USA Swimming Olympic Trials Results: Day 4
Eight more spots on the 2016 USA swimming team were secured on Wednesday night. Here’s a look at who’s going to Rio:
Women’s 200m Free
No surprise at the top here, as superstar Katie Ledecky, who originally started out as a distance swimmer, pulled away from the pack in the final 50 meters to qualify for her second individual event in two tries:
2012 star Missy Franklin had struggled thus far in her quest to return to the Olympics, and she didn’t even medal in this event in London, but she powered her way to an impressive second-place finish to qualify for the individual event, while Leah Smith (already qualified in the 400m Free) and Allison Schmitt, the 2012 Olympic champ in this event, will join the relay team.
Going to Rio: Katie Ledecky, Missy Franklin, Leah Smith, Allison Schmitt
Men’s 200m Fly
Michael Phelps, the most decorated swimmer of all-time, is headed to a record fifth Olympic Games after a dominant performance to win the 200m butterfly.
While Phelps’ win was certainly no surprise, not everyone was expecting Tom Shields to finish second. The 24-year-old finished eighth in this event at the 2015 World Championships and is considered stronger in the 100m butterfly. Alas, he’s headed to his first Olympic Games after coming up short in 2008 and 2012.
Going to Rio: Michael Phelps, Tom Shields
Women’s 200m IM
Maya DiRado will race two events in Rio. After qualifying in the 400m IM a couple days ago, the 23-year-old Stanford product put forth another impressive effort to win the 200m IM on Wednesday night.
The battle for the second spot came down to a photo finish, as 24-year-old Melanie Margalis lunged to touch the wall five one-hundredths of a second before Caitlin Leverenz, who took bronze in this event in London in 2012.
Going to Rio: Maya DiRado, Melanie Margalis
Updated USA Swimming Olympic Team 2016
Here’s a list of swimmers who have already qualified for Rio. You can click here to learn more about each individual swimmer.
Jordan Wilimovsky: 10K Open Water
Sean Ryan: 10K Open Water
Chase Kalisz: 400m IM
Jay Litherland: 400m IM
Connor Jaeger: 400m Free
Conor Dwyer: 400m Free*, 200m Free
Kevin Cordes: 100m Breast
Cody Miller: 100m Breast
Townley Haas: 200m Free
Jack Conger: 200m Free
Ryan Lochte: 200m Free
Ryan Murphy: 100m Back
David Plummer: 100m Back
Michael Phelps: 200m Fly
Tom Shields: 200m Fly
Haley Anderson: 10K Open Water
Maya DiRado: 400m IM, 200m IM
Elizabeth Beisel: 400m IM
Kelsi Worrell: 100m Fly
Dana Vollmer: 100m Fly
Katie Ledecky: 400m Free, 200m Free
Leah Smith: 400m Free, 200m Free
Olivia Smoliga: 100m Back
Kathleen Baker: 100m Back
Lilly King: 100m Breast
Katie Meili: 100m Breast
Missy Franklin: 200m Free
Allison Schmitt: 200m Free
Melanie Margalis: 200m IM