USA Olympic swimming trials 2021: TV schedule, live streams to watch Wave 2 qualifying for Tokyo

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It’s time to decide who will be heading to Tokyo with the USA swim caps. 

Following the conclusion of the Wave 1 of U.S. Olympic swimming trials on June 7, the top swimmers in the nation will compete against one another at the CHI Health Center Arena in Omaha, Nebraska, to fight for the few spots on the Olympic teams. 

The lineup of swimmers set to compete over the week’s long Wave 2 is stacked. Katie Ledecky, the five-time Olympic gold medalist and holder of three world records, is again competing in her distance free events, and Simone Manuel will return to the sprint free events after setting a new Olympic and American record in the 100 meter free in the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

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On the men’s side, Ryan Lochte will attempt to tie Michael Phelps for the most Olympic team qualifications. Two-time Olympic gold medalist and owner of three world records Caeleb Dressel will be among the many competitors vying for a spot on the Olympic team, as will three-time gold medalist Ryan Murphy, who holds the world record in the long-course 100-meter backstroke. 

With so much going on over the next week, Sporting News is breaking down how to watch each qualifying event, from preliminaries all the way through finals, below. 

How to watch USA Olympic swimming trials

  • TV channels: NBC, NBC Sports

NBC has the exclusive rights to all Olympic content in the U.S., and as such, they’ll be carrying the swimming trials from June 13-20. 

TV schedule

Each day, several preliminary races will be conducted in the morning with the qualifying heats for the finals being held during the morning each day at 11 a.m. and another round of semifinals held later during the day. The first round of preliminaries can be seen only on NBCOlympics.com, while the evening semifinals will be shown on NBC Sports Network.

The finals in each event set to air on NBC at 8 p.m. each night except Friday and Saturday, when they will be at 9 p.m., and on Thursday when there will be one finals round starting at 8 p.m. and another at 10 p.m.

Here’s how NBC is breaking down the schedule of the events each day. 

Sunday, June 13

Event Time Channel
Qualifying Heats 11 a.m. NBCOlympics.com
Qualifying Heats* 5:30 p.m. NBCSN
Finals 8 p.m. NBC

Monday, June 14

Event Time Channel
Qualifying Heats 11 a.m. NBCOlympics.com
Qualifying Heats* 6:30 p.m. NBCSN
Finals 8 p.m. NBC

Tuesday, June 15

Event Time Channel
Qualifying Heats 11 a.m. NBCOlympics.com
Qualifying Heats* 6:30 p.m. NBCSN
Finals 8 p.m. NBC

Wednesday, June 16

Event Time Channel
Qualifying Heats 11 a.m. NBCOlympics.com
Qualifying Heats* 6:30 p.m. NBCSN
Finals 8 p.m. NBC

Thursday, June 17

Event Time Channel
Qualifying Heats 11 a.m. NBCOlympics.com
Qualifying Heats* 6:30 p.m. NBCSN
Finals 8 p.m. NBCSN
Finals* 10 p.m. NBC

Friday, June 18

Event Time Channel
Qualifying Heats 11 a.m. NBCOlympics.com
Qualifying Heats* 6 p.m. NBCSN
Finals 9 p.m. NBC

Saturday, June 19

Event Time Channel
Qualifying Heats 11 a.m. NBCOlympics.com
Qualifying Heats* 6:30 p.m. NBCSN
Finals 9 p.m. NBC

Sunday, June 20

Event Time Channel
Finals 8 p.m. NBC

*Indicates delayed broadcast

Olympic trials swimming schedule 2021

Wave 2

Leading up to June 20, there will be preliminary events each day in the morning with the U.S. Olympic team working to narrow down the field to select its team. After a qualifying round, there will be semifinals for several events that start in the early evening and finals rounds that will be held as the last event of each day. 

On the final day of Wave 2, there will only be finals for the two 50 free events and the men’s 1500 free. 

Here’s a look at what events are going to be held each day. 

Sunday, June 13

Preliminaries Semifinals and Finals
Men’s 400 Individual Medley Men’s 400 Individual Medley (Final)
Women’s 100 Butterfly Women’s 100 Butterfly (Semifinal)
Men’s 400 Freestyle Men’s 400 Freestyle (Final)
Women’s 400 Individual Medley Women’s 400 Individual Medley (Final)
Men’s 100 Breaststroke Men’s 100 Breaststroke (Semifinal)

Monday, June 14

Preliminaries Semifinals and Finals
Women’s 100 Backstroke Women’s 100 Butterfly (Final)
Men’s 200 Freestyle Men’s 200 Freestyle (Semifinal)
Women’s 100 Breaststroke Women’s 100 Breaststroke (Semifinal)
Men’s 100 Backstroke Men’s 100 Breaststroke (Final)
Women’s 400 Freestyle Women’s 400 Freestyle (Final)
  Men’s 100 Backstroke (Semifinal)
  Women’s 100 Backstroke (Semifinal)

Tuesday, June 15

Preliminaries Semifinals and Finals
Women’s 200 Freestyle Women’s 200 Freestyle (Semifinal)
Men’s 200 Butterfly Men’s 200 Freestyle (Final)
Women’s 200 Individual Medley Women’s 100 Backstroke (Final)
Women’s 1500 Freestyle Men’s 100 Backstroke (Final)
  Women’s 100 Breaststroke (Final)
  Men’s 200 Butterfly (Semifinal)
  Women’s 200 Individual Medley (Semifinal)

Wednesday, June 16

Preliminaries Semifinals and Finals
Men’s 100 Freestyle Men’s 100 Freestyle (Semifinal)
Women’s 200 Butterfly Women’s 200 Freestyle (Final)
Men’s 200 Breaststroke Men’s 200 Butterfly (Final)
Men’s 800 Freestyle Women’s 200 Butterfly (Semifinal)
  Men’s 200 Breaststroke (Semifinal)
  Women’s 200 Individual Medley (Final)
  Women’s 1500 Freestyle (Final)

Thursday, June 17

Preliminaries Semifinals and Finals
Women’s 100 Freestyle Men’s 800 Freestyle (Final)
Men’s 200 Backstroke Men’s 200 Breaststroke (Final)
Women’s 200 Breaststroke Women’s 100 Freestyle (Semifinal)
Men’s 200 Individual Medley Men’s 200 Backstroke (Semifinal)
  Women’s 200 Butterfly (Final)
  Men’s 100 Freestyle (Final)
  Women’s 200 Breaststroke (Semifinal)
  Men’s 200 Individual Medley (Semifinal)

Friday, June 18

Preliminaries Semifinals and Finals
Women’s 800 Freestyle Women’s 200 Breaststroke (Final)
Men’s 100 Butterfly Men’s 200 Backstroke (Final)
Women’s 200 Backstroke Women’s 200 Backstroke (Semifinal)
  Men’s 200 Individual Medley (Final)
  Women’s 100 Freestyle (Final)
  Men’s 100 Butterfly (Semifinal)

Saturday, June 19

Preliminaries Semifinals and Finals
Men’s 50 Freestyle Men’s 100 Butterfly (Final)
Women’s 50 Freestyle Women’s 200 Backstroke (Final)
Men’s 1500 Freestyle Women’s 800 Freestyle (Final)
  Men’s 50 Freestyle (Semifinal)
  Women’s 50 Freestyle (Semifinal)

Sunday, June 20

Preliminaries Semifinals and Finals
  Men’s 50 Freestyle (Final)
  Women’s 50 Freestyle (Final)
  Men’s 1500 Freestyle (Final)

USA swimming live streams

All the swimming trials will be available to stream on Peacock, NBC’s streaming platform, as well as on fuboTV when the events will be aired on NBC or NBC Sports. NBCOlympics.com will carry some of the earlier qualifying events. 

Olympic swimming trials results 2021

The top two swimmers in each event will earn spots on the Olympic team, while the next four swimmers in both the 100 free and the 200 free will earn spots to swim on the Olympic relay units. 

The results will be updated below with the swimmers who qualify for the U.S. Olympic team. You can see the complete results for each event via USA Swimming.

Women’s

Event Olympic Qualifiers
50 Freestyle
100 Freestyle
200 Freestyle
400 Freestyle
800 Freestyle
1500 Freestyle
100 Backstroke
200 Backstroke
100 Breaststroke
200 Breaststroke
100 Butterfly
200 Butterfly
200 Individual Medley
400 Individual Medley Emma Weyant (4:33.81), Hali Flickinger (4:33.96)

Men’s

Event Olympic Qualifiers
50 Freestyle
100 Freestyle
200 Freestyle
400 Freestyle Kieran Smith (3:44.86)
800 Freestyle
1500 Freestyle
100 Backstroke
200 Backstroke
100 Breaststroke
200 Breaststroke
100 Butterfly
200 Butterfly
200 Individual Medley
400 Individual Medley Chase Kalisz (4:09.09), Jay Litherland (4:10.33)