Swim Trials: Day 1 Preview

What to watch for on Sunday
Swim Trials: Day 1 Preview
Posted at 10:01 AM, Jun 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-26 11:01:07-04

Here's a few things to watch for on Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials


Schedule of events: 


Prelims – 10 a.m.
Men’s 400m IM
Women’s 100m Fly
Men’s 400m Free
Women’s 400m IM
Men’s 100m Breast


Finals - 6:45 p.m. start

Men’s 400 IM - Final

Women’s 100m Fly - Semifinals

Men’s 400m Free - Final

Women’s 400m IM - Final

Men’s 100m Breast - Semifinals


Lochte in action early


Ryan Lochte will be one of the first big names in action out of the gate, competing in the 400m IM prelims. He’s scheduled to swim in the fourth of the five “A flights”, which will start right at 10 A.M. Be in the seats by 10:15 for a chance to see him compete, and look for him in lane five.


Lochte owns the fourth fastest seed time in the event entering competition at 4:12:66, but should be one of the top contenders. Tyler Clary, another big name to watch this week, leads the field with a time of 4:09:03. Michael Phelps owns the world record in the event, but isn’t expected compete. 


Vollmer leads field in 100 M Fly


Four-time Olympic gold medalist and American record holder Dana Vollmer leads the field in the women’s 100m Fly. She’s also the defending Olympic champion in this event, and comes in with the top seed time at 56.94. 


A pair of 21-year olds, Kelsi Worrell and Kendyl Stewart, have turned in sub-58 second seed times, as has 18-year old Katie McLaughlin. 


Fans will have to be patient to see Vollmer in action in the prelims - she’ll swim in the final of 14 heats, and should hit the water just before 11:00 A.M. 


Ledecky to debut in 400m IM? 


Katie Ledecky was still on the fence about competing in the 400m IM as of two days ago, and if she is to drop an event from her program, this would be a likely candidate. Ledecky will swim plenty this week, having qualified in every freestyle event. 


The 400m IM field will be strong regardless of whether or not Ledecky competes. A pair of 21-year olds, Maya DiRado and Elizabeth Beisel, have both turned in seed times within a second of the American record.