The highlight of the summer is rapidly approaching. I am, of course, referring to the 2016 Rio Olympics Games, which kick off on Aug. 5. I love every event, but one of my personal favorites is women's swimming — and the United States has an amazing roster of swimmers this year. Missy Franklin, 21, made her Olympic debut in 2012 — and it would be an understatement to say that she made a major splash. (Pun intended — sorry, I had to.) At age 17, she brought home five medals — four of which were gold. Of course, she's not the only we should watch closely in Rio — newcomer Katie Ledecky has also established herself as a force to be reckoned with. We have so much to look forward to, so what's the 2016 Olympics Women's Swimming Schedule?
All the details are available on NBC's official schedule, and the times are fairly consistent — both the women's and men's teams compete at 12 p.m. ET and 9:00 p.m. ET each day until the finals on Aug. 13 and Aug. 15. As always, be sure to check your local listings — Olympic events air on multiple networks (not just NBC) and some are only available to stream online through NBC's website.
So, without further ado, here are the details of when women's swimming events will either air on TV or stream live on NBC's website:
Saturday, Aug. 6
- Tune in at 12:00 p.m. ET to watch the 400m individual medley, 100m butterfly, and 4x100 freestyle relay events.
- Women's swimming returns at 9:00 p.m. ET for the 400m final, 100m butterfly semifinals, and 4x100 relay final.
Sunday, Aug. 7
- The 100m backstroke and 400m freestyle events begin at 12:00 p.m. ET.
- Starting at 9:00 p.m. ET, there are a number of exciting events — the 100m butterfly final, 100m breaststroke semifinals, and 400m freestyle final.
Monday, Aug. 8
- At 12 p.m. ET, tune in for the 200m freestyle and the 200m individual medley.
- The 200m freestyle semifinals, 100m backstroke final, 100m breaststroke final, and 200m IM semifinals will begin at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Tuesday, Aug. 9
- The 12 p.m. ET time slot only has one women's event — the 200m butterfly.
- At 9:00 p.m. ET, the women will once again take center stage with the 200m freestyle final, 200m butterfly semifinals, and 200m IM finals.
Wednesday, Aug. 10
- Starting at 12 p.m. ET, we can watch the 100m freestyle, 200m breaststroke, and 4x200m freestyle relay.
- At 9:00 p.m. ET, it's time for the 100m freestyle semifinals, 200m butterfly final, 200m breaststroke semifinals, and 4x200m freestyle relay final.
Thursday, Aug. 11
- During the 12 p.m. ET time slot, the 800m freestyle and 200m backstroke will air.
- 9 p.m. ET offers a number of great events — the 200m breaststroke final, 200m backstroke semifinals, and 100m freestyle final.
Friday, Aug. 12
- Starting at 12 p.m. ET, the 50m freestyle and 4x100m medleys will air.
- Once again, the medal events will occur during the 9 p.m. ET time slot — the 200m backstroke final, 800m freestyle final, and 50m freestyle semifinals.
Saturday, Aug. 13
- The following finals will air at 9 p.m. ET — the 50m freestyle and 4x100 medley relays.
Monday, Aug. 15
- There's just one swimming event on this day — the open water 10k will air at 8:00 a.m. ET.
I can't wait to see what these strong, dedicated young women accomplish in Rio — regardless of how many gold medals they bring home, I know they'll make us proud.