Olympic Trials: What You Need to Know

Greeting from Omaha!

Today marks the beginning of the United States Swimming Olympic Team Trials. This is the fastest swim meet in the world (yes, even faster than the Olympics)! Two swimmers from each event (along with 4-6 in the 100 and 200 freestyles for relays) will be named to the Olympic Team over the course of the next week. This year's Team is sure to be a mix of veterans with multiple Olympic Team selections under their belts to first timers and (as history has showed us) some significant surprises. It is sure to be a fun week with some fantastic swimming.  Please make every effort to give your swimmers the opportunity to watch the meet. This only happens once every four years and the media attention on our sport is never greater than it is in an Olympic summer. 

We have two swimmers competing this week: Delaney Walz (200 butterfly) and Brendan McHugh (100 & 200 breaststroke). The prelims and semi-finals of the 100 breaststroke take place today (finals tomorrow night) while the prelims and semi-finals of the 200 breaststroke and 200 butterfly take place on Wednesday (finals Thursday night).

Please note, the only live coverage on NBC will be an hour each evening. They will be showing select preliminary heats on tape delay on the NBC Sports Network each night before finals are broadcast. But, if you want to watch ALL of the races, the only place to do that is the NBC Sports app, which can be downloaded from the Google Play or Apple App Store. This can be downloaded to a phone, tablet, or computer. VERY IMPORTANT: the semi-final heats of the 100 breast tonight and the 200 breast and 200 fly Wednesday night will take place AFTER NBC goes off air, so the only place to watch those races is through the NBC Sports App. Be sure to download this now and that your computer is ready to go when those races begin. 

Finally, if you are watching (especially if you are at a viewing party with teammates) take pictures and video. Send them to us via Twitter, post them on our team Facebook page,more email them to me. We want to see LOTS of pictures from GPAC swimmers watching Trials!