Our Top Five Moments from the 2024 Olympic Trials 

The 2024 U.S Olympic Team Swimming Trials have officially wrapped! And as the official lane line provider for USA Swimming, the team at Competitor had the incredible opportunity to attend and witness amazing performances that will go down in swimming history. From world-record-breaking times to photo-finishes, the level of talent and competition had us on our feet the entire time – so much so, we probably could have used a dive in the pool ourselves.  

Here were our top five favorite moments:  

1. Watching athletes perform at their personal best

Watching the country’s top swimmers compete was thrilling in and of itself, but seeing so many of them achieve personal best times throughout the trials was especially exciting. Kate Douglass became one of only four women in the world to swim the Women’s 200-meter IM in under 2:07.00, finishing with a personal best time of 2:06.79. And for some athletes, like Gretchen Walsh and Regan Smith, achieving their personal bests also meant shattering world records. Walsh set a world record in the Women’s 100-meter butterfly, while Smith did the same in the Women’s 100-meter backstroke. Matt Fallon also set a new personal best and American record in the Men’s 200-meter breaststroke, securing him a spot on Team USA. These athletes will be among the ones to watch at this year’s Olympics, where they will showcase their talents on the world stage. 

2. The photo-finish races 

In competitive swimming, winning often comes down to just fractions of a second, and the Women’s 50M freestyle at this year’s trials was no exception. Simone Manuel, a gold medalist from the 2016 Rio Games, had crowds jumping out of their seats as she beat Gretchen Walsh, world record holder in the 100-meter butterfly, by a mere .02 seconds. It was a photo finish if we’ve ever seen one, highlighting the razor-thin margins that separate the best in the sport. 

3. The medal ceremonies 

During the nightly finals, the top swimmers in each event took the stage to be welcomed to Team USA and receive their medals from a former Olympian. While each of these ceremonies were special, the 2024 4×100-meter freestyle relay team’s medal ceremony was particularly exciting to watch. On Wednesday night, Kate Douglass, Simone Manuel, Gretchen Walsh, and Torri Huske secured their places on this year’s relay team by clinching the top four spots in the 100-meter freestyle. Seeing them come together on stage to accept their medals was truly memorable, and Simone Manuel’s return to the top after her hiatus added an extra layer of emotion to the moment. 

4. Seeing Competitor Lane Lines in an Olympic-sized pool, IN Lucas Oil Stadium! 

Whoever decided to put an Olympic-sized pool in an NFL stadium should also win some sort of medal, because it turned out to be one of the coolest (and most attended) Olympic swimming trials event in history. Walking into the transformed Lucas Oil Stadium was an experience, and it’s safe to say the bar has been set for future events. 

5. Being a part of the most attended swim trials event in history! 

Team Competitor made history too – we were part of the record-breaking crowd of 22,209 during the finals session on June 22!  

All Eyes on Paris 

It’s hard to believe that the swim trials are already in the rearview, but now we have the Olympics to look forward to! The 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials were a true testament to the incredible talent these athletes possess, and we can’t wait to see what they achieve in Paris. Check out the full roster of swimmers who qualified for Team USA here.