2018 SC Worlds: Dressel, Comerford Among Key Relay Exchanges For U.S.


The American men have subbed in three new swimmers for the final of the 400 free relay, bringing on Caeleb DresselBlake Pieroni and Michael Chadwick while leaving Ryan Held, who broke the American Record leading off the prelim relay, on the anchor leg.

The Russians have an entirely new team for the final, as they send out Vladislav GrinevSergey FesikovVladimir Morozov and Kliment Kolesnikov after their prelim relay came within less than two seconds of the world record.

The Brazilians keep the same team from prelims, while the Italians (Marco Orsi for Davide Nardini) and the Aussies (Cameron McEvoy for Thomas Fraser-Holmes) made one move each.

Full men’s lineups can be found here.

On the women’s side, the U.S. has subbed in both Mallory Comerford and Olivia Smoliga to their finals team, joining Lia Neal and Kelsi Dahlia, as they’re both coming off American Record setting performances in the prelims of the 200 free and 100 back respectively.

Their seeded 1st from the heats, and the #2 seed Dutch women have made one exchange bringing in Femke Heemskerk and dropping Valerie Van Roon, and the 3rd seeds from Russia also only made one move adding Veronika Andrusenko to their final relay.

Full women’s lineups can be found here.

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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