2024 US Olympic Trials: Day 2 preview

2024 US Olympic Trials

Introductory heat sheet for the second day

Good morning to all of you early risers. It’s day two of the 2024 US Olympic Trials. After an exciting start yesterday morning, this morning is bound to bring the same energy and enthusiasm. However, with this enthusiasm, there is a small undercurrent of desperation that ebbs and flows.

While there are still eight days of events remaining, with the 400 free copies finished and dusted, the importance of the 200 free copies has increased dramatically. With the men’s and women’s 200 meters race being held this morning, everyone will face a stumbling block.

The 200 free spots provide six potential roster spots, but this is a double-edged sword, as with more opportunities, there are more potential candidates. Given the importance of having a good run in tonight’s final, let’s take a look at the action.

Luke Hobson He leads the entries with a time of 1:44.87, which he swam in the semifinals at the 2023 World Championships. After Hobson, the field was tight with Kieran Smith, Drew Keibler, Jake MitchellAnd Aaron Shackle Everyone knocks on the door. Shaquille and Smith should feel buoyed by their performance last night in the 400m and may feel free to let them go now that they have made the team.

The women’s 200 free sees many of the same names as the women’s 400 free. Katie Ledecky He leads the pack with a base time of 1:54.96 but is not in the clear Claire Weinstein, Bella SimsAnd Erin Gemmell It is also inserted below 1:56. The 200m is a tale of two cities, with Sims and Weinstein looking to improve on their disappointing swims from yesterday. Both added nine seconds and will look to rebound this morning. They both have other events besides this, but with six roster spots up for grabs, this might be their best chance. After winning the 400m last night, splitting 1 minute, 57.18 seconds in the 200m, Ledecky should be the favorite to advance, but questions are about how long she plans to stay in the event.

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We will see 400 IM for men Chase Kalish And Jay Litherland They are looking to defend their gold and silver medals at the Tokyo 2021 Games. The two will have to compete for the top seeds Carson Foster, but. Foster, a 2023 World Championships silver medalist, will be looking to make his first Olympic team after a failed 2021. Foster did not appear in the 400 free this morning and is currently scheduled to run one of the races. Dirtier than doublesthe 200m free in the 400m free, but we’ll have to wait until the temperatures start to warm up to see if he swims both.

Homeland hero Lily King She had her first race in the big pool this morning. In the pre-meet press conference, King was quoted as saying that this would be her last Olympic experience. You can read more about that discussion here. King, the American record holder, will have to compete with the Olympic gold medalist, Lydia Jacoby. The Alaska native, who is now training out of Texas, is the No. 2 seed and will be looking to compete in her second straight Olympics. Seed number five Kate Douglaswill no longer enter the Women’s 100 Breast, opting to save her energy for her busy schedule later in the meet.

Quite yet Lily King She had her first swim, and another American record holder would make her debut, as Ryan Murphy Take on the 100 backstroke. Murphy is a four-time Olympic gold medalist and is a defending bronze medalist. Some of Murphy’s biggest competition will come from training partners Hunter Armstrong And Destin Lasko. Justin Reese Armstrong and Lasko split the entries and will look to improve on his fifth-place finish in 2021 behind Murphy and Armstrong.

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