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USA Swimming outlines Tokyo Olympics plans ahead of trials last wave

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Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 5:06 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - As the nation’s top swimmers prepare for the second part of the Olympic Swim Trials, set to get underway Sunday, organizers had an update Friday on what’s to come.

Once Wave 2 is finished, set to end June 20, swimmers will head to Hawaii to train for the Olympics.

Noting that several PCR tests will be conducted throughout the process — as have been during the trials here in Omaha — Tim Hinchey, president and CEO of USA Swimming, said his biggest fear is that COVID-19 would prevent any of the swimmers from being able to compete in Tokyo.

The trials and Olympics come a year later, here’s Caeleb Dressel on that extra year as he refers to his coach Gregg Troy. “Troy always had a plan. We followed that plan. I know he had a backup plan in case it didn’t go through, but Troy always said, We’re training as if trials are happening and we’re going to train as if the games are happening, so if something does fall through, we’re not going to be looking cluelessly which direction to go. So we always had a direction. That’s all credited to coach Troy. I think me and Ryan are just good listeners. That’s why we end up in the boat we are right now. So we got, what, a couple more days until it actually starts, three days, something like that, so we’ll see then, but I got a, pretty confident trials is going to go through here,” said Dressel.

Caeleb trained with Ryan Lochte at Gator Swim Club in Florida. He’s trying to become the third American swimmer to compete in five Olympics and he’ll try to do it in a year that Tom Brady won a Super Bowl and Phil Mickelson won the PGA.

“The one person that does help me a lot with this is Troy. He gives me those stories of Mickelson and, like, Tiger, and Tom Brady. So, I mean, there is hope. I just stuck to the plan. I stuck to Troy’s plan. Training has been amazing this year. I’m training with the great, the fastest swimmer ever, and we push each other every day in practice, and it’s fun. So, yes, there is hope,” said Lochte.

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