Where Are the Olympic Trials for Swimming?

The U.S. Olympic Trials for swimming are underway in Omaha, Nebraska. Check out how to watch the event and find out where the next trials will be held.

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The Trials in Omaha

The Olympic Trials for swimming will be held in Omaha, Nebraska from June 26-July 3. Swimmers who have qualified for the Trials will compete in an eight-day competition to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.

When are the Trials?

The Trials in Omaha are a qualifier for the U.S. Olympic swim team. The top two finishers in each event at the Trials earn a spot on the team. The Trials are held every four years, in the year before the Summer Olympics. The next Trials will be held in Omaha, Nebraska, from June 13-July 1, 2020.

What is the format?

The swim trials are a grueling event. The competition is fierce, and only the best of the best will make it to the Olympics. The format of the trials is simple: each swimmer gets two chances to swim their best in each event, and the top 16 finishers in each event will move on to the semifinals. The top eight finishers in each semifinal will then move on to the final, where they will compete for a spot on the Olympic team.

How can I watch?

The best way to watch the Olympic Trials is on NBC, which will be broadcasting them live from Omaha. You can also stream them live on the NBC Sports app, or on NBCOlympics.com.

The Trials in Indianapolis

The swimming trials for the Olympics will be held in Indianapolis from June 13-20. The event will be at the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI.

When are the Trials?

The Trials will take place from Sunday, June 13 – Saturday, June 19.

What is the format?

The Olympic Trials are a meeting where athletes attempt to reach a qualifying standard set by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in order to compete in the Olympics. The Trials have been held for both the Summer and Winter Olympics since 1908. For swimming, the Trials have been held every four years since 1920, with the exception of 1928 and 1932 when there was no swimming event at the Olympics.

The swimming portion of the Trials has two parts: the preliminary rounds and the finals. In the preliminary rounds, also called “trials-in” or “time trials”, each swimmer is given a single chance to swim each event without being placed into heats. The only goal in these rounds is to achieve one of the 16 qualifying times for each event, which are set by USA Swimming. The top 16 qualifiers in each event then advance to the finals, where they are placed into heat races of eight swimmers each. The top two finishers in each heat plus the next two fastest times regardless of heat race finish qualify for the Olympic Team. In total, 48 American swimmers (24 men and 24 women) will earn spots on Team USA at these Trials.

How can I watch?

The Indianapolis Olympic Trials will be held June 13-20, 2021 at the IU Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI. The meet will be live on NBC, NBCSN, and the Olympic Channel.

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