How U.S. Olympic men’s swim team would look based on 2015 times


Now that the year’s biggest swim meets are finished, there’s an opportunity to compare times and rank the fastest U.S. men’s swimmers per event.

The top two swimmers per event make the U.S. Olympic team at the trials next June and July, plus likely the top six from the 100m and 200m freestyles for relays.

Before getting to the rankings, some notes:

  • Michael Phelps is the only U.S. man ranked No. 1 in the world in an event, for the second straight year. Phelps posted world-leading times in the 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly and 200m individual medley at the U.S. Championships over the weekend.
  • There’s reason to believe that both Phelps and Ryan Lochte could be top six in the U.S. in the 100m freestyle to make the 4x100m free relay. They just didn’t swim the 100m free at top meets this summer. Their best times from 2014 (48.45 for Phelps and 48.90 for Lochte) would rank second and fifth if added to this year’s list.
  • Phelps’ best 200m freestyle time since his return in April 2014 (1:48.20) would rank No. 12 in the U.S. this year, but he hasn’t contested the event at a top meet in 2014 or 2015.
  • Caeleb Dressel, who turns 19 on Sunday, is ranked No. 2 in the 50m and 100m freestyle behind Olympic 100m free champion Nathan Adrian. Dressel could become the youngest U.S. male swimmer to compete in an individual event at an Olympics since 2004.
  • Jordan Wilimovsky, who is second in the 1500m freestyle, already made the Olympic team in the open-water 10km. The Rio Olympic open-water race is the day after the 1500m free.

How U.S. Olympic women’s swim team would look based on 2015 times

Here are the rankings with world ranking in parentheses.

50m Freestyle
1. Nathan Adrian — 21.37 (2)
2. Caeleb Dressel — 21.53 (3)

3. Josh Schneider — 21.86 (7)
4. Cullen Jones — 21.87 (10)

100m Freestyle
1. Nathan Adrian — 48.31 (11)
2. Caeleb Dressel — 48.78 (31)
3. Michael Chadwick — 48.87 (36)
4. Jack Conger — 49.02 (43)
5. William Copeland — 49.09 (50)
6. Jimmy Feigen — 49.12 (53)

200m Freestyle
1. Ryan Lochte — 1:45.36 (3)
2. Conor Dwyer — 1:45.64 (15)
3. Maxime Rooney — 1:47.10 (22)
4. Zane Grothe — 1:47.11 (25)
5. Reed Malone — 1:47.15 (26)
6. Blake Pieroni — 1:47.30 (29)

400m Freestyle
1. Connor Jaeger — 3:44.81 (6)
2. Zane Grothe — 3:45.98 (9)

3. Michael McBroom — 3:46.69 (16)
4. Clark Smith — 3:47.10 (17)

1500m Freestyle
1. Connor Jaeger — 14:41.20 (2)
2. Jordan Wilimovsky — 14:57.05 (9)

3. Michael McBroom — 14:57.07 (10)
4. Andrew Gemmell — 15:09.92 (30)

100m Backstroke
1. Matt Grevers — 52.66 (3)
2. Ryan Murphy — 53.05 (7)

3. Nick Thoman — 53.20 (11)
4. David Plummer — 53.54 (16)

200m Backstroke
1. Ryan Murphy — 1:55.00 (5)
2. Tyler Clary — 1:56.26 (7)

3. Jacob Pebley — 1:56.29 (8)
4. Sean Lehane — 1:57.11 (14)

100m Breaststroke
1. Cody Miller — 59.51 (8)
2. Andrew Wilson — 59.65 (11)

3. Nic Fink — 1:00.05 (17)
4. Kevin Cordes — 1:00.27 (22)

200m Breaststroke
1. Kevin Cordes — 2:08.05 (3)
2. Josh Prenot — 2:08.90 (7)

3. Craig Benson — 2:09.68 (16)
4. Cody Miller — 2:09.71 (18)

100m Butterfly
1. Michael Phelps — 50.45 (1)
2. Tom Shields — 51.03 (5)

3. Jack Conger — 51.33 (8)
4. Matthew Josa — 51.68 (16)

200m Butterfly
1. Michael Phelps — 1:52.94 (1)
2. Jack Conger — 1:54.54 (8)

3. Tom Shields — 1:55.75 (16)
4. Tyler Clary — 1:55.86 (18)

200m Individual Medley
1. Michael Phelps — 1:54.75 (1)
2. Ryan Lochte — 1:55.81 (2)

3. Conor Dwyer — 1:57.96 (10)
4. Josh Prenot — 1:58.38 (15)

400m Individual Medley
1. Chase Kalisz — 4:10.05 (4)
2. Tyler Clary — 4:11.71 (5)

3. Jay Litherland — 4:12.43 (7)
4. Josh Prenot — 4:13.15 (10)

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Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz exit French Open, leaving no U.S. men

Frances Tiafoe French Open

Frances Tiafoe kept coming oh so close to extending his French Open match against Alexander Zverev: 12 times Saturday night, the American was two points from forcing things to a fifth set.

Yet the 12th-seeded Tiafoe never got closer than that.

Instead, the 22nd-seeded Zverev finished out his 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1, 7-6 (5) victory after more than 3 1/2 hours in Court Philippe Chatrier to reach the fourth round. With Tiafoe’s exit, none of the 16 men from the United States who were in the bracket at the start of the tournament are still in the field.

“I mean, for the majority of the match, I felt like I was in control,” said Tiafoe, a 25-year-old from Maryland who fell to 1-7 against Zverev.

“It’s just tough,” he said about a half-hour after his loss ended, rubbing his face with his hand. “I should be playing the fifth right now.”

Two other American men lost earlier Saturday: No. 9 seed Taylor Fritz and unseeded Marcos Giron.

No. 23 Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina beat Fritz 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5, and Nicolas Jarry of Chile eliminated Giron 6-2, 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-3.

There are three U.S women remaining: No. 6 Coco Gauff, Sloane Stephens and Bernarda Pera.

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It is the second year in a row that zero men from the United States will participate in the fourth round at Roland Garros. If nothing else, it stands as a symbolic step back for the group after what seemed to be a couple of breakthrough showings at the past two majors.

For Tiafoe, getting to the fourth round is never the goal.

“I want to win the trophy,” he said.

Remember: No American man has won any Grand Slam title since Andy Roddick at the 2003 U.S. Open. The French Open has been the least successful major in that stretch with no U.S. men reaching the quarterfinals since Andre Agassi in 2003.

But Tiafoe beat Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of the U.S. Open along the way to getting to the semifinals there last September, the first time in 16 years the host nation had a representative in the men’s final four at Flushing Meadows.

Then, at the Australian Open this January, Tommy Paul, Sebastian Korda and Ben Shelton became the first trio of Americans in the men’s quarterfinals in Melbourne since 2000. Paul made it a step beyond that, to the semifinals.

After that came this benchmark: 10 Americans were ranked in the ATP’s Top 50, something that last happened in June 1995.

On Saturday, after putting aside a whiffed over-the-shoulder volley — he leaned atop the net for a moment in disbelief — Tiafoe served for the fourth set at 5-3, but couldn’t seal the deal.

In that game, and the next, and later on, too, including at 5-all in the tiebreaker, he would come within two points of owning that set.

Each time, Zverev claimed the very next point. When Tiafoe sent a forehand wide to end it, Zverev let out two big yells. Then the two, who have been pals for about 15 years, met for a warm embrace at the net, and Zverev placed his hand atop Tiafoe’s head.

“He’s one of my best friends on tour,” said Zverev, a German who twice has reached the semifinals on the red clay of Paris, “but on the court, I’m trying to win.”

At the 2022 French Open, Zverev tore ligaments in his right ankle while playing Nadal in the semifinals and had to stop.

“It’s been definitely the hardest year of my life, that’s for sure,” Zverev said. “I love tennis more than anything in the world.”

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2023 French Open women’s singles draw, scores

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At the French Open, Iga Swiatek of Poland eyes a third title at Roland Garros and a fourth Grand Slam singles crown overall.

The tournament airs live on NBC Sports, Peacock and Tennis Channel through championship points in Paris.

Swiatek, the No. 1 seed from Poland, can join Serena Williams and Justine Henin as the lone women to win three or more French Opens since 2000.

Having turned 22 on Wednesday, she can become the youngest woman to win three French Opens since Monica Seles in 1992 and the youngest woman to win four Slams overall since Williams in 2002.

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But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.

She retired from her last pre-French Open match with a right thigh injury and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, is her top remaining challenger in Paris.

No. 3 Jessica Pegula, the highest-seeded American man or woman, was eliminated in the third round. No. 4 Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, who has three wins over Swiatek this year, withdrew before her third-round match due to illness.

No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, is the best hope to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seles won the 1996 Australian Open.

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