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The 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials has been split into two waves. This is the place to be for all news and updates on the biggest, most exciting, and suspense-filled swimming event held on American soil.
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Trials Announcements

2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming Blast Message #11 (Dec. 16, 2020)

 

Dear Coaches/Clubs:

 

We realize it’s been some time since we last sent an update and thought it would be helpful to send an Olympic Trials blast message before the holidays. 

 

There are likely many questions you have about the Trials, but we wanted to emphasize a few important points:

 

  1. The health and safety of all athletes, coaches and all others involved in the Trials is of paramount concern to the event organizers. This will play a critical role in our decision-making process.
  2. We will do everything in our power to hold the Olympic Trials from June 13-20, 2021, at the CHI Health Center Omaha.
  3. We are planning for Trials in one single venue, where athletes will vie for the Olympic Team swimming head-to-head in the heats, semifinals and finals. It is a critical priority that we select the best Olympic Team possible for the Olympic Games in Tokyo next July.  
  4. We are thoroughly evaluating all options related to the number of athletes at the Trials, the qualification period, whether spectators will be permitted and the safety precautions that we will have in place.

 

It is our intention to provide you a more detailed update after the first of the year. As we are sure you can appreciate, it is not in anyone’s best interest to make final decisions on the Trials at this time, given the fluidity of the pandemic.

 

Thank you very much for your patience and understanding as we move through this process.

 

Best regards, 

 

Olympic Trials Organizing Committee

2020 U.S. Olympic Trials (June 13-20, 2021) – Blast Message #10 (April 14, 2020)

 

Dear Coaches/Clubs:

 

This message will provide you with important information about hotels in Omaha for the Olympic Trials in 2021. 

 

Please see the attachment for all the details from Visit Omaha regarding hotels.  Essentially, Visit Omaha will begin taking your Trials hotel reservations as of 10 a.m. CT on Thursday, April 30, 2020.  Additionally, hotels for spectators, families, etc., will open on Monday, May 18. 

 

Note:  We ask that you are respectful about not overbooking hotel rooms for families on April 30 so that all teams/clubs are able to obtain hotel rooms for their athletes and coaching staff on the 30th.    

 

Thank you very much.

 

Sincerely,

Olympic Trials Organizing Committee

2020 U.S. Olympic Trials - Blast Message #9 (April 10, 2020)

 

Dear Coaches/Clubs:

 

Please see the attached release for the announcement of the new dates for the Olympic Trials in 2021.  Thanks with your patience as we worked through all the details.

 

Additionally, if any of you have made hotel reservations through Visit Omaha for 2020, they will be automatically cancelled this morning.  You will not have to take any steps in order to initiate this cancellation if you made the reservations with Visit Omaha.  We will be re-releasing hotels later this month which you will still be able to book through Visit Omaha.  This new date will be sent to you in the upcoming week via another blast message.  Please don’t call Visit Omaha until this new date. 

 

If you or your athletes’ families purchased tickets, they will have two options – 1) keep the tickets; or 2) request a refund.  If requesting a refund, it must be done directly with the entity through which the tickets were purchased (ex. TicketMaster, box office, etc.).  Refunds will be permitted for six months (October 10, 2020).

 

Thank you very much.

 

Sincerely,

The Olympic Trials Organizing Committee (USA Swimming & Omaha Sports Commission)

2020 U.S. Olympic Trials - Blast Message #8 (April 6, 2020)

 

Dear Coaches/Clubs:

 

We hope that you are staying healthy!

 

Please see below for important information about the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming.

 

  • Dates – With the rescheduling of the Tokyo Olympic Games to July 23-Aug. 8, 2021 (pool swimming, July 24-Aug. 1), USA Swimming has been working with many entities (National Team Steering Committee, USOPC, Omaha, NBC, FINA, etc.) to determine the best dates possible for the 2020 Olympic Trials (in 2021).  We have been spending a great deal of time working with the Omaha Sports Commission and Visit Omaha on making sure we have the proper amount of hotel rooms reserved in the city.  The new date for the Trials in 2021 will likely be announced within the next two weeks.

 

  • Hotels – As mentioned in the previous point, we are taking particular care in making sure we have a satisfactory number of hotel rooms.  Please be patient with us once the dates are announced, as we will have a step-by-step process in place for how your rooms will be cancelled for 2020 and the re-booking rooms for 2021.  Please do not call the Visit Omaha housing hotline until you are properly notified that hotels for 2021 are officially open.  Additionally, there will be some hotels that will have more rooms for us in 2021, as well as some hotels with fewer rooms.  There are also a few more hotels throughout the city that have been built and will be available in 2021. 

 

  • Trials Time Standards – As of today, there are 1,213 athletes qualified for the Olympic Trials.  All of the qualifying times from those athletes will be accepted for the Trials in 2021.  USA Swimming is still working through the details for newTrials qualifiers which will be in place once teams are back in training and competition.  USA Swimming wants to maintain the opportunity to accept new Trials qualifiers, balancing that with ensuring that the meet does not become too large. 

 

  • Tickets – Once the new Olympic Trials dates are announced, those that are seeking a refund for their tickets will be permitted to do so within six months of the announcement.  If ticket holders wish to keep their tickets, they can most certainly do that.  The refund process must be initiated using the entity through which the consumer made the purchase.  More details on this will be available once the dates are announced. 

 

  • Olympic Team Selection Procedures – With the changes to the 2020 Olympic Games, USA Swimming will have to make changes to the 2020 Olympic Games Selection Procedures. At this time, we do not have the changes to these procedures fully fleshed out as we are awaiting guidance from FINA and the IOC as well as confirming the dates of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Swimming. As soon as we have this information finalized we will amend and widely circulate the procedures. The amended procedures will be posted at www.usaswimming.org

 

Until this time please reference the “Athlete FAQs” at https://www.teamusa.org/coronavirus for updates from the USOPC regarding qualifications, USOPC benefits and services, as well as mental health and other resources.

 

Thanks very much, and as always, if you have any questions, please let us know.

 

Sincerely,

The Olympic Trials Organizing Committee (USA Swimming & Omaha Sports Commission)

2020 U.S. Olympic Trials - Blast Message #7 (March 24, 2020)

 

Dear Coaches & Clubs:

 

Please see below for an important message from USA Swimming regarding the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Swimming.  Once we learn new dates from the IOC for the Olympic Games year, we will provide updates related to the Olympic Trials.  Thanks for your patience on this ever-changing topic.

 

The full IOC statement can be read here: https://www.olympic.org/news/joint-statement-from-the-international-olympic-committee-and-the-tokyo-2020-organising-committee

 

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Statement from USA Swimming: 

 

“In this globally unprecedented time, today’s joint announcement by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 organizers was the responsible, though understandably difficult decision to make. We are incredibly thankful to have stood next to the USOPC, fellow U.S. national sports governing bodies and sport federations around the world in advocating for the health and safety of our athletes, members and their families. All athletes around the world can now focus on what is most important – safeguarding their health and being good global citizens in the wake of this extraordinary pandemic.

 

“We will work with our athletes, coaches, teams and committees to shift our preparations, and schedule a calendar of events that properly readies our team for 2021. We will work closely with the USOPC on rescheduling the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming to best align with Olympic Games preparations as further details become known.

 

“Most importantly, we will focus on finding ways to support our 400,000 members and their communities, and strategizing with our more than 3,000 clubs to ensure they are well-placed to come out of this stronger than ever.”  

2020 Olympic Trials – Blast Message #6 (March 23, 2020)

 

Dear Coaches and Clubs:

 

First and foremost, we hope that you, your families and your teams are staying safe and healthy.

 

Given the near daily updates about this summer’s Olympic Games, we wanted to reach out to assure you that we are keeping abreast of all the news and are closely communicating with all key partners as it relates to the Tokyo Games and the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha.  

 

While no official decision has been made regarding either event, we are working diligently behind the scenes to plan for every possible scenario. Our objective is to be prepared with contingency plans for the next 12-18 months, both domestically and internationally. Of course, the primary focus will continue to be about making the best decision for the health and safety of all those involved with the event (athletes, coaches, volunteers, spectators, etc.).

 

USA Swimming and the Trials Organizing Committee will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

 

Thank you very much for your attention to this notice.

 

Sincerely,

The Olympic Trials Organizing Committee (USA Swimming & Omaha Sports Commission)

2020 Olympic Trials – Blast Message #5 (March 6, 2020)

 

Dear Coaches and Clubs:

 

As updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to lead the news cycle, we want to inform you that we are monitoring this health situation carefully especially as it relates to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials. 

 

As of today, there are no planned changes to the Olympic Trials in June. With that said, we are working with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, the venue, and our partners in Omaha to ensure that we are prepared to make the best decision for the health and safety of all those involved with the event (athletes, coaches, volunteers, spectators, etc.).

 

USA Swimming will update you, as necessary, as the Trials draw nearer.

 

Thank you very much for your attention to this notice.

 

Sincerely,

The Olympic Trials Organizing Committee (USA Swimming & Omaha Sports Commission)

2020 Olympic Trials – Blast Message #4 (Feb. 27, 2020)

 

Dear Coaches and Clubs:

 

Please see below for the contents of Blast Message #4.  There are less than four months until the first day of the Olympic Trials and we will try to keep these updates coming every few weeks.  As always, if you have any questions, please let us know.

 

  1. All athletes, coaches, team support, etc., will be using photo credentials for the 2020 Olympic Trials.  Please use the link below to begin the accreditation process. 

usswimtrial2020.eventfinity.co/register?clubs

 

  1. Logos at Olympic Trials – Please be aware that all athletes, clubs and coaches will need to follow the logo guidelines and restrictions provided by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee at the Olympic Trials.  Please see the important letter (attached to this email) which describes the apparel regulations for the Trials.  If there are any questions related to this correspondence, please let us know. 

 

  1. Athlete Protection Training (APT)

 

  • All athletes age 18 and older must complete Athlete Protection Training in order to be a USA Swimming registered member in good standing. Any athlete who turns 18 on or after May 28, 2020, who has not completed Athlete Protection Training by the first day of competition, will be prohibited from participating in the competition until such time as all membership requirements are completed. Times achieved by an athlete who turns age 18 on or after May 28, 2020, who competes in this USA Swimming sanctioned event without completing this membership requirement, will NOT count for qualification or recognition.
  • The requirement to complete Athlete Protection Training is an annual requirement. If a USA Swimming non-athlete member or adult athlete member does not renew Athlete Protection Training annually, their USA Swimming membership will be affected.  Please make sure this is taken care of for all your 18 and older athletes prior to arriving in Omaha.  

 

  1. Meals – The Athlete Dining Village located in the CHI Health Center Omaha is being offered for all accredited team members and accredited support staff from 6:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. (breakfasts) and 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (dinners) with dinners beginning Saturday evening, June 20 and breakfasts beginning Sunday morning, June 21.  Breakfasts and dinners will be offered through Saturday evening, June 27.  Reservations for any or all days must be made online at usaswimming.org/trials.  Please note there will be no meal sales on-site.  Menu offerings are all you can eat and are priced at $21.00 per person for breakfast and $28.00 per person for dinner, including taxes and gratuities.  The menus have been endorsed by both the USOPC and USA Swimming nutritionists and can viewed at usaswimming.org/trials.

 

  1. With the size of the Trials and the potential length of the preliminary sessions, it is likely that 10 lanes will be used for the preliminary heats from June 21 – June 27.  Finals and semifinals, from June 21 – June 28, will only use eight (8) lanes.

 

  1. You should be aware that the National Team Managing Director has made the decision to “flight” the 400 Free and 400 IM on Days 1 and 2 of Trials.

 

    1. The fastest five heats of the women’s and men’s 400 Free and 400 IM will be swum slowest to fastest during their respective preliminary session starting at 10:00 a.m.
    2. The remaining heats of those four events will be swum at the end of their preliminary session, fastest to slowest.
    3. The schedule below anticipates that 10 lanes will be used during the preliminaries.  If only eight (8) lanes are used, the National Team Managing Director has requested that the fastest six (6) heats be swum during the first preliminary session.

 

Day 1 (June 21) – Prelims – 10:00 a.m. – Order of Events

M 400 IM                            fastest five (5) heats (slowest to fastest)

W 100 Fly                            as normal

M 400 Free                         fastest five (5) heats (slowest to fastest)

W 400 IM                            fastest five (5) heats (slowest to fastest)

M 100 Breast                     as normal

M 400 IM                            remaining heats, from fastest to slowest

M 400 Free                         remaining heats, from fastest to slowest

W 400 IM                            remaining heats, from fastest to slowest

 

Day 2 (June 22) – Prelims – 10:00 a.m. – Order of Events

W 100 Back                         as normal

M 200 Free                         as normal

W 100 Breast                     as normal

M 100 Back                         as normal

W 400 Free                         fastest five (5) heats (slowest to fastest)

W 400 Free                         remaining heats, from fastest to slowest

 

*** - observing FINA Rules, for events that advance directly from preliminaries to finals (without semifinals), only the fastest two heats will be circle-seeded.

 

  1. Coach wellness – USA Swimming will be offering several wellness opportunities for coaches and support staff throughout the Trials in Omaha. Coaches can expect an increased level of comfort and amenities in the coaches’ lounge in order to help throughout the week.  In addition to the lounge area, we are offering exercise opportunities each day that may include Orangetheory workouts, Crossfit, swim workouts, yoga, gym access and a daily run/walk group. Some offerings will be held at the competition venue, while others will be offsite.  Stay tuned for more information on this as Trials approach.

 

To help us better understand who might take advantage of these opportunities please click here.  Some opportunities have limited space available so this may require registering in advance. We will be sending registration information as we get closer to the Trials.  

 

 

If you have any other questions about Trials, please don’t hesitate to contact USA Swimming.

 

Thank you.

 

Sincerely,

 

National Events Staff

2020 Olympic Trials – Blast Message #3 (Jan. 28, 2020)

 

Dear Coaches and Clubs:

 

We hope your holiday training block went well and wanted to send another update related to the Olympic Trials, June 21-28 in Omaha.  As always, the previous Trials blast messages are at the bottom of this email.

 

  1. As of today, we have 1,147 athletes qualified for the Trials.  We believe this number will grow to about 1,400 over the next five months.

 

  1. Ticket sales for the Trials are going extremely well.  There are less than 300 tickets available on six of the eight days of the Trials, and two of those days have less than 100 tickets available.  We encourage you and your athletes (and their families) to purchase tickets as soon as possible if they have not already done so. 

 

Related to this, USA Swimming has partnered with PrimeSport to assist with a ticket re-sale program.  This can help with two key points:

 

    1. If someone has purchased tickets for all eight days and cannot attend all eight days, they can place their tickets on sale at the PrimeSport.com site.
    2. If the Trials are sold out,  the PrimeSport.com site will be a central location for interested parties to still be able to purchase tickets.

 

Please note that PrimeSport.com is the only site affiliated with USA Swimming, and there are anti-price gouging parameters in place on this site.  This might not be true for other ticket-resale sites.  As background, PrimeSport is the official partner of the NCAA and many professional sport teams and worked with USA Swimming for the 2016 Olympic Trials.

 

  1. Meals – as we have done at the last three Trials in Omaha, the venue (CHI Health Center) will be offering breakfast and dinner for athletes/teams/coaches in one of the ballrooms adjacent to the Accreditation/Registration area.  These are buffet meals that will be very convenient for you and your athletes.  The meals are sold at cost and the venue has provided an excellent, all-inclusive price of $28 for dinner and $21 for breakfast.  Sign-up for these meals must be done through the On-Line Meet Entry (OME) system once it opens for entries on March 25, 2020

   

  1. The Olympic Trials warm-up pool provided by Myrtha Pools is still available for purchase.  If you have any interest in this pool, please send an email to Mike Unger at munger@usaswimming.org.  USA Swimming also works Neptune-Benson, the provider of the filtration system for the Trials pools.  Neptune-Benson and USA Swimming are also selling these filtration systems from the Trials pools.  If you or your club know of someone interested in these first-class filtration systems (Defender Filters), please send an email to Mike Unger at the above address.

 

As always, if you have any questions about the Olympic Trials, please contact the National Events Department.

 

Thank you,

National Events Staff

2020 Olympic Trials – Blast Message #2 (Oct. 22, 2019)

 

Dear Coaches and Clubs:

 

Please find below the second blast “update” message related to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming.  For those of you who missed the first message sent on August 27, that message is copied at the bottom of this email.

 

·         Congratulations to the many athletes (and their coaches) who made Trials cuts at the Phillips 66 Nationals, Speedo Junior Nationals and the many other meets this summer.  We are expecting a large Olympic Trials, so please make your hotel and ticket arrangements, if you have not already done so.  To date, 1,072 athletes have Olympic Trials standards (this is less than the over 1,300 athletes who had cuts in October 2015).

 

                https://www.ticketmaster.com/swimtrials20

                https://www.visitomaha.com/swim        

 

·         Please note that there is a new event order for the eight days of the Trials due to the addition of the Women’s 1500m Free and Men’s 800m Free.  Many of the events are exactly the same as 2016, and the most significant change is a shift of the Men’s 50m Free from days 6 and 7 to days 7 and 8.  The new event schedule can be found at: https://www.usaswimming.org/news-landing-page/2019/03/20/2020-u.s.-olympic-team-trials---swimming-event-order.  Timelines for both preliminaries and finals are being worked on and will be available a few weeks in advance of the Trials.  If you have specific questions about doubles (or triples) on a given day/night, please do not hesitate to contact Mike Unger at USA Swimming (munger@usaswimming.org).

 

·         As many of you know, the College World Series will overlap with the Olympic Trials on June 22, 23 and possibly on June 24.  This will potentially make the traffic and parking around the CHI Center Omaha a challenge on those nights.  This did happen in 2012 and 2016, and the situation was managed relatively smoothly.  In 2020, this should not be a problem for teams, as our clubs will have designated parking on the east side of the venue.  There will also be a drop-off area in front of the venue on 10th Street.  It may make parking a little more challenging for spectators, and the Organizing Committee is readying a plan that will be sent to all ticket holders in the spring of 2020.

 

·         If any coach or club has suggestions for the Organizing Committee, please send them along to Dean Ekeren (dekeren@usaswimming.org), Kelly Naze ( knaze@usaswimming.org) and/or Macie McNichols (mmcnichols@usaswimming.org).  We want to do the best job possible to make the Trials a fantastic experience for all athletes, coaches and clubs.

 

Thank you,

 

National Events Staff

Olympic Trials – Blast Message #1 (August 27, 2019)

 

Dear Coaches:

 

Congratulations on having your athlete(s) qualify for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha.  We will be sending to you some important message over the next 10+ months that will help prepare you and your team for your 2020 Trials experience in Omaha.  Our goal is to keep these short and to the point, and with the exception of this first message, no more than a few items will be sent in each email update. 

 

As a reminder, the competition will be June 21-28, 2020 at the CHI Health Center Omaha (note the new name of the venue). 

 

Here are a few key points for this opening message:

 

·      Preliminary heats will begin at 10:00 a.m. every day (except for June 28, when there are no preliminary heats).  Finals will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first race normally taking place right around 7:00 p.m.   

 

·      Accreditation – for security purposes, all accreditation will include photos, with no exceptions.  In order to make your Trials check-in experience as simple as possible, we ask that you upload photos of your athletes and support staff prior to arriving in Omaha.  Please refer to the Meet Info (available soon) at www.usaswimming.org/trials

 

·      Tickets – tickets are selling extremely well and it is advisable for families of athletes to order their tickets very soon.  We are hopeful the venue will sellout, like it did in 2016.   https://www.ticketmaster.com/us-olympic-team-trials-swimming-tickets/artist/2657688

 

·      As at past Trials in Omaha, all-you-can-eat dinners will be provided each evening at the CHI Health Center for athletes and teams.  The planned cost for 2020 is about $25 per person per meal, and the meals will be offered for the first seven nights of the Trials.  Breakfasts may also be offered, depending on demand.  More information will follow on these options.  You will be able to sign up for these meals through the On-Line Meet Entry (OME) once it opens a couple of months before the Trials.  Please note the deadline to sign up for meals may be prior to the meet entry deadline. 

 

  • Coaches – Please, Please, Please…if you have athletes coming to the meet, make sure they have a passport that is current through March 1, 2021.  This is a requirement for all athletes and if your swimmer intends on making the team, they MUST have a current passport.

 

  • Please note that all massage therapists and athletic trainers are required to be non-athlete members of USA Swimming, and will need to successfully complete a background check and athlete protection training prior to arriving in Omaha.  Please take care of this early. 

 

  • All athletes ages 18 and over participating in or associated with this meet are subject to provisions of the USA Swimming Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (“MAAPP”) and that they understand that compliance with the MAAPP policy is a precondition of participation in the conduct of this meet.  MAAPP compliance includes mandatory online training program.  Information on the MAAPP can be found here; https://www.usaswimming.org/utility/landing-pages/minor-athlete-abuse-prevention-policy

 

  • There is helpful Trials information available at the USA Swimming website.  Go to www.usaswimming.org and under the Events tab you will find a button at the top of the page which will take you to the Trials section.  

 

If you have any questions about the Olympic Trials, please contact the National Events Department at USA Swimming.

 

Thank you.

 

Sincerely,

National Events Department

USA Swimming

2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Messages
  • Swimming Blast Message #11 (Dec. 16, 2020)
  • Blast Message #10 (April 14, 2020)
  • Blast Message #9 (April 10, 2020)
  • Blast Message #8 (April 6, 2020)
  • Blast Message #7 (March 24, 2020)
  • Blast Message #6 (March 23, 2020)
  • Blast Message #5 (March 6, 2020)
  • Blast Message #4 (Feb. 27, 2020)
  • Blast Message #3 (Jan. 28, 2020)
  • Blast Message #2 (Oct. 22, 2019)
  • Blast Message #1 (August 27, 2019)

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