Swimming Preview
The Team USA roster for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, now scheduled to take place in 2021, will be decided at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, set for June 13-20, 2021, in Omaha, Nebraska. This event is widely regarded as one of the most competitive meets in all of swimming.

With a mix of established veterans – including many of the sport’s most decorated athletes – and talented breakout performers sure to establish themselves in Omaha, Team USA aims to shine against the world’s best swimmers in Tokyo.

After winning an Olympic gold medal in each of his three events at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, as well as setting a world and Olympic record, Ryan Murphy has earned veteran status heading into2021. The three-time Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) World Swimming Championships medalist in 2019 looks to repeat his success in Tokyo and continue to make his mark as one of the fastest backstrokers on the planet.

Murphy will be joined by Florida-native Caeleb Dressel, who broke Michael Phelps’ record by winning eight total medals at the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. Dressel, who set the new world record in the 100-meter butterfly last year, looks to earn his first individual Olympic gold medal in Tokyo. Fellow 2016 gold medalists Nathan Adrian, Blake Pieroni and Matt Grevers also return for another run at the podium in Tokyo.

On the women’s side, Katie Ledecky has been dominant since claiming the 800-meter freestyle gold medal in London, winning 18 world championships gold medals – including five at the 2017 event – and setting multiple world records in the 400, 800 and 1,500 freestyle events. Lilly King, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in 2016, has held two world records since 2017 and capped her senior year at Indiana University in 2019 with two NCAA championship titles. Also, back for another run at Olympic success is 2012 gold medalist Allison Schmitt.

Breakout performers ahead of the Tokyo Games include the likes of backstroker Regan Smith, breaststroker Annie Lazor and butterfly specialists Katie Drabot and Luca Urlando.

In open water events, the Team USA roster is set for Tokyo. Olympic silver medalist Haley Anderson, along with Ashley Twitchell and 2016 Olympian Jordan Wilimovsky, qualified for the Tokyo Games with their top-10 finishes at the 2019 FINA World Championships in Yeosu, South Korea.

Updated on July 17, 2020. For more information, contact the sport press officer here.

Chasing History: Olympian and triple world-record holder Katie Ledecky has her eyes set on her third Olympic appearance ahead of the Tokyo Games. With five Olympic gold medals to her name, Ledecky is three shy of joining Jenny Thompson (8) atop the list of female Olympic swimming gold medalists. Ledecky is the first swimmer since Janet Evans to hold the 400, 800 and 1,500 freestyle world records simultaneously.

New Talent: Eyes are sure to be on up-and-comers Regan Smith and Luca Urlando, who are gunning to make their first Olympic team. Smith, who is committed to Stanford, set the world record in the 100 and 200 backstroke events, capturing two gold medals along the way.. In June of 2019, teen butterfly sensation Urlando broke Michael Phelps’ national 17-18 age group butterfly record. He is now is now the third-fastest American in history in the 200 butterfly behind Phelps and Tyler Clary. Urlando closed his impressive 2019 season by becoming the national champion in the 200 butterfly and winning five gold medals at the 2019 FINA World Junior Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

With her sixth-place finish in the 10-kilometer open water race at the 2019 FINA World Championships, Ashley Twichell made her first Olympic team on her fourth attempt, becoming the oldest U.S. Olympic rookie swimmer since 1908 and the third-oldest U.S. Olympic female swimmer ever after Dara Torres and Jenny Thompson.

Eyes on 250: At 246 gold medals, the U.S. Olympic swim team is likely to notch its 250th gold medal in Tokyo. In 2016, the U.S. swim team recorded two gold medals (men's 4×100 freestyle relay and women's 400 freestyle) on the second day and two gold medals (men's 100 backstroke and women's 100 breaststroke) on the third day of swimming competition.

New Olympic Races; Three new races will be added to the Olympic swimming program in 2021: the women’s 1,500 free, the men’s 800 free and the 4x100 mixed medley relay. Ledecky currently holds the 1,500 world record, which she set at the TYR Pro Swim Series at Indianapolis in May 2018, while the U.S. team of Matt Grevers, Lilly King, Caeleb Dressel and Simone Manuel hold the 4x100 mixed medley relay record, set at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Maryland)

A five-time Olympic gold medalist, Ledecky has taken the world of swimming by storm. She is a world record holder in the 400, 800 and 1,500 freestyle, a 14-time world champion and NCAA champion. Ledecky is looking to build upon her already outstanding legacy at the Tokyo Games.

Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Florida)

Dressel is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, 15-time world champion, NCAA champion and the 2019 FINA Best Athlete of the Year. He will look to Tokyo to try and earn his first individual Olympic medal of his decorated career.

Ryan Murphy (Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida)

A three-time Olympic gold medalist and world champion, Murphy will surely be an athlete to watch prior to the Tokyo Games. He is also the world record holder in the 100 backstroke and a NCAA champion


Team USA will earn two spots per individual Olympic event, as well as one relay team per event, provided two athletes have met FINA’s “A” time standard during the qualification period from March 1, 2019, to June 27, 2021.

Open Water

Three athletes have qualified for the open water 10K race at the Tokyo Games, following top-10 finishes in the same event at the 2019 FINA World Championships: Haley Anderson (second) and Ashley Twichell (sixth) on the women’s side, and Jordan Wilimovsky (fifth) for the men. The U.S. cannot qualify any additional swimmers for the open water competition.


Pool swimmers will earn nominations to the U.S. Olympic Team at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, which run from June 13-20, 2021, in Omaha, Nebraska.

In the pool competition, swimmers who finish in the top four of the 100- and 200-meter freestyle events at trials, along with the first-place finishers in all the other events, are named to the team first.

A maximum of 26 men and 26 women can be named to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team, so provided all the spots have not been filled by the top-four finishers in the 100 and 200 free and the first-place finishers in the rest of the events, the second-place finishers in each of the other events will be added to the team in a priority order based on an integrated world ranking from 2019 and 2020.

If, after adding the second-place finishers from each of the other individual events, there is still room on the team, the fifth-place finishers from the 100 and 200 freestyle are added (using the same world ranking as listed above).

If, after adding the fifth-place finishers from the 100 and 200 freestyle, there is still room on the team, the sixth-place finishers from the 100 and 200 freestyle are added (using the same world ranking as listed above).

The third- through sixth-place finishers in the 100 and 200 freestyle will not swim the individual event but are considered for the 400 and 800 freestyle relays.

· Nov. 5-8, 2020: TYR Pro Swim Series (Richmond, Virginia)

· Nov. 12-15, 2020: TYR Pro Swim Series (Irvine, California)

· Dec. 2-5, 2020: Toyota U.S. Open (Atlanta, Georgia)

· Jan. 13-16, 2021: TYR Pro Swim Series (Knoxville, Tennessee)

· March 3-6, 2021: TYR Pro Swim Series (San Antonio, Texas)

· April 8-11, 2021: TYR Pro Swim Series (Mission Viejo, California)

· May 12-15, 2021: TYR Pro Swim Series (Indianapolis, Indiana)

· June 13-20, 2021: U.S. Olympic Team Trials (Omaha, Nebraska)

· July 25-Aug. 2, 2021: Olympic Games – pool (Tokyo)

· Aug. 5-6, 2021: Olympic Games – open water (Tokyo)