U.S. Swimming Trials Underway

U.S. Swimming Trials Underway
FILE – In this July 1, 2016, file photo, Elizabeth Beisel, left, and Missy Franklin start the women’s 200-meter backstroke semifinal at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Neb. The U.S. Olympic swimming trials will be split into two meets, a radical change that is designed to provide safer conditions in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. USA Swimming announced Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, that a Wave I meet, comprised of lower-ranked swimmers qualifying for the trials, will be held on June 4-7. The top finishers will advance to the main Wave II meet on June 13-20 to determine who represents the U.S at the Tokyo Games. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Although Katie Ledecky took the lead in the U.S. Swimming trials 400-meter, her time was disappointing; it wasn’t as fast as expected. This heightens the stake for 20-year-old Ariarne Titmus also known as “The Terminator.”

Ledecky’s winning time of 4.1.27 was far off her world record of 3:56.46, which she set almost five years ago at the Rio Olympics.

“Very much a blur,” Ledecky said. “I thought I could go a little faster than that, so I’m a little surprised. But I’ll take it for now.”

Ariarne Titmus won the 400 free at the Australian trials on Sunday with the second-fastest performance in history — 3:56.90. Said Titmus in response to LeDecky’s trial victory, she is “not going to have it all her own way. I can’t control what she does, (but) if I do the best I can and put myself in the position to win a gold medal, it’s going to be a tough race.”

New faces cropped up for participation in the Olympics in Tokyo: Teenager Torri Huske captured the women’s 100 butterfly; Michael Andrew won the men’s 100 breaststroke; 16-year-old Claire Curzan of Cary, North Carolina, took the expected second spot on the Olympic team at 56.43; Andrew Wilson was second and is expected to make the Olympic team.

Former world record-holder Regan Smith led the semis of the women’s 100 back in 57.92, while Kieran Smith set himself up to make the Olympic team in a second event by leading the 200 free in 1:45.74.
– BCNN1 Staff

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