U.S. Olympic Trials Pre-Scratch Psych Sheet Released; Road to Paris is a Gauntlet

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U.S. Olympic Trials Pre-Scratch Psych Sheet Released

Just over one week from the start of the U.S. Olympic Trials, USA Swimming has released the full pre-scratch psych sheet for the nine-day meet, set to be held inside Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Click here to view the psych sheet.

The stars of the U.S. team in previous Olympics and World Championships are all expected to race for spots on the team bound for the Games in Paris, France, with Katie Ledecky chasing her fourth Olympic team as the top-seeded swimmer in the 200, 400, 800 and 1500 freestyle. Ledecky has captured seven Olympic gold medals and 10 total medals in her illustrious career.

Caeleb Dressel, who won five golds at the Tokyo Games, is set to swim the 100 free, 100 butterfly and 50 free, and while he is not seeded close to the top in any of his events, the psych sheet is deceiving as Dressel has quickly worked his way back to top form following an extended hiatus from training.

On the men’s side, the only swimmers to hold the top qualifying time in multiple events are Olympic champions Ryan Murphy, seeded atop the field in the 100 and 200 backstroke, and Bobby Finke, ranked first and heavily favored in both the 800 and 1500 free. Murphy is also entered in the 100 fly while Finke is swimming the 400 free, although he has somewhat surprisingly dropped the 400 IM from his slate of races.

Carson Foster is ranked first in the 400 IM while also entering the 100, 200 and 400 free, 200 back, 200 fly and 400 free, although it is highly unlikely he races all seven events. Other recent World Championship men’s medalists heading the field in their main events are Nic Fink (100 breaststroke), Luke Hobson (200 free), Matt Fallon (200 breast), Jack Alexy (100 free) and Dare Rose (200 breast). As for more versatile swimmers, Michael Andrew is entered in the 100 breast, 200 IM, 100 fly and 50 free while Shaine Casas has the 100-meter races of back, free and fly plus the 200 IM.

For the women, Kate Douglass is set for a huge Trials as the top seed in the 100 free, 200 breast and 200 IM while also entering the 100 breast and 50 free, dropping the 100 fly from her slate. Douglass will likely have to choose between the 200 IM and 50 free for her final event of the meet, a tough decision considering she is the two-time world champion in the medley and the American-record holder in the splash-and-dash.

Regan Smith holds the top mark in both backstroke events plus the 200 fly, and she is also entered in the 100 fly, a potentially tremendous race even without Douglass as it features 2022 world champion Torri Huske plus sprint standouts Gretchen Walsh and Claire Curzan. Curzan is skipping the freestyle races to focus on the 100 fly and the backstroke races while Huske is entered in the 50 and 100 free plus the 200 IM in addition to the 100 fly. Walsh, the fastest swimmer ever in the 100-yard back, is skipping the long course version of that race to focus on the 100 fly and sprint freestyle.

One swimmer has opted out of an event in which she made the World Championship final last year, but the news was expected: Alex Walsh will not swim the 400 IM, as she had previously announced, choosing instead to focus on the breaststroke events alongside her signature 200 IM. Meanwhile, breaststroke star Lilly King will hope for a huge performance in front of fans in her home state as she leads the way in the 100 breast.

Speaking of the two-lap breaststroke race, there is a surprise in the psych sheet with Kaitlyn Dobler not entered in the meet. Dobler has missed making the U.S. World Championship team in the event by one spot each of the last two years, and she is a past NCAA champion in the 100-yard breast.

Swimming World has already begun an extensive preview series for the meet, with the important info for the first three days of the meet linked below:

The top-seeded swimmers in each event are posted below, with events listed by the date of the final:

Saturday, June 15

  • Men’s 400 Freestyle: David Johnston
  • Women’s 400 Freestyle: Katie Ledecky

Sunday, June 16

  • Men’s 400 IM: Carson Foster
  • Women’s 100 Butterfly: Torri Huske
  • Men’s 100 Breaststroke: Nic Fink

Monday, June 17

  • Women’s 400 IM: Katie Grimes
  • Men’s 200 Freestyle: Luke Hobson
  • Men’s 100 Backstroke: Ryan Murphy
  • Women’s 100 Breaststroke: Lilly King
  • Women’s 200 Freestyle: Katie Ledecky

Tuesday, June 18

  • Women’s 100 Backstroke: Regan Smith
  • Men’s 800 Freestyle: Bobby Finke

Wednesday, June 19

  • Women’s 100 Freestyle: Kate Douglass
  • Men’s 200 Butterfly: Thomas Heilman
  • Women’s 1500 Freestyle: Katie Ledecky
  • Men’s 200 Breaststroke: Matt Fallon
  • Men’s 100 Freestyle: Jack Alexy

Thursday, June 20

  • Women’s 200 Butterfly: Regan Smith
  • Men’s 200 Backstroke: Ryan Murphy
  • Women’s 200 Breaststroke: Kate Douglass

Friday, June 21

  • Men’s 50 Freestyle: Ryan Held
  • Women’s 200 Backstroke: Regan Smith
  • Men’s 200 IM: Shaine Casas

Saturday, June 22

  • Men’s 100 Butterfly: Dare Rose
  • Women’s 200 IM: Kate Douglass
  • Women’s 800 Freestyle: Katie Ledecky

Sunday, June 23

  • Women’s 50 Freestyle: Kate Douglass
  • Men’s 1500 Freestyle: Bobby Finke
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1 month ago

I’m sorry, but the fact that US Swimming uses the Trials as its huge money maker is shameful.
In some events the cutoffs are so low (by comparison) that over ninety swimmers qualify. And except for free relays, only TWO will make it to Paris.
Sure, you can argue that “it is a great experience” and “in another four years, they will be more prepared for the Trials experience” but neither statement is less disgraceful.
The swimmers will have to pay their way to Indianapolis, with parents in tow as spectators– and tickets that BEGIN at $35 per session. Who pays for Airfare, hotels, meals, etc.? Not US Swimming!
Just today online I read an article about a female breaststroker who took 13 time trials just to achieve the minimum time standard in the 100 breast. Never mind that her best time is slower than 80+ others, and more than six seconds behind the top seed. Does anyone really think she’ll make the team?
But US Swimming has 32,000 seats to fill and needs athletes and their families for “a once in a lifetime experience.” BS.

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