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

Published 07/12/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
Jun 15, 2021; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Katie Ledecky reacts after swimming in the Women’s 200 Freestyle Semifinals Heat 1 during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Swimming competition at CHI Health Center Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports


Team USA never fails to send a strong contingent to the Olympic games. After all, the United States is the most decorated nation in the history of the Olympics. Over the years, the Americans have largely dominated swimming, and here’s everything you need to know about the women’s team that will represent the USA at Tokyo Olympics 2021. 

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Swimming is one of the most popular sports at the Olympics. Furthermore, it is also the second-largest sport in terms of events at the Tokyo Olympics 2021. There are a total of 37 events (including marathon swimming), and here’s Team USA’s women’s roster going to Tokyo. 

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

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Team USA concluded its Olympic swimming trials in June and picked the nation’s best swimmers. After the meet, a total of 50 swimmers were picked to go to Tokyo, and 26 of them were women. The women’s roster dominates over the men’s roster. 

Jun 15, 2021; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Katie Ledecky reacts after swimming in the Women’s 1,500m Freestyle prelims 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 female swimmers in the Olympic team along with their respective events

  1. Phoebe Bacon: 200 back
  2. Erika Brown: 100 free, 4×100 free relay
  3. Claire Curzan: 100 fly
  4. Catie DeLoof: 4×100 free relay
  5. Kate Douglass: 200 IM
  6. Hali Flickinger: 400 IM, 200 fly
  7. Brooke Forde: 4×200 free relay
  8. Katie Grimes: 800 free
  9. Natalie Hinds: 4×100 free relay
  10. Torri Huske: 100 fly
  11. Lydia Jacoby: 100 breast
  12. Lilly King: 100 breast, 200 breast
  13. Annie Lazor: 200 breast
  14. Katie Ledecky: 200 free, 400 free, 800 free, 1500 free, 4×200 free relay
  15. Paige Madden: 400 free, 4×200 free relay
  16. Simone Manuel: 50 free
  17. Katie McLaughlin: 4×200 free relay
  18. Allison Schmitt: 200 free, 4×200 free relay, 4×100 free relay
  19. Bella Sims: 4×200 free relay
  20. Regan Smith: 100 back, 200 fly
  21. Olivia Smoliga: 4×100 free relay
  22. Erica Sullivan: 1500 free
  23. Alex Walsh: 200 IM
  24. Abbey Weitzeil: 100 free, 4×100 free relay, 50 free
  25. Emma Weyant: 400 IM
  26. Rhyan White: 100 back, 200 back

It is essential to know that the women’s team is filled with a lot of young talent. 12 of them from the roster are set to make their Olympic debut, including ten teenagers. 

Annie Lazor (26), Rhyan White (21), Torri Huske (18), Claire Curzan (16), Regan Smith (19), Phoebe Bacon (18), Emma Weyant (19), Kate Douglass (19), Alex Walsh (19), Katie Grimes (15), Lydia Jacoby (17), Bella Sims (16), are all going to their maiden Olympic games. 

Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel spearhead the women’s roster

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Katie Ledecky will have the hopes of an entire nation on her shoulders at Tokyo Olympics 2021. She is no longer the wunderkind as Ledecky is now an experienced 24-year-old. She is expected to clinch medals in all of her individual events. 

The same would be expected from Simone Manuel and Lilly King who are making their second Olympic appearance. King is a breaststroke specialist, while Manuel will compete in the 50m freestyle. 

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However, the most experienced person on the roster is 31-year-old Allison Schmitt. Tokyo Olympics 2021 will be her fourth appearance at the Summer Games and she will be expected to serve as a source of inspiration to her fellow athletes. 

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Arjun Athreya

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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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