Adrian and Ervin Interview: It’s time to experiment with the relay order

Swimming Video courtesy of Swimming Australia. Swimming Video interview courtesy of Shannon Macdonald, SwimSwam Rankings Managing Editor.


Meet record: 3:11.74, USA (Phelps, Lochte, Lezak, Adrian) 2010
American record: 3:08.24 (Phelps, Berens, Walters, Lochte) 2009
Australian record: 2:09.91 (Sullivan, Lauterstein, Callus, Targett) 2008
Canadian record: 3:12.26 (Hayden, Greenshields, Russell, Say) 2008
Japanese record: 3:14.73 (Fujii, Okumura, Yamamoto, Uchida) 2009
Australia All-comers record: 3:12.72 USA (Phelps, Walker, Jones, Lezak) 2007

The Australian men followed suit, winning the final relay of the day. They touched at 3:12.80, followed by the united states at 3:13.36.cBrazil finished third with their time of 3:13.59.

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Lochte loves sprint on that 400 free relay seriously too .


What, you mean putting your #1 freestyler who has lived his life (college and international) as the anchor (since Lezak’s departure) in the 2 spot is a bad thing?! Experiment all you want with 1-2-3, leave 4 to Adrian until someone takes the thrown…

I am with you.Adrian is THE anchor.I think Phelps should open because he does not have the best relay start.

I think Brazil should be doing some experimenting in relays too.
Brazil should be(in order): De Lucca-Chieriguini-Cielo-Santana.
I think De Lucca will improve a lot with a FULL season in long course training.


No way. Brazil’s relay should be Cesar, Bruno (48.0-faster than De Lucca), Santana, Marcelo. This relay should be 47 mid’s across the board (conservatively) and be the favorite at home.


I would open with Santana, Chiereginni, Fratus and Cielo to close.. or Chiereginni to open then Santana


I DO think they should rethink that order in the relay, but the 4 best racers we had to represent the US at this meet weren’t as fast as the Aussies today. Keep up the good work so you can be faster next year guys!

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