Cal fan’s guide to swimming at the Tokyo Olympics

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Team USA is sending six Cal swimmers to compete in Tokyo next week alongside several other Bears from all over the world. Swimmers must place in the top 16 of their heats to compete in the semifinals and in the top eight of semifinals to swim in the finals. Here are all of the races in which Cal swimmers are competing.

Women’s 100 fly: 

Competing in her third Olympics, Cal alumna Farida Osman will represent Egypt in the 100 fly. She finished 12th overall in this event in Rio.

Semifinals — July 25

Finals — July 26

Men’s 100 back: 

Cal alumnus Ryan Murphy is the world record holder in the 100 back and defending Olympic champion. He has the third-best time in the 100 back this year after Russians Kliment Kolesnikov and Evgeny Rylov, both of whom are swimming in the event at the Games.

Another former Bear, Quah Zheng Wen, will compete for Singapore in this event. This will be his third Olympics.

Semifinals — July 26

Finals — July 27

Men’s 200 free: 

Incoming Cal signee Robin Hanson will compete in the 200 free for Sweden at the Olympics. The 20-year-old currently ranks 13th out of those swimming the event in Tokyo.

Semifinals — July 26

Finals — July 27

Women’s 100 breast: 

Rising senior Ema Rajic will swim for Croatia in the 100 breast and 50 free. She currently holds Cal’s school record in the 100 breast.

Semifinals — July 26

Finals — July 27

Women’s 100 back: 

Cal alumna Stephanie Au is competing in her fourth Olympics this year, representing Hong Kong in the 100 back.

Semifinals — July 26

Finals — July 27

Men’s 4×200 free relay: 

Cal alumnus Andrew Seliskar will make his Olympics debut after finishing fourth in the 200 free at trials, earning a spot on the relay team. Based on season bests, Great Britain is expected to win this event, with Russia and Australia in the mix for the other medals and the United States ranked fourth.

Finals — July 28

Women’s 200 individual medley: 

Cal rising senior Alicia Wilson will represent Great Britain in the 200 IM after finishing second at trials. She recorded the ninth-fastest time in the 200 IM in the world this year and previously won it at the 2019 World University Games

Semifinals – July 27

Finals — July 28 

Men’s 200 fly: 

Quah is also competing in the 200 fly, in which he finished 10th at the Rio Olympics.

Semifinals — July 27

Finals — July 28 

Women’s 4×200 free relay: 

The women’s 4×200 freestyle relay will feature Cal alumna Katie McLaughlin, who recently signed with Speedo and finished fourth in the 200 free at the Olympic trials. This will be her first Olympic Games. The Australians appear to be favorites in this event based on aggregate times, with the United States about five seconds behind. Cal alumna Camille Cheng will also swim in this relay for Hong Kong in her second Olympics appearance.

Finals — July 29

Women’s 100 free: 

Recent graduate Abbey Weitzeil will compete in her second Olympics after winning the 100 free and placing second in the 50 free at the trials. Her 100 free time at trials ranks her 19th in the world.

Semifinals — July 29

Finals — July 30 

Women’s 200 breast: 

Cal alumna Marina Garcia of Spain will swim the 200 breast at her second Olympics. In London, she finished 20th in this event.

Semifinals — July 29

Finals — July 30 

Men’s 200 back:

Murphy and recent graduate Bryce Mefford are both swimming the 200 back. Murphy is looking to defend his Rio win after racing the second-best time in the world, while Mefford has the fifth best.

Semifinals — July 29

Finals — July 30 

Men’s 100 fly: 

Cal alumnus Tom Shields is coming back for his second Olympics and has put up the 11th-best time in this event this year after finishing second at trials. In Rio, he came in seventh in this event. Quah is also swimming in this event, after taking 15th place in Rio.

Semifinals — July 30

Finals — July 31

Women’s 50 free: 

Weitzeil, who placed second in the 50 free at trials, will get her second shot at the 50 free after missing out on a spot in the finals in Rio. Rajic is also swimming in this event. 

Semifinals — July 31

Finals — Aug. 1

Men’s 50 free: 

Cal rising sophomore Björn Seeliger will swim for Sweden in the 50 free. He has the 42nd-best time in the world this year.

Semifinals — July 31

Finals — Aug. 1

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