USA Swimming released the initial psych sheet today for the 2016 Olympic Trials, which begin Sunday (June 26, 2016) in Omaha, Nebraska. We’ll be following up all day with observations and analysis, but you can start looking at the psych sheet for yourself by clicking the link below.
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Michael Phelps is entered in five events, including the 100 and 200 free, 100 and 200 fly and 200 IM. That doesn’t necessarily mean Phelps will swim all five events through prelims, semifinals and finals. Posting a quick time in the early rounds of either the 100 or 200 free could put Phelps into consideration for free relays at the Olympics, even if he does not swim the events through to finals.
Ryan Loche‘s name is listed six times, in the 100 and 200 free, 200 back, 100 fly, 200 and 400 IM. Whether Lochte will swim the 400 IM has been a hotly-debated topic over the past several months (and years) since he has not contested the event internationally since winning Olympic gold in 2012. Watch for Lochte, like Phelps, to only swim the 100 free in the early rounds as he aims for a spot on the 400 free relay in Rio, and it’s still to be seen if he does swim both the 200 back and 200 IM double like he’s done in prior Olympic Games.
On the women’s side, Missy Franklin has entered her signature 100 and 200 free and 100 and 200 back, as expected. Katie Ledecky does appear set to make a run at the 400 freestyle relay. The 19 year old is seeded fourth in the 100 freestyle, in addition to her top spots in the 200, 400, and 800 freestyles. She is also entered in the 400 IM (seeded fifth) and the 50 free (seeded 23rd).
NBC Olympics will present eight consecutive nights of swimming Trials action in primetime, including seven primetime telecasts on NBC. NBC and NBCSN’s 15.5 hours of coverage commences on Sunday, June 26, and runs through Sunday, July 3. Seven nights of live primetime coverage will air on NBC, with primetime coverage on Saturday, July 2, airing from 8-9 p.m. ET on NBCSN. NBCSN will also telecast daily qualifying heats.