USA Swimming Olympic Trials Results: Wednesday Qualifiers

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Michael Phelps is headed to his fifth Olympic Games. (Getty)

UPDATE: You can click here for Thursday’s results and qualifiers

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