Six things to watch for as swimming kicks off at the FINA World Championships
New faces in open water
The US open water lineup is full of swimmers who will be making their world championship debuts. Of the nine Americans, only 2020 Olympian Michael Brinegar and Brennan Gravley competed at the 2019 world championships.
The world championships feature three open water events for men and women – 5K, 10K, 25K – compared to just 10K during the Olympics. Among those making their debuts are Mariah Denigan and Katie Grimes in the women’s 10k and Dylan Gravley in the men’s 10k. His older brother, Brennan Gravley, also competes in the men’s 10k. The two 10k races are scheduled for June 29.
Other long distance participants: Joey Tepper and Brennan Gravley in the men’s 5k; Brinegar and Tepper, 25,000 men; Anna Auld and Summer Smith, women’s 5k; Kensey McMahon and Auld, 25K women.
Captain, Oh Captain
Two-time Olympians Ryan Murphy and Caeleb Dressel were among the five team captains selected for the 41-member USA squad. They were also team captains at the Tokyo Games.
“It’s an incredible honor,” said four-time Olympic gold medalist Murphy. “I think every time I’m in a position like this I think back to my first (international) teams and how much I looked up to guys like Nathan Adrian, Anthony Ervin, Michael Phelps – there’s so many amazing people who have been in that role.”
2020 Olympian Natalie Hinds and two-time Olympian Lilly King will make their debuts as captains of the women’s team. 2016 Olympian Leah Smith, who held the same position at the 2019 world championships, was also named captain.
On TV and streaming
Olympic Channel and Peacock, on the NBC platform, will broadcast the finals at noon ET each day. A highlights show will air on NBC at noon ET on June 26.
Saturday June 18
Opening ceremony, 400m freestyle men and women, 400m IM men, 4x100m freestyle relay men and women.
Sunday June 19
100 breaststroke men, 100 butterfly women, 50 butterfly men, 200 IM women.
Monday, June 20
200 freestyle men, 1500 freestyle women, 100 backstroke women and men, 100 breaststroke women.
Tuesday, June 21
800 freestyle men, 200 freestyle women, 200 butterfly men, 50 breaststroke men, 4×100 mixed medley relay.
Wednesday June 22
200 women’s butterfly, 100 men’s freestyle, 50 women’s backstroke, 200 men’s IM, 4×200 women’s freestyle relay.
Thursday June 23
100 freestyle women, 200 chest women, 200 backstroke men, 200 chest men, 4×200 freestyle relay men.
friday june 24
Women’s 50 butterfly, men’s 50 freestyle, men’s 100 butterfly, women’s 200 backstroke, women’s 800 freestyle, mixed 4×100 freestyle relay.
Saturday June 25
50 men’s backstroke, 50 women’s breaststroke, 1500 men’s freestyle, 50 women’s freestyle, 400 women’s IM, men’s and women’s 4×100 medley relay.
Sunday June 26
Open Water, 6K Team Relay
Monday, June 27
Open Water Men’s and Women’s 5K
Wednesday, June 29
Open Water, Men’s and Women’s 10K
Thursday June 30
Open Water, Men’s and Women’s 25K