership||IN||6|
|7||Nelson, Beata||Wisconsin Aquatics||WI||6|
|7||Pash, Kelly||Longhorn Aquatics||ST||6|
|7||Ledecky, Katie||Gator Swim Membership||FL||6|
|7||Bray, Olivia||Longhorn Aquatics||ST||6|
|7||Kozan, Justina||Trojan Swim Membership||CA||6|
Bella Sims‘ Certified Occasions:
- 100 free – 53.73
- 200 free – 1:55.45
- 400 free – 4:03.25
- 800 free – 8:29.85
- 1500 free – 16:19.29
- 100 again – 1:01.50
- 100 fly – 59.74
- 200 fly – 2:09.89
- 200 IM – 2:12.15
- 400 IM – 4:43.83
The certified feminine athletes for Trials signify 135 totally different golf equipment, not together with seven unattached swimmers.
A lot of the groups on the prime are tied to high schools, with Longhorn Aquatics and Ohio State College main the cost as the one two groups to qualify double-digit ladies.
The highest membership not hooked up to a college is Carmel Swim Membership, which had 5 qualifiers. Not like another golf equipment not affiliated with faculties, Carmel really had 5 of its present homegrown swimmers qualify (quite than these representing the membership however primarily coaching at a college): Alex Shackell, Berit Berglund, Lynsey Bowen, Ellie Clarke and Molly Sweeney.
|2||Ohio State College||10|
|3||Indiana Swim Membership||9|
|4||Alto Swim Membership||8|
|6||College of Louisville||7|
|7||Solar Satan Swimming||6|
|7||College of Florida||6|
|7||Aggie Swim Membership||6|
The 50 freestyle has typically been the occasion that has had essentially the most qualifiers in previous Olympic Trials, and whereas that doesn’t maintain true on the lads’s facet this yr, it’s the case for the ladies.
The 50 free has had 58 qualifiers so far, with all the 100-meter occasions marking the following 4 highest, all with 51 or extra swimmers certified.
On the reverse finish of the spectrum are the 1500 free and 200 breaststroke, which each have the least variety of qualifiers with 39.
|50 FR LCM||58|
|100 FR LCM||55|
|100 FL LCM||53|
|100 BK LCM||52|
|100 BR LCM||51|
|200 FR LCM||50|
|400 FR LCM||50|
|200 FL LCM||50|
|800 FR LCM||45|
|200 IM LCM||45|
|200 BK LCM||44|
|400 IM LCM||44|
|1500 FR LCM||39|
|200 BR LCM||39|
The 100 again, 50 free and 200 breast have been the three occasions on the ladies’s facet that obtained sooner by a couple of % in comparison with the 2021 Olympic Trials requirements, which actually components into the 200 breast being on the backside of the heap and the 50 free having considerably fewer qualifiers than it did within the earlier quad.
NUMBER OF QUALIFIERS VERSUS 2021
In 2021, the ladies’s 50 free had 130 qualifiers for Omaha, essentially the most of any occasion, which marked a big hole in comparison with the occasion with the bottom variety of qualifiers, which was the 1500 free at 42—a distinction of 88.
This yr, the distinction between the most-qualified-for-event and the least-qualified-for-event is nineteen.
|Occasion||Certified Swimmers In 2021||Certified Swimmers In 2024*||Distinction|
*By September 28, 2023
Thus far, 40 out of the 59 LSCs in USA Swimming are represented among the many Olympic Trials qualifiers on the feminine facet, with Southeastern Swimming and Indiana Swimming main the best way with 20 swimmers certified apiece.
Locations with massive professional teams and elite school groups (the place athletes signify their faculties, not their house membership) do typically have an outsized variety of swims versus swimmers. Southern California, for instance, checks this field. Extra elite swimmers usually tend to have extra qualifying occasions, so one clarification for these numbers is that “swimmers” reveals depth, whereas “swims” represents extra elite top-end expertise.
Not like the lads’s facet the place we solely noticed two swimmers with a number of prime occasions (and each solely had two), the ladies’s prime seeds are occupied by simply seven swimmers throughout 14 occasions, with Katie Ledecky main the cost with 4 and Regan Smith proudly owning three.
Kate Douglass (100 free, 200 IM) and Smith (100/200 again, 200 fly) are the one swimmers, male or feminine, to have the highest time throughout two totally different disciplines.
|50 Free||Abbey Weitzeil||24.00||2023 Phillips 66 Nationwide Championships||California Aquatics||PC|
|100 Free||Kate Douglass||52.57||2023 Phillips 66 Nationwide Championships||New York Athletic Membership||MR|
|200 Free||Katie Ledecky||1:54.96||2023 TYR Professional Swim Sequence Ft. Lauderdale||Gator Swim Membership||FL|
|400 Free||Katie Ledecky||3:58.73||2023 World Champs||Gator Swim Membership||FL|
|800 Free||Katie Ledecky||8:07.07||2023 Phillips 66 Nationwide Championships||Gator Swim Membership||FL|
|1500 Free||Katie Ledecky||15:26.27||2023 World Champs||Gator Swim Membership||FL|
|100 Again||Regan Smith||57.68||2023 World Champs||Solar Satan Swimming||AZ|
|200 Again||Regan Smith||2:03.80||2023 Phillips 66 Nationwide Championships||Solar Satan Swimming||AZ|
|100 Breast||Lilly King||1:04.75||2023 Phillips 66 Nationwide Championships||Indiana Swim Membership||IN|
|200 Breast||Lilly King||2:20.95||2023 Phillips 66 Nationwide Championships||Indiana Swim Membership||IN|
|100 Fly||Torri Huske||56.18||2023 Phillips 66 Nationwide Championships||Arlington Aquatic Membership||PV|
|200 Fly||Regan Smith||2:03.87||2023 AZ SUN Solar Satan Open||Solar Satan Swimming||AZ|
|200 IM||Kate Douglass||2:07.09||2023 Phillips 66 Nationwide Championships||New York Athletic Membership||MR|
|400 IM||Katie Grimes||4:31.41||2023 World Champs||Sandpipers Of Nevada||CA|
FULL LIST OF QUALIFIERS
The qualifying window for the Olympic Trials will shut on Could 30, 2024. The occasion will then happen from June 15-23 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.