Looking for a Golden Moment

Katie Ledecky of the United States is far ahead of the competition during the Women’s 400m Freestyle Final at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Aug. 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ledecky shattered her own world record, finishing nearly 5 seconds ahead of the silver medalist.

The roster is set for USA Swimming. The trials are officially over and we know whose in, and whose out. Here are the rosters from Swimming World Magazine.

Men’s Team

  1. Hunter Armstrong
  2. Bowe Becker
  3. Gunnar Bentz
  4. Michael Brinegar
  5. Patrick Callan
  6. Brooks Curry
  7. Caeleb Dressel
  8. Nic Fink
  9. Bobby Finke
  10. Townley Haas
  11. Zach Harting
  12. Chase Kalisz
  13. Drew Kibler
  14. Jay Litherland
  15. Bryce Mefford
  16. Jake Mitchell
  17. Ryan Murphy
  18. Blake Pieroni
  19. Andrew Seliskar
  20. Tom Shields
  21. Kieran Smith
  22. Jordan Wilimovsky
  23. Andrew Wilson

Women’s Team

  1. Haley Anderson
  2. Phoebe Bacon
  3. Erika Brown
  4. Claire Curzan
  5. Catie DeLoof
  6. Kate Douglass
  7. Hali Flickinger
  8. Brooke Forde
  9. Katie Grimes
  10. Natalie Hinds
  11. Torri Huske
  12. Lydia Jacoby
  13. Lilly King
  14. Annie Lazor
  15. Katie Ledecky
  16. Paige Madden
  17. Simone Manuel
  18. Katie McLaughlin
  19. Allison Schmitt
  20. Bella Sims
  21. Regan Smith
  22. Olivia Smoliga
  23. Erica Sullivan
  24. Ashley Twichell
  25. Alex Walsh
  26. Abbey Weitzeil
  27. Emma Weyant
  28. Rhyan White

Big names off the list

This years roster will be without some heavy hitters that have become household names. Ryan Lochte and Nathan Adrian failed to make the cut. Michael Phelps and Cullen Jones have retired. To round things out, Matt Grevers and Anthony Ervin will not be traveling to Tokyo. This marks the end of an era.

On a lesser note, Josh Pernot also missed on making the team. The former Olympic trials champion, and Rio silver medalist in the 200 meter breaststroke hinted that his career may be over. On the women’s side, Missy Franklin announced her retirement in December 2018. There was some speculation that she may give it one more try, but she denied those reports in 2020.

Looking at the present

The most notable name on the men’s roster is Caleb Dressel. Dressel won gold medals with the 4×100 freestyle relay team and the 4×100 medley relay team in Rio. Katie Ledecky, Lilly King, and Simone Manuel are the big names on the women’s roster. Manuel rose to stardom in Rio and just barely made the 2021 roster. She won gold medals in the 100 meter freestyle and the 4×100 meter medley, along with two silvers in the 4×100 meter freestyle relay and the 50 m freestyle.

King became famous for the infamous finger wag directed towards Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova. Efimova had had a history of doping and held up one finger after winning a race. After that, King beat Efimova to win gold and countered with holding up one finger when Efimova finished second. They will look to renew the rivalry in Tokyo. King won gold medals in the 100 meter breaststroke and the 4×100 meter medley.

At this point, Ledecky has become a machine in tackling multiple events and dominating them. She is considered the best overall swimmer on the US roster for the games. In London, she won the gold in the 800 meter freestyle. In Rio, she won gold in the 200 meter, 400 meter, and 800 meter freestyle. She also won gold in the 4×200 meter freestyle, and silver in the 4×100 meter freestyle. There will be a lot of new faces this year who will look to make an impact and create their own legacy.

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