It’s the last day of US Olympic Trials, and Team USA is starting to take shape. Many veteran swimmers have been overtaken by young newbies who are ready to take on the world’s top swimmers in Tokyo. We have seen new American Records, tons of personal best times and some really close finishes. If this meet is any indication, we’re in for some amazing swimming at the Olympic Games!
Today’s program is a short one. There’s no morning session today — just an evening finals session! We round out a packed week of competition with the men’s and women’s 50 free finals, along with the men’s 1500 free final.
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Day 8 Finals Recap
Today’s finals lineup:
- Men’s 50 Freestyle Final
- Women’s 50 Freestyle Final
- Men’s 1500 Freestyle Final
Men’s 50 Freestyle Final
Caeleb Dressel tied the American Record, swimming a 21.04 to take first place and another spot in Tokyo! His time is also a new US Open record. Michael Andrew added a 3rd event to his Tokyo roster, touching the wall in 2nd with a 21.48. This finish makes Andrew the first US Olympian breaststroker to qualify in a non-medley event. Nathan Adrian narrowly missed out on the team, finishing 3rd in 21.73. View results from the men’s 50 free final >
Women’s 50 Free Final
After missing the 100 free final, Simone Manuel showed up for the 50. She edged out 2nd place finisher Abbey Weitzeil by just 0.01, taking first in 24.29. 18-year-old Torri Huske finished 3rd in 24.48. View results from the women’s 50 free final >
Men’s 1500 Free Final
Bobby Finke drank some of Katie Ledecky’s Kool-Aid tonight, taking the #1 spot (and swimming a personal best) in the men’s 1500 in a blazing 14:46.06, nearly 15 seconds ahead of the second place finisher, Michael Brinegar (15:00.87). Finke and Brinegar already qualified for Toyko in the 800 free. View results from the men’s 1500 free final >