USA Announces Men’s Freestyle, Backstroke, Butterfly, Breaststroke, and Relay Swimming Teams for Tokyo Olympics 2021

Published 07/12/2021, 8:56 AM EDT
Jun 20, 2021; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Caeleb Dressel celebrates after winning the men’s 50m freestyle final during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Swimming competition at CHI Health Center Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports


The United States of America is a powerhouse at the Summer Olympics. The U.S. is also the most decorated nation when it comes to the Olympics and a lot of their success comes from track & field and swimming events. In this article, we will be focusing on the latter and look into the entire list of male athletes who will be representing Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics 2021. 

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Swimming is the second largest sport in the Olympics. As for the Tokyo Olympics 2021, there will be a total of 37 events in swimming (marathon swimming included). Such is the magnitude of the sport, and the U.S is sending a roster comprising 50 swimmers! 

Tokyo Olympics 2021: Complete list of male athletes in the swimming team

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The United States of America has selected 50 of the best swimmers to represent the country at Tokyo Olympics 2021. The list is dominated by female athletes, who take up 26 spots on the list. The remaining 24 is made up of male swimmers, led by 24-year-old Caeleb Dressel. 

Jun 19, 2021; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Caeleb Dressel reacts after the Men’s 100m Butterfly Finals during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Swimming competition at CHI Health Center Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s a complete list of all the male swimmers in the Olympic team along with their respective events

  1. Michael Andrew: 100 breast, 200 IM, 50 free
  2. Zach Apple: 100 free, 4×200 free relay, 4×100
  3. Hunter Armstrong: 100 back
  4. Bowe Becker, 4×100 free relay
  5. Gunnar Bentz: 200 fly
  6. Michael Brinegar: 800 free, 1500 free
  7. Patrick Callan: 4×200 free relay
  8. Brooks Curry: 4×100 free relay
  9. Caeleb Dressel: 100 free, 100 fly, 4×100 free relay, 50 free
  10. Nic Fink: 200 breast
  11. Bobby Finke: 800 free, 1500 free
  12. Townley Haas: 200 free, 4×200 free relay
  13. Zach Harting: 200 fly
  14. Chase Kalisz: 400 IM, 200 IM
  15. Drew Kibler: 4×200 free relay
  16. Jay Litherland: 400 IM
  17. Bryce Mefford: 200 back
  18. Jake Mitchell: 400 free
  19. Ryan Murphy: 100 back, 200 back
  20. Blake Pieroni: 4×100 free relay
  21. Andrew Seliskar: 4×200 free relay
  22. Tom Shields: 100 fly
  23. Kieran Smith: 400 free, 200 free, 4×200 free relay
  24. Andrew Wilson: 100 breast, 200 breast

Among the lot, there are four first-time Olympians in Michael Andrew, Bobby Finke, Kieran Smith, and Jake Mitchell. The latter is just 19-years-old and is the youngest male swimmer in the Olympic team. 

Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Murphy lead the charge for Team USA

Caeleb Dressel is touted as the next Michael Phelps. He is expected to win gold in all of his events. Such is the high standard placed on the 24-year-old, but he is quite concerned about the inexperience lurking in the men’s team. 

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However, 26-year-old Ryan Murphy will cover that void. Murphy won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics in two individual events; the 100 and 200m backstroke. Murphy is set to defend his title in these two events at Tokyo Olympics 2021. 

These two athletes are highly touted to add to Team USA’s glory, but only time will tell if the Americans can once again dominate men’s swimming at the Olympics. 

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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