American Men Chop Nine-Tenths Off National Record In 4×50 Medley Relay


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The American team made up of Ryan MurphyMichael AndrewCaeleb Dressel and Ryan Held combined for a new U.S. National Record in the final of the men’s 4×50 medley relay, as they clocked a time of 1:30.90 to win the silver medal.

That swim got them under the 1:31.83 mark set by the U.S. team of Eugene GodsoeCody MillerTom Shields and Josh Schneider at the 2014 World Championships.

Check out a full split comparison between the two teams below:

USA, 2014 SC Worlds USA, 2018 SC Worlds
Godsoe – 23.11 Murphy – 22.73
Miller – 26.04 Andrew – 26.16
Shields – 21.99 Dressel  – 21.70
Schneider – 20.69 Held – 20.31
1:31.83 1:30.90

Murphy got the U.S. out to the lead with a very quick 22.73 opening leg, just one-tenth off his American Record, and then Andrew was a little off his 25.75 from the mixed medley relay as they fell to 4th. Dressel had the fastest fly split in the field at 21.70 to move them up to 3rd, and Held was the 2nd fastest swimmer on free in 20.31 to bring them the silver behind Russia.

The Russian team finished in a time of 1:30.54, one-tenth off their world record set last year, with Oleg Kostin‘s 25.36 breast leg being the key difference maker over the US. Brazil (1:31.49) edged Italy (1:31.54) for the bronze. Russia also had the fastest free split in the field from Evgeny Rylov (20.22).

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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