Swim Poll of the Week: 57% in Favor of USA Swimming’s Two-Wave Approach to Olympic Swimming Trials

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This is the Swim Poll of the Week for Thursday, February 4, 2021, sponsored by Strechcordz Swim Training Products. In our last poll, we wanted to know: Do you agree with USA Swimming’s two-wave approach to the Olympic Swimming Trials?

The 2021 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials are going to look a bit different due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

USA Swimming is set to announce the meet will split into two events, splitting up the qualifiers into two tiers to keep less people at the venue at once because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wall Street Journal first reported and USA Swimming confirmed.

USA Swimming, in partnership with the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee and the Omaha Sports Commission, announced a revised plan and schedule.

The meet will be split into two “Waves” with Wave I from June 4-7 and Wave II from June 13-20, the same original dates of the meet, instead of having 1,700 swimmers in one place. Wave I will take place during the originally planned test event, the meet that is used to get the host’s feet wet in terms of hosting a swim meet.

Wave II will be the sole qualifier for the Olympic Team with time standards for that meet effective January 28 and will close off qualifying May 30. According to USA Swimming, athletes that have already achieved the Wave II time standards will not need to re-qualify between now and May 30. USA Swimming will adjust the Wave II standard to meet the current 41st seeded time.

As of January 20, 2021, 1305 athletes have qualified for US Olympic Swimming Trials. Here is a reminder of the time standards for the meet.

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Do you agree with USA Swimming’s Two-Wave Approach to the Olympic Trials?

Yes – 57%

No – 43%


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