2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials Cuts; All Times Faster Than 2012

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JACKSONVILLE, Florida, September 17. THE wait is over, and now the work begins. USA Swimming released the qualifying times for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials today, making the announcement for the first time via live webcast from the United States Aquatic Sports Convention.

Olympic gold medalist and NBC color commentator Rowdy Gaines served as the host of the webcast. He was joined by USA Swimming Assistant Executive Director Mike Unger through the entire webcast and a series of guests as well. USA Swimming National Team Director Frank Busch, former USA Swimming President Jim Wood, Olympic medalist Elizabeth Beisel and SwimMAC Carolina head coach David Marsh helped announce the standards.

July 30 — the opening day of the junior nationals — was the first day that swimmers’ times will be used to qualify them for Trials. All the qualifying times are faster than they were in 2012, marking the first time the cuts have made significant improvement across the board in more than a decade. Most times were just a few tenths faster, while 12 of the 26 events improved by a second or more.

Below are the Trials cuts in each event. The number in parentheses is the time difference between the 2016 Trials qualifying times and the 2012 qualifying times.

Following the list of the qualifying times are spreadsheets listing the swimmers who have qualified for the meet as of the July 30 start date.

2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials Cuts

EventMenWomen
50 free23.29 (-0.2)26.19 (-0.2)
100 free50.69 (-0.8)56.49 (-0.7)
200 free1:51.89 (-1.0)2:02.39 (-0.8)
400 free3:58.69 (-1.3)4:17.99 (-1.4)
800 free N/A8:49.99 (-0.5)
1500 free15:49.99 (-3.6)N/A
100 back57.19 (-0.4)1:03.39 (-0.6)
200 back2:03.79 (-1.2)2:16.59 (-1.4)
100 breast1:03.69 (-1.0)1:11.49 (-0.7)
200 breast2:18.39 (-2.4)2:34.99 (-1.0)
100 fly54.79 (-0.5)1:01.19 (-0.8)
200 fly2:01.99 (-2.0)2:14.99 (-1.5)
200 IM2:05.09 (-1.5)2:18.69 (-0.8)
400 IM4:27.49 (-3.0)4:54.99 (-0.9)

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2 Comments

2 comments

  1. Rick Thompson

    Think it is time that the 1500M Freestyle is offered to the ladies in Olympic Competition.

Author: Jeff Commings

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Jeff Commings is the Senior Writer for SwimmingWorld.com and Swimming World Magazine. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and was a nine-time NCAA All-American.

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