She might be right. After eight days of competition at trials in Omaha’s CHI Health Center, established stars like King and Katie Ledecky and a wave of teenagers who are sure to be future stars made the women’s team headed to Tokyo. Benefitting from the year’s postponement of the Olympic Games, when they had time to add strength and develop into more mature athletes, 11 teenagers made the team, a notable increase from 2016 when Ledecky, then 19, was the only teenager on the Olympic swim team. the women’s team also has 20 first-time Olympians, a slight increase from 2012 and 2016.
USA Swimming qualified a full quota of 26 women in the pool, plus two open water swimmers. Here’s a look at who they are.