2020 Olympic Trials Cuts Released; All Times Faster Than 2016

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The wait is over. The 2020 Olympic Trials cuts have been announced via USA Swimming on Thursday at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention in Jacksonville, Florida. Olympian and NBC Commentator Rowdy Gaines, along with USA Swimming’s Mike Unger, were the hosts for the event in Florida.

Lindsay Mintenko, Managing Director of USA Swimming’s National Team, joined Gaines and Unger for the announcement of the freestyle events, while Matt Barbini joined for the announcement of the women’s stroke cuts.

The men’s stroke cuts were the last bunch to be announced by Gaines and Unger. Legendary coach Gregg Troy joined the duo for the announcement.

The 2020 Olympic Trials dates were recently announced as the meet will start June 21-28, 2020 in Omaha, Nebraska.

The 2020 Olympic Trials will see the debut of the men’s 800 and women’s 1500 freestyle events as they were added to the Olympic schedule for the first time by the IOC.

Each of the cut times announced were faster than the 2016 cuts, however, only 12 of the 26 previously contested events improved by more than one second. The most significant drop was the men’s 1500 free, which shifted from a 2016 qualifying time of 15:49.99 to a 15:44.89. On the women’s side, the women’s 400 IM saw the biggest drop with a new qualifying time of 4:51.79 over 2016’s 4:54.99.

EventMen (2016 cut)Women (2016 cut)
50 Free23.19 (23.29)25.99 (26.19)
100 Free50.49 (50.69)56.29 (56.49)
200 Free1:50.79 (1:51.89)2:01.69 (2:02.39)
400 Free3:57.29 (3:58.69)4:16.89 (4:17.99)
800 Free8:12.99 (N/A)8:48.09 (8:49.99)
1500 Free15:44.89 (15:49.99)16:49.19 (N/A)
100 Back56.59 (57.19)1:02.69 (1:03.39)
200 Back2:02.99 (2:03.79)2:14.69 (2:16.59)
100 Breast1:03.29 (1:03.69)1:10.99 (1:11.49)
200 Breast2:17.89 (2:18.39)2:33.29 (2:34.99)
100 Fly54.19 (54.79)1:00.69 (1:01.19)
200 Fly2:01.19 (2:01.99)2:14.59 (2:14.99)
200 IM2:04.09 (2:05.09)2:17.39 (2:18.69)
400 IM4:25.99 (4:27.49)4:51.79 (4:54.99)

There are 633 days until the 2020 Olympic Trials splash into Omaha, Nebraska, but the push for trials cuts begins with the 2018 Winter National Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina. The meet begins on November 28, 2018 and will be the first day that athletes can qualify for the 2020 Olympic Trials. The qualification period will close on the entry meet deadline for Olympic Trials.

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