U.S. Olympic Trials: The “Junior Olympic Team”

Cammile Adams places second in the 200 butterfly prelims.
Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Feature by David Rieder

OMAHA, Nebraska, July 3. OMAHA, Nebraska, June 29. AFTER eight days and nights, the Olympic Trials have come to a close. The team selected turned out to be very experienced, especially on the men’s side. On Friday, we shared the first part of our “Junior Olympic Team,” those who have shown potential enough to be included in the next batch of great American swimmers.

Our “Junior Olympic team” consists only of athletes with one or more years of college eligibility remaining. Certainly, such criteria cannot perfectly distinguish between veterans and inexperienced swimmers. For example, Allison Schmitt still has a year of NCAA eligibility left, while Chloe Sutton decided to go pro in December, 2009. Still, the distinction between professional and amateur remains the biggest in swimming.

For our Junior Olympic team, we considered only the last time an athlete swam. For places one through eight, that means their finals time. For ninth through 16th, their semi-final time and so on. The first number listed by each athlete represents their place in the amateur rankings, while the second number shows the place each actually finished.

Men’s 200 Breast
1. (7) Trevor Hoyt, 2:12.18
2. (8) Matt Elliott, 2:12.71

Women’s 200 Fly
1. (1) Cammile Adams, 2:06.52
2. (5) Caroline McElhany, 2:09.90

Men’s 100 Free
1. (12) Matt Ellis, 49.44
2. (21) Tom Shields/Dax Hill (tie), 49.96

Women’s 200 Breast
1. (2) Micah Lawrence, 2:23.03
2. (3) Andrea Kropp, 2:24.82

Men’s 200 Back
1. (4) Ryan Murphy, 1:57.39
2. (5) Jack Conger, 1:58.97

Men’s 200 IM
1. (4) Austin Surhoff, 1:59.58
2. (5) Chase Kalisz, 1:59.87

Women’s 100 Free
1. (2) Missy Franklin, 54.15
2. (3) Allison Schmitt, 54.30

Women’s 200 Back
1. (1) Missy Franklin, 2:06.12
2. (2) Elizabeth Beisel, 2:07.58

Men’s 100 Fly
1. (4) Tom Shields, 51.86
2. (6) Tim Phillips, 52.54

Women’s 800 Free
1. (1) Katie Ledecky, 8:19.78
2. (3) Haley Anderson, 8:26.60

Men’s 50 Free
1. (8) Jason Schnur, 22.53 (22.11sf)
2. (10) Shayne Fleming, 22.35

Women’s 50 Free
1. (6) Kait Flederbach, 25.13
2. (7) Margo Geer, 25.26

Men’s 1500 Free
1. (1) Andrew Gemmell, 14:52.19
2. (2) Connor Jaeger, 14:52.51

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