What does it mean to be an Olympic Trials Qualifier?




The 2016 USA Swimming Olympic Trials are now over.  We now know which swimmers will be representing TEAM USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics in RIO.  Click here to meet USA Swimming’s TEAM USA!




The USA Swimming Olympic Trials are said to be the “Super Bowl” of swimming.  What does it mean for swimmers who get the chance to swim with some of the world’s best?


  • The qualifying times in this year’s 2016 Olympic Trials were 1% faster than the cuts in 2012.
  • USA Swimming strives to set the cut times so that the total number of swimmers range between 1300-1400.
  • Qualifiers are in the top 0.5% of all USA Swimming year-around members (>337,000)
  • Some swimmers are there for the Olympic Trials experience while others are there with a serious shot at making the team. 


Performance Database Director Larry Herr says : “On average, those who are there to make the team are usually ranked in the top 16 to 24, and then the others are there for the experience.  Let me give you an example of a person who was there for the experience, and that was Missy Franklin in 2008. She swam three races – the 50 free, 100 free and 200 IM. Was 37th 39th and 41st in her three races, respectively, and it set her up to have a great 2012. She learned from the experience, Todd Schmitz, her coach, learned a great deal from the experience. It was both their first times to compete at Olympic Trials, and they were able to take that experience from 2008 and apply it for a great 2012.” – Excerpt from “Larry Herr Explains Rationale Behind Trials Cuts By Jim Rusnak/Director of Media Properties



Kingfish congratulates our 2016 Olympic Trials Qualifier Camden Murphy and Coach Brad Brockway for proudly representing our team at the 2016 Olympic Trials held in Omaha, Nebraska.  We cannot wait to see what is in store for you in 2020!  The 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan.


Camden places top 5 on SwimSwam's Top 20 NCAA Recruiting List.  Click-on the following link to access Camden's scouting report.