As day 3 of US Olympic Trials kicks off, the competition is heating up. Team USA is starting to take shape, and we’re seeing some new faces dominating in the water. Keep an eye on this page throughout the day — we’ll be updating it with the latest results from prelims, semifinals and finals as they happen! Subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch our recaps live!
Day 3 Prelims Recap
Today’s prelims lineup:
- Women’s 200 Freestyle
- Men’s 200 Butterfly
- Women’s 200 IM
- Women’s 1500 Freestyle
Women’s 200 Freestyle Prelims
Leah Smith leads the pack after prelims with a 1:57.52. Katie Ledecky finished just 0.04 behind Smith, cruising to the finish. 2012 gold medalist Allison Schmitt is third in 1:57.84. Simone Manuel and Olivia Smoliga scratched the 200 to focus on other events. Check out the full prelims result for the women’s 200 free here >
Men’s 200 Butterfly Prelims
This is the first Olympics since 1996 that Team USA won’t have Michael Phelps swimming the 200 butterfly. Zach Harting is seeded first after prelims, throwing down an impressive 1:55.34, which is over 1 second faster than anyone swam in 2016 Olympic trials. Nicolas Albiero came in second with a 1:56.13, followed by Trenton Julian, who clocked in at 1:56.42.
Tom Shields, who made the Olympic team in 2016 alongside Phelps in the 200 fly, finished 13th. View prelims results for the men’s 200 butterfly >
Women’s 200 IM Prelims
19-year-old Kate Douglass is sitting at #1 heading into semifinals, with a time of 2:10.53. She’s followed by Madisyn Cox (2:10.64) and Melanie Margalis (2:11.33), who both failed to qualify for the final in the 400 IM, and are hoping for an Olympic berth in the 200. 100 fly American Record holder Torri Huske also made it to the semis in 8th place.
2016 Olympian Kathleen Baker finished 12th and will also race in semifinals, but is struggling with a foot injury that proved detrimental to her backstroke performance the night before. Can she pull out a spot in the 200 IM final? View the prelims results for the women’s 200 IM >
Women’s 1500 Freestyle
Katie Ledecky gave a solid performance in prelims, winning the event with a 15:43.10, about 13 seconds faster than 2nd place finisher Erica Sullivan (15:56.24). Sullivan beat 3rd place finisher Ashley Twichell (16:03.39) by 7 seconds! Twichell has already punched her ticket to Tokyo as part of Team USA’s open water squad.
Day 3 Finals Recap
Today’s finals lineup:
- Women’s 200 Freestyle Semifinal
- Men’s 200 Freestyle Final
- Women’s 100 Backstroke Final
- Men’s 100 Backstroke Final
- Women’s 100 Breaststroke Final
- Men’s 200 Butterfly Semifinal
- Women’s 200 IM Semifinal
Women’s 200 Freestyle Semifinal
To no surprise, Katie Ledecky crushed it in the 200 free semis, clocking a 1:58.83 to secure a spot in finals. Paige Madden is second, and hopes to qualify for another Olympic event after taking 2nd to Ledecky in the 400 free finals the day before. Allison Schmitt also qualifies for semis in a solid 4th place finish. Plus, 15-year-old Bella Sims (who’s competing in her first Trials!) makes finals with a 1:58.00 for 7th place. View the women’s 200 freestyle semifinals results here >
Men’s 200 Freestyle Final
In what proved to be a close race all around, Kieran Smith (1:45.29) and Townley Haas (1:45.66) went 1-2 in the 200 free final, securing spots to race the 200 free in Tokyo. Haas won this event in the 2016 Trials, and ended up tying his time from 2016!
In 3rd and 4th, Drew Kibler (1:45.92), Andrew Seliskar (1:46.34) also punched their tickets to Tokyo as relay swimmers. Zach Apple (1:46.45) and Patrick Callan (1:46.49) are alternates, taking 5th and 6th place. View full results for the men’s 200 free final >
Women’s 100 Backstroke Final
Regan Smith swam a speedy 58.35 to secure first place, and an emotional Olympic berth. Rhyan White wasn’t far behind, taking 2nd in 58.60 and out-touching 2016 Olympian Olivia Smoliga (58.72). Smoliga finished 6th in the 100 back final in Rio, and won a gold medal for the women’s 4×100 medley relay. View full results from the women’s 100 backstroke final >
Men’s 100 Backstroke Final
Ryan Murphy defended his title as backstroke powerhouse, taking the #1 spot in the men’s final with a time of 52.33. Hunter Armstrong joins Murphy on Team USA, coming in 2nd in 52.88. Matt Grevers failed to qualify for Tokyo, finishing 6th in 53.27. View the results from the men’s 100 back final >
Women’s 100 Breaststroke Final
Lilly King has done it again! She secured at spot on her second Olympic team with a time of 1:04.79. 17-year-old Lydia Jacoby took second in 1:05.28, becoming the first Olympic swimmer from the state of Alaska. View the results from the women’s 100 breaststroke final >
Men’s 200 Butterfly Semifinals
Zach Harting and Luca Urlando tied for first in 1:55.21. Trenton Julian started off strong, just 0.2 shy of world record pace at the 150, but Harting caught him on the last length. View the full results from the men’s 200 butterfly semifinals >
Women’s 200 IM Semifinals
Alex Walsh leads the pack going into finals, dropping a 2:08.87. She won the 200 IM at NCAAs this season, competing with the University of Virginia. Sitting in 4th and 5th, Madisyn Cox (2:10.22) and Melanie Margalis (2:11.25) are sure to put up a fight in finals tomorrow.
Kathleen Baker, still nursing a fractured foot, finished 11th, and will not swim in finals. View full results from women’s 200 IM semifinals >
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