USA Swimming Releases Interesting Statistical Info About Olympic Trials

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USA Swimming Releases Interesting Statistical Info About Olympic Trials

USA Swimming is now less than a month shy of the start of the United States Olympic Trials, and the governing body has released some interesting statistics concerning the competition. As a reminder, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Olympic Trials have been split into two meets – Wave I (June 4-7) and Wave II (June 13-20).

The second wave features the fastest qualifiers, and the meet schedule will reflect the order of events for this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. The first- and second-place finishers in each event during Wave I competition will receive an invitation to the Wave II meet. Both waves, for the fourth consecutive quad, will be held at the CHI Health Center in Omaha.

According to USA Swimming, as of May 4, 1,425 athletes have qualified to race at Trials, with 828 swimmers slated for Wave I action and 597 swimmers due to race in Wave. In terms of age, 21-year-olds will be the most prevalent at Trials, as they account for 14.6 percent of the current field. A deeper look at the figures compiled by USA Swimming can be found here.

The top-two finishers in each event will individually qualify for the Tokyo Games, with the top-six finishers in the 100 and 200 freestyle events almost surely earning qualification for relay purposes.

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    Bill Peabody

    Don’t understand this two-wave thing. Are 2nd tier prelims Wave I such that Wave II will only consist of finals?

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