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USA Swimming Olympic Trial Day 1

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How many Golden Bears can punch their tickets to Rio by the end of today? Vollmer in 100 Fly, Leverenz in 400 IM, and Prenot in 400 IM/100 Breast are the most likely candidates (ignoring how 100 Fly and 100 Breast are only doing semifinals tonight).

CGB Hall of Famer Dana Vollmer is the favorite to win 100 Fly today.
CGB Hall of Famer Dana Vollmer is the favorite to win 100 Fly today.
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Day 1 Events:

Men's 400m IM
Women's 100m Fly
Men's 400m Free
Women's 400m IM
Men's 100m Breast

For all of today's events, only the top 2 swimmers will make the U.S. Olympic team.

Also of note, both the W. 100 Fly and the M. 100 Breast will involve 3 races. This means that the evening session today will only set the finals for Monday night.

Link to Day One Heat Sheet (please let me know in the comments if there are other Cal swimmers that I missed)

Viewing Info:

Prelims: 9 AM PT (LIVE on NBC Sports App/Live Stream)

Prelims tape delayed on TV: 3 PM PT on NBC Sports Network

Finals: 5 PM PT on NBC

Results: USA Swimming site has links to the corresponding Omega time sheets

CGB overall preview of the 2016 USA Swim Olympic Trials (6/26 - 7/3)

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Golden Bears to watch:

Men's 400 IM:

Recent Cal graduate Josh Prenot won the NCAA 400 IM this year, but can he transition to the long course? Prenot has the 4th best seed time going into this event.

Cal incoming sophomore Andrew Seliskar will also be in the final heat, swimming next to Prenot. Seliskar certainly has the ability to make the finals just based on his seed time, but there is a bit of a gap (based on seed time) between Prenot (4:13) and Seliskar (4:16) and the top two times in Tyler Clary (4:09) and Chase Kalisz (4:09).

Former Golden Bears and 16th seed Adam Hinshaw has scratched this event.

Michael Phelps who owns the world record in 400 IM is not swimming this event. Ryan Lochte, on the other hand, has a seed time of (4:12).

Womens' 100 Fly:

Preview from SwimSwam

Dana Vollmer owns the American record in 100 Fly. Vollmer also won gold in this event in the 2012 London games. She is the heavy favorite to win this race and get under 57 seconds.

Cal incoming sophomore Katie McLaughlin, who suffered a neck injury and didn't swim for the Bears at either the Pac-12 nor the NCAA, is back healthy and has the 6th best seed time. McLaughlin will swim right next to Vollmer in the prelim.

Recent Cal graduate Kelly Naze has also shown the ability to get under 59 seconds (mentioned in the SwimSwam preview), but she's not listed on the heat sheet.

Men's 400 Free:

Preview from SwimSwam

The only Cal swimmer that I see on the heat sheet is Nick Norman, but he would need to drop some serious time to make the final tonight.

Women's 400 IM:

Preview from SwimSwam

Caitlin Leverenz represented the United States in this event (along with 200 IM) in the London 2012 games. She finished 6th overall. Leverenz will face challenges from two Stanford swimmers in recent graduate Maya Dirado (who is retiring after this Olympics from competitive swimming "to take a normal job") and incoming sophomore in Ella Eastin.

Leverenz won this event at the Pan Am game last year. The other mainstay in this event is former Florida swimmer Elisabeth Beisel.

Leverenz is stronger in 200 IM than the 400.

Recent Cal graduate Celina Li will also swim in the very competitive final heat of this event. Li is certainly capable of making the final and maybe pull off a surprise.

Men's 100 Breast:

Preview from SwimSwam

It's supposed a wide open field in Men's 100 Breast. A handful of Golden Bears will compete in this one, but none of them are considered favorites.

A quick glance at the heat sheet shows Zach Stevens, Nick Silverthorn, Hunter Cobleigh, Carson Sand, Sean Mahoney, Chuck Katis (instrumental to the Cal medley relay before graduating in 2015), Connor Hoppe (2016 Pac-12 champ in 100 Breast), and Josh Prenot.

Good luck to all of the Golden Bears racing today.

GO BEARS!