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

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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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U.S. Olympic 3×3 basketball qualifying teams named with former NBA player, WNBA stars

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Former NBA player Robbie Hummel and WNBA stars lead U.S. Olympic qualifying teams in the new Olympic event of 3×3 basketball.

The four-man and four-woman teams will compete in a global qualifier in India in March, each favored to grab one of three available Olympic berths per gender for the U.S.

Hummel, who unretired to become world champion in 3×3, is joined on the U.S. Olympic men’s qualifying team by Team Princeton teammates Canyon Barry and Kareem Maddox, plus Dominique Jones, who has played with Team Harlem. Team Princeton is guided by an investment firm CEO who once beat Michael Jordan one-on-one.

Last year, Hummel, Maddox and Barry (one of Rick Barry‘s sons) were part of a team that won the world title.

The U.S. women’s 3×3 qualifying roster is made up of WNBA stars Napheesa Collier, Stefanie DolsonAllisha Gray and Kelsey Plum. The U.S.’ top-ranked 3×3 player, as of last month, is Oregon star Sabrina Ionescu, who can’t play internationally this spring as she is in the thick of the NCAA season.

Olympic teams will not necessarily be made up of players from the qualifying tournament.

If the U.S. qualifies for Tokyo, it will then choose its roster(s) in a similar fashion to its traditional basketball teams — via selection committee. It’s unlikely active NBA players will be eligible.

Like with the qualifying tournament, two of the four Olympic players must be ranked in the top 10 among Americans in FIBA 3×3 rankings (as of a May 22 cutoff).

In 3×3, games last 10 minutes, or until one team reaches 21 points. Games are played on a half-court with a 12-second shot clock, and offense immediately turns to defense after a team scores.

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First U.S. sailors qualify for Olympics; gold medalist misses on tiebreak

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The first five members of the U.S. Olympic sailing team were finalized this past weekend. The last American sailor to win an Olympic title missed on a tiebreaker.

Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea (49er FX), Anna Weis and Riley Gibbs (Nacra 17) and Charlie Buckingham (Laser) qualified after world championships competition concluded in Australia. The U.S. Olympic roster across all sports is now at 43 qualified athletes.

The closest race for a U.S. Olympic spot came in 49er FX. Roble and Shea edged Paris Henken and 2008 Olympic champion Anna Tobias on a tiebreak. Roble and Shea, both first-time Olympic qualifiers, won Saturday’s medal race and earned an overall bronze medal.

That put the two U.S. duos in a tie in Olympic qualifying — combining placements from the 2019 and 2020 Championships, according to TeamUSA.org. The tiebreak went to Roble and Shea for having the better finish at this year’s worlds.

Tobias, a 37-year-old who won the individual 2008 Olympic Laser Radial as Anna Tunnicliffe, came out of retirement in a bid for a third Olympics. She left competitive sailing in 2014, took up CrossFit competitions and returned to crew for Henken more than two years ago.

“We are very sad and upset,” was posted on Tobias’ Instagram, “but we wish them [Roble and Shea] the best of luck.”

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