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Olympic Swimmers for Team USA at the London 2012 Olympics

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The selection of Olympic swimmers for Team USA pool events (28 June through 4 August) was accomplished at the Olympic trials. The open water events for men and women used selection races from around the world to pick the one man and one woman to represent the USA in the Olympic swimming marathon. Listed below are Team USA's Olympic swimmers for each event, listed by the date of the first time they will swim that event in London.

For events shorter than 400 meters, the Olympics uses a heats >> semifinal >> final format. Heats are swum by everyone entered in the event in the morning. The fastest 16 swimmers from the morning heats advance to the evening semifinals. The fastest 8 swimmers from semifinals advance to the finals, held the following evening.

The 400 freestyle and 400 individual medley use a heats >> finals format. All swimmers race in the morning heats, and the fastest 8 swim in the finals that evening.

The men's 1500 and women's 800 use a heats >> finals format. The heats are held on one day in the morning, and finals are held at the next day's evening session. All swimmers race in the morning heats, and the fastest 8 swim in the finals.

Relays use a use a heats >> finals format. The fastest 8 relays qualify for the evening finals. These final relays do not have to enter the same swimmers on them, relay teams are often comprised of different swimmers in the morning heats and in the evening finals (all swimmers that were on a medal winning relay get a medal, whether they swam in the relay in the heats or in the finals).

Finals are what counts for the gold, silver, and bronze. The top three swimmers in finals win the Olympic medals.

Team USA Olympic Swimming Team in London 2012

Day 1: Saturday 28 July 2012
  • Men's 400m Individual Medley
    Ryan Lochte
    Michael Phelps
  • Women's 100m Butterfly
    Dana Vollmer
    Claire Donahue
  • Men's 400m Freestyle
    Peter Vanderkaay
    Conor Dwyer
  • Women's 400m Individual Medley
    Elizabeth Beisel
    Caitlin Leverenz
  • Men's 100m Breaststroke
    Brendan Hansen
    Eric Shanteau
  • Women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay (based on trials results - could change at the Olympic Games)
    Jessica Hardy
    Missy Franklin
    Allison Schmitt
    Lia Neal
Day 2: Sunday 29 July 2012
  • Women's 100m Backstroke
    Missy Franklin
    Rachel Bootsma
  • Men's 200m Freestyle
    Ryan Lochte
    Ricky Berens
    (Michael Phelps scratched after Olympic Trials to focus on relay)
  • Women's 100m Breaststroke
    Breeja Larson
    Rebecca Soni
  • Men's 100m Backstroke
    Matt Grevers
    Nick Thoman
  • Women's 400m Freestyle
    Allison Schmitt
    Chloe Sutton
  • Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay (based on trials results - could change at the Olympic Games)
    Nathan Adrian
    Cullen Jones
    Matt Grevers
    Ricky Berens
Day 3: Monday 30 July 2012
  • Women's 200m Freestyle
    Allison Schmitt
    Missy Franklin
  • Men's 200m Butterfly
    Michael Phelps
    Tyler Clary
  • Women's 200m Individual Medley
    Caitlin Leverenz
    Ariana Kukors
Day 4: Tuesday 31 July 2012
  • Men's 100m Freestyle
    Nathan Adrian
    Cullen Jones
  • Women's 200m Butterfly
    Cammile Adams
    Kathleen Hersey
  • Men's 200m Breaststroke
    Scott Weltz
    Clark Burckle
  • Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay (based on trials results - could change at the Olympic Games)
    Michael Phelps
    Ryan Lochte
    Ricky Berens
    Conor Dwyer
Day 5: Wednesday 1 August 2012
  • Women's 100m Freestyle
    Jessica Hardy
    Missy Franklin
  • Men's 200m Backstroke
    Ryan Lochte
    Tyler Clary
  • Women's 200m Breaststroke
    Rebecca Soni
    Micah Lawrence
  • Men's 200m Individual Medley
    Michael Phelps
    Ryan Lochte
  • Women's 4x200m Freestyle Relay (based on trials results - could change at the Olympic Games)
    Allison Schmitt
    Missy Franklin
    Dana Vollmer
    Lauren Perdue
Day 6: Thursday 2 August 2012
  • Men's 50m Freestyle
    Cullen Jones
    Anthony Ervin
  • Women's 800m Freestyle
    Kathleen Ledecky
    Kate Ziegler
  • Men's 100m Butterfly
    Michael Phelps
    Tyler McGill
  • Women's 200m Backstroke
    Missy Franklin
    Elizabeth Beisel
Day 7: Friday 3 August 2012
  • Women's 50m Freestyle
    Jessica Hardy
    Kara Lynn Joyce
  • Men's 1500m Freestyle
    Andrew Gemmell
    Connor Jaeger
  • Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay (based on trials results - could change at the Olympic Games)
    Missy Franklin
    Breeja Larson
    Dana Vollmer
    Jessica hardy
  • Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay (based on trials results - could change at the Olympic Games)
    Matt Grevers
    Brendan Hansen
    Michael Phelps
    Nathan Adrian
Open Water Swimming
Open water swimming is the marathon event of Olympic swimming, featuring a non-stop 10-kilometer (6.2 mile) swim in open water. Famous open water swims include the English Channel crossing of about 21 miles (about 34km) - much longer than the Olympic 10km swim.

Day 1: Thursday 9 August 2012
  • Women's 10km
    Haley Anderson
Day 2: Thursday 10 August 2012
  • Men's 10km
    Alex meyer
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