Budapest 2017 World Swimming Championships - TV Schedule & Predictions

This page has predictions and TV schedule for the 2017 World Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The American team is expected to dominate, but the Australians and Japanese should provide a formidable challenge. The 2017 World Swimming Championships are scheduled for July 23-30 in Budapest.

U.S. TV Schedule

*Subject to change, error
**Streaming on NBC Sports Live app/website

Sunday July 23
TV 1: Olympic Channel (3:30 AM ET & 11:30 AM ET)
TV 2: NBCSN (2 PM - 4 PM ET)
Streaming: 3:30 AM ET (prelims) & 11:30 AM ET

Monday July 24
TV 1: NBCSN (11:30 AM - 1:30 PM ET)
TV 2: Olympic Channel (3:30 AM ET)
Streaming: 3:30 AM ET (prelims) & 11:30 AM ET

Tuesday July 25
TV 1: NBCSN (11:30 AM - 2 PM ET)
TV 2: Olympic Channel (3:30 AM ET)
Streaming: 3:30 AM ET (prelims) & 11:30 AM ET

Wednesday July 26
TV 1: NBCSN (11:30 AM - 2:30 PM ET)
TV 2: Olympic Channel (3:30 AM ET)
Streaming: 3:30 AM ET (prelims) & 11:30 AM ET

Thursday July 27
TV 1: NBCSN (11:30 AM - 2:30 PM ET)
TV 2: Olympic Channel (3:30 AM ET)
Streaming: 3:30 AM ET (prelims) & 11:30 AM ET

Friday July 28
TV 1: NBCSN (11:30 AM - 2:30 PM ET)
TV 2: Olympic Channel (3:30 AM ET)
Streaming: 3:30 AM ET (prelims) & 11:30 AM ET

Saturday July 29
TV 1: NBC (2 PM - 3 PM ET)
TV 2: Olympic Channel (3:30 AM ET)
Streaming: 3:30 AM ET (prelims) & 11:30 AM ET

Sunday July 30
TV 1: NBC (3 PM - 5 PM ET)
TV 2: Olympic Channel (3:30 AM ET)
Streaming: 3:30 AM ET (prelims) & 11:30 AM ET

Trends / Predictions

For several decades, the United States has dominated the swimming events at worlds. However, the Americans barely edged the Australians at the 2015 world championships in both total medals and total golds. One of the reasons was the absence of Michael Phelps who was in his first retirement and the decline of Ryan Lochte as a dominant force. We could see a similar situation in Budapest where Phelps won't be available and the American men being challenged by rising stars from both East and West. Still, the American women are as dominant as ever and there is enough depth in the U.S. men for them to hold their own. It will be close but the U.S. should again lead both the medal count and the gold medal count.

Predicted Medal Count: 1. United States | 2. Australia | 3. Japan | 4. Hungary | 5. China
Predicted Gold Count: 1. United States | 2. China | 3. Hungary | 4. Japan | 5. Australia

On the men side, all eyes will be on Kosuke Hagino as the Japanese star will attempt to win multiple gold medals for Japan. With Phelps and Lochte out of the picture, Hagino is a huge favorite to achieve the IM golden double. He won gold in the 400 IM and silver in the 200 IM (losing out to Phelps) at last year's Olympics. Although beset by injuries late last year, he is finding form with a solid effort at nationals and strong performances at a recent meet in France.

Predicted performance: 2 gold medals

On the women side, Katie Ledecky is again the swimmer to watch. At just 20 years of age, she is already a 5-time gold medalist and 9-time world champion. She is in her prime form right now and is expected to dominate once again in Budapest. Ledecky has broken at least two world records at each of the last four major international meets. We expect the streak to continue in Budapest.

Predicted gold medal count: 5
Predicted new world records: 3