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Ian Echlin

Not since Scott Usher has a Nebraska native made the men’s or women’s USA Swimming team competing in the Olympics.

But that may change soon.

The first of two waves in the trials begins Friday (June 4) at CHI Center. It will be the fourth consecutive time the trials are held in Omaha. The swimmers who qualify in Omaha will advance to the Tokyo Olympic games scheduled to start on July 23. Because of the pandemic last year, the trials and the Olympics were postponed for a year.

Pandemic Leads To Split 2021 Swim Trials

Jan 27, 2021
Omaha Sports Commission

The U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha this summer will be split in half due to COVID-19.  USA Swimming says Wave 1 will be on June 4th through the 7th and Wave 2 on June 13th through the 20th.  The organization says Wave 2 will be the sole qualifier for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.  USA Swimming says the decision was made to reduce overcrowding in the arena and to provide a safer environment for the athletes. 

When USA Swimming considers site possibilities for the 2016 U.S. Olympic swim trials, it isn’t driven by attendance figures alone—and Omaha isn’t a lock to host for a third time.  

USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus says officials representing several different cities have already expressed interest in hosting the 2016 trials. Some have even shown up to check it out. Wielgus says he hopes Omaha is in the bidding, because any other city that competes for the trials in ’16 will have high standards to match.

Michael Phelps won a race Thursday night, which is not unusual.  But it was without a head-to-head battle with Ryan Lochte, which has become the Battle of the Titans this week at the Olympic swimming trials at CenturyLink Center. As Omaha Public Radio’s Greg Echlin reports, Phelps showed Thursday he’s human.

U.S. Olympic Swim Trials return to Omaha in June

Mar 29, 2012
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The U.S. Olympic Swim Trials return to Omaha in late June.

Omaha hosted the Swim Trials in 2008. It’s the biggest competition before the Olympics, which are in London this year. Frank Busch, national team director for USA Swimming, says so far this year 1,600 athletes have met qualifying standards. 1,100 athletes came to Omaha in 2008 for the Trials.

Busch says Omaha was a perfect location in 2008 for the Swim Trials. The CenturyLink Center arena and convention halls were converted to accommodate the Swim Trials, complete with practice pools.