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Published on June 20, 2024
Record-Breaking Frenzy at U.S. Olympic Swim Trials, Spectators Hit High as Stars and Newcomers Secure Paris Berths!Source: Unsplash/ Gabriel Meinert

It's been a historic week at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for swimming, where records are tumbling and the stands are packed with an unprecedented number of fans eagerly watching the country's top swimmers vie for a spot on the Olympic team. As reported by FOX59, a staggering 22,209 spectators witnessed Wednesday's competition at the Lucas Oil Stadium, setting a new attendance record and observing eleven athletes securing their tickets to Paris.

Among those making waves was Matt Fallon, the University of Pennsylvania's powerhouse, who shattered the U.S. record in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:06:54, as IndyStar covered in detail. Notably, Fallon has the fastest time in the world this year in this event and is now poised for Olympic contention. Meanwhile, the venerable Katie Ledecky continued her dominance in the pool, taking the 1,500 for her third freestyle victory of the trials.

But it wasn't just veterans turning heads. The trials were a hotbed for newcomers as well, with Gretchen Walsh making a splash by breaking the world record in the 100-meter butterfly, clocking in at 55.18 seconds, as detailed by WGBH. "I was probably the most shocked," Walsh said, reflecting on her world-record performance. "I was totally in awe, kind of surprised." Her achievement outshone the previous record set by Sweden’s Sarah Sjöström at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics eight years prior.