By Reach for the Wall Staff
Friday, April 10, 2020– In a release posted today by USA Swimming and reported by several national outlets, the new dates for Olympic Trials are set:
“Following unprecedented events around the globe, including the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and many of the associated qualifying competitions, USA Swimming today announced that it has rescheduled its 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming to June 13-20, 2021 at the CHI Health Center Omaha, in Omaha, Nebraska.”
So there it is- the new target date for athletes and coaches to begin planning their training cycles. Of course the training cycles will be different than in the past and every swimmer will have a different ‘starting point’. Out of the water fitness will be key until it is safe enough to re-open aquatic facilities and group ‘in water’ practices.
USA Swimming also addressed the situation for spectators:
“Ticket purchasers will have two options for the 2021 Olympic Trials event:
- re-issuance of new tickets in the same seats for the same session(s)
- ticket refunds within six months of the rescheduling announcement via the original point of purchase
Remaining tickets can be purchased through any Ticketmaster outlet nationwide or online at ticketmaster.com/swimtrials20, as well as at the CHI Health Center Omaha box office.”
Last, they provided a check-in on athletes that have already made the qualifying times:
“As of April 10, 2020, 1,213 athletes have qualified to compete at the Olympic Trials. Pending health and regulatory approvals, these successful trials cuts will be accepted for the 2021 event. New Trials qualifying standards will be released ahead of the official return to competition across the U.S.”
Back in January, USA Swimming compiled the list of ‘Top 100 Under 18′ . Per their release, “The 18 & Under World 100 is a ranking of the best 18 & Under swimmers in the U.S., according to their 18 & Under, Age-Defined World Ranking according to USA Swimming. The goal of the program is to acknowledge the excellence achieved by our best 18 & Under athletes, their coaches who lead them and their clubs who support them. The athlete must be a registered USA Swimming member at the time of the qualifying performance and must be eligible to represent the U.S. in International competition as of September 1, 2018. The athlete must be 18 or under on September 1, 2018 (born on, or after, September 2, 1999).“
For reference, here’s the list:
USA Swimming made it a bit difficult to find swimmers according to their LSC’s- how many from PVS made it? On the girls list we found more than 10, but less than 20. On the Boys it is more than 5 but less than 12. Let us know how many you see!