July 24 morning session preview: Torri Huske, Chase Kalisz first up for U.S.
Swimming at the Tokyo Olympics begins Saturday morning at 6 a.m. ET. Here’s a quick look at the events on tap and the U.S. swimmers to watch in each.
Men’s 400m IM heats (6:02-6:24 a.m.)
Chase Kalisz is the top U.S. hope in this one and a gold-medal contender. He’ll be in the third of four heats. Fellow American Jay Litherland is in the final heat and isn’t far behind in the chase for gold — those two have the top two entry times in the field.
Women’s 100m fly heats (6:25-6:37 a.m.)
We’ll get our first look at Torri Huske, the 18-year-old star-in-the-making for U.S. swimming. She set an American record in the U.S. trials and enters with the second-best time in the field behind China’s Zhang Yufei. Huske will be in the fourth heat. Fellow American Claire Curzan is in the third heat and has a good shot at making the final.
Men’s 400m free heats (6:38-7:04 a.m.)
The Americans have their work cut out for them in this one. Jake Mitchell and Kieran Smith will swim next to each in Lanes 1 and 2 in the fifth and final heat.
Women’s 400m IM (7:05-7:24 a.m.)
Hali Flickinger (second heat) and Emma Weyant (third heat) are the U.S. hopes, but Hungary’s Katinka Hosszú is the favorite.
Men’s 100m breast (7:25-7:42 a.m.)
Seven heats will feed into a semifinal round Saturday night. Michael Andrew (fifth heat) and Andrew Wilson (sixth) are the Americans in the event. Andrew is a medal contender, but Great Britain’s Adam Peaty is the clear favorite.
Women’s 4X100m free relay (7:43-7:52 a.m.)
Just two heats for this one, with the United States in the first. They’ll cruise to the final, but the mighty sprinters from Australia are gold-medal favorites. We’re not sure which four swimmers the U.S. will go with. Simone Manuel surprisingly missed out on qualifying for the 100-meter after winning gold in that event in Rio. With the Americans likely in no danger in the heats, they might feel it’s worth seeing if Manuel can rebound and improve their outlook for the final.