SPRINGS, COLO. – USA Swimming, the national governing body
for the sport of swimming in the United States, in partnership with
the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and
the Omaha Sports Commission today announced a revised plan and
schedule for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming.
The Olympic Trials will be divided into two competitions, with Wave
I on June 4-7, 2021 and Wave II on June 13-20, 2021. Wave II will
continue to serve as the sole qualifier for pool swimmers on the
U.S. Olympic Team for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
the extraordinary events of the COVID-19 pandemic, USA Swimming
developed a revised plan to conduct Trials in a safer and healthier
environment for the competitors and everyone involved. As of
January 20, 2021, 1,305 (unique) athletes had qualified for the
Olympic Trials since the qualifying window opened on Nov. 28, 2018.
Given the current environment, and the need to address concerns
related to over-crowding in the athlete areas, warm-up pool and
athlete seating areas, the decision was made to divide the event
undertook a thorough and methodical evaluation of the Trials over
the last several months and factored in several critical
considerations in our decision,” USA Swimming Chief Operating
Officer Mike Unger said. “Our number one priority was to find
a way to host Trials in the safest possible environment while also
giving the athletes the best opportunity to succeed. While
selecting the Olympic Team for Tokyo is a critical goal for the
Trials, it is important to note that the experience gained at
Trials by some of the lower seeded athletes has historically
provided a great experience for future Olympic Trials (and Games),
which fueled our desire to host two events.”
President/Executive Director of the Omaha Sports Commission added:
"The Omaha Sports Commission is excited with the new, dual event
plan for Trials, which provides us with the opportunity to stage
not one, but two marquee events in the city of Omaha. We are
working closely with the CHI Health Center team and are committed
to delivering a safe and memorable experience for every athlete
coming to Omaha to chase their dreams and to compete for a spot on
the U.S. Olympic Team."
evaluation of the past five Olympic Trials (2000-2016) was
undertaken to review what seeds entering the Olympic Trials
previously qualified for the Olympic Team, and the Olympic Trials
finals. Given this and other data, USA Swimming will adjust the
current Trials time standard in each event to the current 41st
seeded time, and athletes who have met or bettered that time will
automatically advance to Wave II of the Trials.
adjusted Wave II time standards also factor in a possible modest
growth to 50-60 athletes per event in the four months leading into
the Olympic Trials, generating a final field of approximately 750
Wave II standard will take effect on January 28, 2021 and run
through the close of qualifying for the Olympic Trials on May 30,
2021. Athletes who have already achieved the revised time standard
do not have to requalify.
who qualify using the original time standards, but do not meet the
Wave II time standards prior to May 30, 2021, will be invited to
compete in Wave I of the Trials where they still swim for a chance
to advance to Wave II by finishing first or second in the finals of
their individual event.
Organizing Committee (OC) is working with USA Swimming National
Team physicians, along with the Douglas County Health Department,
CHI Health (which is providing medical services for the Trials),
the venue in Omaha and the USOPC in the development of the Trials
health and safety plans. The OC will also ensure that anti-COVID
measures are enforced and widely available throughout the
information regarding spectator access and tickets will be released
as soon as possible. For more information, visit: www.usaswimming.org/trials.
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