114 American men and 133 American women have already qualified for the Olympic 2020 US Trials, as of the start of the 2019 Richmond Pro Swim Series meet. Olympic fans from all over the world are invited to book Olympic 2020 tickets from our online platform for Olympic Tickets. Olympic Swimming fans can book Olympic Swimming tickets from our ticketing marketplace exclusively on discounted prices.
In total that makes 247 qualifiers, which is down from the approximate 330 qualifiers for the 2016 Olympic Trials as of the same point in that qualifying cycle, April 9th, 2015.
This reduction is aligning with USA Swimming’s stated target of reducing the number of participants in the meet by 350 swimmers, though it’s still a surprising total given the intentional hurdles added to qualifying this year.
Whereas qualifying for the 2016 Olympic trials opened on July 30th, 2014, the first day of Junior Nationals; this year, the qualifying period didn’t open until late November the start of Winter Nationals. This move forces ‘recency’ upon qualifying times swimmers must have been of Olympic Trials quality within 18 months of the meet, not 24. That cuts a full summer taper cycle out of the qualifying period for the meet.
USA Swimming also drastically-toughened the qualifying standards for the meet, by a bigger leap than in prior years. But, as always seems to happen, swimmers have risen to the occasion and early returns have not fallen off nearly as much as expected, so far.
This list is based on times that were submitted to the USA Swimming SWIMS database as of April 8th, 2019. USA Swimming’s database, while generally listing swimmers that represent other nations internationally as ‘foreign,’ is not perfect in doing so. We’ve gone through and manually removed those from the list that we could identify, but if you see one that we missed, please let us know.
The tables are based on swimmers’ ages and official affiliations at the time of their best swim during the qualifying period. It’s possible that an athlete has changed clubs or become attached since their swim.