U.S. men’s swimming rankings going into world championships trials

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The most impressive U.S. male swimmer in 2022 paid no attention to the Olympics in 2021.

Shaine Casas, a 22-year-old Texan, missed the Tokyo team by one spot at trials and then avoided watching the Games. He didn’t want to relive what he called the biggest failure of his life.

Casas has been nothing but successful since, ranking Nos. 1 or 2 domestically in five different events so far in 2022.

He may just be the U.S.’ best male all-around swimmer going into the world championships trials from April 26-30 in Greensboro, N.C., where the top per individual event are in line to make the team for Budapest.

The king of U.S. swimming remains Caeleb Dressel, who closed out the last pre-trials Pro Series meet with his first victory on the circuit since winning five gold medals in Tokyo.

Dressel doesn’t have the fastest time this year among Americans in any of his events, but it’s little worry as he’s known for huge time drops at major meets.

Elsewhere, the usual suspects are looking strong in the backstroke (Ryan Murphy), breaststroke (Michael Andrew and Nic Fink) and individual medley (Chase Kalisz).

A notable absence is surprise Olympic 800m and 1500m freestyle champion Bobby Finke, who hasn’t raced a meet in an Olympic-size pool this year while focusing on his last NCAA season at the University of Florida.

MORE: U.S. women’s swimming rankings

2022 U.S. Men’s Swimming Rankings (based on USA Swimming and FINA database times)
50m Freestyle

1. Michael Andrew — 21.73
2. Caeleb Dressel — 21.86
3. David Curtiss — 21.93
4. Drew Kibler — 22.27
5. Ryan Held — 22.29

100m Freestyle
1. Justin Ress — 49.12
2. Shaine Casas — 49.29

3. Maxime Rooney — 49.37
4. Ryan Held — 49.40
5. Drew Kibler — 49.46

200m Freestyle
1. Drew Kibler — 1:47.61
2. Trenton Julian — 1:48.45
3. Jake Mitchell — 1:48.63
3. Michael Cotter — 1:48.63
5. Wyatt Davis — 1:48.83

400m Freestyle
1. Jake Mitchell — 3:51.12
2. Grant Shoults — 3:51.51
3. Charlie Clark — 3:52.08
4. Alec Enyeart — 3:53.47
3. Michael Cotter — 3:53.70

800m Freestyle
1. Charlie Clark — 7:55.45
2. Alec Enyeart — 8:00.82

3. Liam Custer — 8:06.79
4. Matthew Chai — 8:07.22
5. Mikey Calvillo — 8:07.64

1500m Freestyle
1. Charlie Clark — 15:06.92
2. Alec Enyeart — 15:19.17

3. Bobby Dinunzio — 15:30.94
4. Joey Tepper — 15:31.33
5. Matthew Chai — 15:32.34

100m Backstroke
1. Ryan Murphy — 53.03
2. Shaine Casas — 53.28
3. Daniel Diehl — 53.59
4. Wyatt Davis — 54.31
5. Coleman Stewart — 54.43

200m Backstroke
1. Ryan Murphy — 1:56.78
2. Shaine Casas — 1:58.09
3. Wyatt Davis — 1:59.38
4. Sam Stewart — 2:00.30
5. Kai Van Westering — 2:00.70

100m Breaststroke
1. Michael Andrew — 59.03
2. Nic Fink — 59.32
3. Kevin Houseman — 1:00.05
4. Cody Miller — 1:00.95
5. Will Licon — 1:01.13

200m Breaststroke
1. Nic Fink — 2:11.67
2. Will Licon — 2:11.75

3. Chase Kalisz — 2:12.47
4. Brandon Fischer — 2:14.22
5. Charlie Swanson — 2:14.48

100m Butterfly
1. Shaine Casas — 51.09
2. Michael Andrew — 51.74

3. Caeleb Dressel — 51.79
4. Coleman Stewart — 51.93
5. Maxime Rooney — 52.41

200m Butterfly
1. Chase Kalisz — 1:56.79
2. Zach Harting — 1:58.81

3. Will Roberts — 1:59.66
4. Tommy Bried — 2:00.03
5. Aaron Shackell — 2:00.31

200m Individual Medley
1. Shaine Casas — 1:56.70

2. Chase Kalisz — 1:57.10
3. Michael Andrew — 1:59.11
4. Sam Stewart — 1:59.44
5. Jay Litherland — 2:01.54

400m Individual Medley
1. Carson Foster — 4:15.46
2. Jay Litherland — 4:19.63

3. Charlie Swanson — 4:20.29
4. Will Licon — 4:20.30
5. David Johnston — 4:22.07

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Francesco Friedrich, most decorated bobsledder in history, rebounds for 12th world title

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A week after his first major championships defeat in seven years, German Francesco Friedrich returned to his winning ways to close the world bobsled championships on Sunday.

Friedrich’s four-man sled won the world title by 69 hundredths of a second over British and Latvian sleds that tied for silver, combining times from four runs over the last two days in St. Moritz, Switzerland. It marked Great Britain’s first world championships men’s bobsled medal since 1966.

Geoff Gadbois drove the lone U.S. sled in the field, finishing 18th.

Friedrich, the most decorated bobsledder in history, extended his records with a fifth consecutive world four-man title and 12th world championship between two- and four-man events.

Germany swept all four titles at bobsled worlds with four different drivers taking gold.

Friedrich had won 12 consecutive Olympic or world titles before taking two-man silver at worlds last week in St. Moritz, Switzerland. He was dethroned in that event by countryman Johannes Lochner.

Friedrich has been hampered recently by a muscle injury from sprint training in late December. Going into worlds, Lochner had won four consecutive World Cup two-man races, while Hall won the last two World Cups in four-man.

Friedrich, 32, said before this season that he plans to make the 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Games his final competition. Friedrich and push athlete Thorsten Margis can break the record of four career Olympic bobsled gold medals that they currently share with retired Germans Andre Lange and Kevin Kuske.

The World Cup season concludes with stops in Igls, Austria, and Sigulda, Latvia, the next two weekends.

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2023 World Alpine Skiing Championships TV, live stream schedule

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Every race of the world Alpine skiing championships airs live on Peacock from Feb. 6-19.

France hosts the biennial worlds in Meribel and Courchevel — six women’s races, six men’s races and one mixed-gender team event.

Mikaela Shiffrin is the headliner, in the midst of her most successful season in four years with a tour-leading 11 World Cup wins in 23 starts. Shiffrin is up to 85 career World Cup victories, one shy of Ingemar Stenmark‘s record accumulated over the 1970s and ’80s.

World championships races do not count in the World Cup tally.

Shiffrin is expected to race at least four times at worlds, starting with Monday’s combined. She earned a medal in 11 of her 13 career world championships races, including each of the last 10 dating to 2015.

Shiffrin won at least one race at each of the last five world championships (nobody has gold from six different worlds). Her six total golds and 11 total medals are American records. At this edition, she can become the most decorated skier in modern world championships history from any nation.

She enters one medal shy of the record for most individual world championships medals since World War II (Norway’s Kjetil Andre Aamodt) and four medals shy of the all-time record. (Worlds were held annually in the 1930s, albeit with fewer races.)

She is also one gold medal shy of the post-World War II individual record shared by Austrian Toni Sailer, Frenchwoman Marielle Goitschel and Swede Anja Pärson.

The other favorites at these worlds include Italian Sofia Goggia, the world’s top female downhiller this season, and the two leading men: Swiss Marco Odermatt (No. 1 in super-G and giant slalom) and Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (No. 1 in downhill).

2023 World Alpine Skiing Championships Broadcast Schedule

Date Event Time (ET) Platform
Mon., Feb. 6 Women’s Combined Super-G Run 5 a.m. Peacock
Women’s Combined Slalom Run 8:30 a.m. Peacock
Tues., Feb. 7 Men’s Combined Super-G Run 5 a.m. Peacock
Men’s Combined Slalom Run 8:30 a.m. Peacock
Wed., Feb. 8 Women’s Super-G 5:30 a.m. Peacock
Thu., Feb. 9 Men’s Super-G 5:30 a.m. Peacock
Sat., Feb. 11 Women’s Downhill 5 a.m. Peacock
Highlights 2:30 p.m.* NBC, Peacock
Sun., Feb. 12 Men’s Downhill 5 a.m Peacock
Highlights 3 p.m.* NBC, Peacock
Tue., Feb. 14 Team Parallel 6:15 a.m. Peacock
Men’s/Women’s Parallel Qualifying 11 a.m. Peacock
Wed., Feb. 15 Men’s/Women’s Parallel 6 a.m. Peacock
Thu., Feb. 16 Women’s Giant Slalom Run 1 4 a.m. Peacock
Women’s Giant Slalom Run 2 7:30 a.m. Peacock
Fri., Feb. 17 Men’s Giant Slalom Run 1 4 a.m. Peacock
Men’s Giant Slalom Run 2 7:30 a.m. Peacock
Sat., Feb. 18 Women’s Slalom Run 1 4 a.m. Peacock
Women’s Slalom Run 2 7:30 a.m. Peacock
Highlights 2:30 p.m.* NBC, Peacock
Sun., Feb. 19 Men’s Slalom Run 1 4 a.m. Peacock
Men’s Slalom Run 2 7:30 a.m. Peacock
Highlights 3 p.m.* NBC, Peacock

*Delayed broadcast
*All NBC coverage streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app for TV subscribers.

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