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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Caster Semenya allowed to race 800m at Pre Classic

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Caster Semenya has been switched from the 3000m to the 800m at next week’s Pre Classic, marking her first scheduled 800m since a Swiss Supreme Court ruling allowed her to race her Olympic gold-medal distance while she appeals a new IAAF testosterone rule.

“Caster’s representation requested that she be moved from the 3,000 meters (where she was originally entered) to the 800 meters, and we are happy to comply,” Prefontaine Classic meet director Tom Jordan said in a statement, confirming a Reuters report.

NBC Sports airs live Pre Classic coverage on June 30 from 4-6 p.m. ET.

Semenya, the two-time Olympic 800m champion, was originally entered in the 3000m because the rule bars her from races between 400m and the mile unless she takes testosterone-suppressing measures, under which she would be allowed to return to those distances late this year. Semenya refuses to take those measures.

A Swiss Supreme Court ruling two weeks ago lifted the restriction for Semenya — but not other athletes — while her appeal is pending. The IAAF has until Monday to respond to the court before a ruling could be made. A resolution could still be months away, with Semenya possibly able to race until that day comes.

Semenya has won 30 straight 800m races dating to 2015, including the Rio Olympics and 2017 World Championships. All three Rio Olympic 800m medalists have said they are affected by the new rule capping testosterone in women’s races between the 400m and mile.

That meant none raced at Diamond League stops in Stockholm and Rabat, Morocco, earlier this month. Last Sunday’s Rabat meet offered Semenya a late invite, more than a week after her restriction was lifted, but Semenya said it was too late for her to travel in time to race.

American record holder Ajeé Wilson won the Stockholm 800m without any of the Olympic medalists in the field.

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Geraint Thomas crashes out of Tour de France prep race

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BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas crashed in a cycling race, days after teammate Chris Froome was involved in a season-ending accident in France.

Team INEOS said Thomas should be fine to start the Tour de France on July 6 despite having to drop out of the fourth stage of the nine-day Tour de Suisse race in Switzerland.

“Clearly it’s frustrating and a small setback for my Tour de France preparations, but there’s still plenty of time before we start in Brussels in a few weeks’ time,” Thomas said, according to the team.

The team says on Twitter that Thomas “was alert and speaking to the team after the crash and will be taken to hospital for checks.”

Thomas had a ripped jersey and cuts on his back and shoulder after hitting the road with about 18 miles left in the stage. He was in eighth place, 28 seconds behind race leader Peter Sagan.

Thomas won the 2018 Tour after Froome won four times between 2013 and 2017.

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