Day 1 Relay Lineups: Comerford In, Ledecky Out On Prelim 4×100 Free


There are big surprises for the relay lineups for either the men or women on the opening session of the FINA World Championships.

For the women, U.S. Trials winner Mallory Comerford will swim prelims of the 400 free relay while Katie Ledecky (who was 6th) will sit out. This isn’t a big surprise given Ledecky has prelims and the final of the 400 free also on day 1. Whether or not she’s used in the final remains up in the air (and could depend on how the morning swimmers perform.)

Big names such as Sarah SjostromRanomi Kromowidjojo and Federica Pellegrini will all be in action this morning.

Day 1 Women’s 400 Free Relay Lineups

Heat 1

  1. Sweden (Coleman, Sjostrom, Lindborg, L.Hansson)
  2. Hong Kong (Haughey, Lau, Ho, Sze)
  3. Japan (Ikee, Aoki, Yamane, Igarashi)
  4. USA (Neal, Worrell, Smoliga, Comerford)
  5. Netherlands (Van Der Meer, Heemskerk, Busch, Kromowidjojo)
  6. Denmark (Bro, Bro, Beckmann, Blume)
  7. Slovakia —

Heat 2

  1. Israel (Murez, Shikler, Siebner, Ivry)
  2. Hungary (Molnar, Gyurinovics, Verraszto, Jakabos)
  3. Italy (Di Pietro, Ferraiolo, Biondani, Pellegrini)
  4. Australia (Seebohm, Wilson, Elmslie, Jack)
  5. Canada (Mainville, Toro, Smith, Sanchez)
  6. China (Zhu, Ai, Wu, Zhang)
  7. South Africa (Gallagher, Beavon, Randle, Corbett)

For the men, Brazil will go with 50m specialists Cesar Cielo and Bruno Fratus in the morning, while there are no surprises to the American lineup with Blake PieroniMichael ChadwickZach Apple and Townley Haas.

Day 1 Men’s 400 Free Relay Lineup

Heat 1

0. New Zealand (Stanley, Perry, Main, Hunter)

  1. Paraguay (C.Hockin, Vallejos, Lopez, B.Hockin)
  2. Belarus (Machekin, Krasochka, Staselovich, Latkin)
  3. Japan (Nakamura, Shioura, Matsumoto, Koga)
  4. Australia (McEvoy, Incerti, Graham, Cartwright)
  5. Brazil (Santos, Chierighini, Cielo, Fratus)
  6. Greece (Christou, Meladinis, Katrantzis, Gkolomeev)
  7. Egypt (Khalafalla, Samy, Abdalla, Khaled)
  8. China (Lin, Yu, Cao, Ma)
  9. Netherlands (Stolk, Pijnenburg, Schwietert, Puts)

Heat 2

0. Serbia (Stjepanovic, Sabo, Lender, Barna)

  1. Uzbekistan (Tarasenko, Kozlyuk, Bukin, Tursunov)
  2. Hungary (Kozma, Nemeth, Holoda, Bohus)
  3. Canada (Kisil, Thormeyer, Acevedo, Olafson)
  4. USA (Pieroni, Chadwick, Apple, Haas)
  5. Russia (Popkov, Korolev, Lobintsev, Morozov)
  6. Italy (Dotto, Vendrame, Miressi, Magnini)
  7. South Africa (Erasmus, Jimmie, Brown, Waddell)
  8. Latvia (Kalnins, Bobrovis, Maskalenko, Feldbergs)
  9. Israel (Konovalov, Toumarkin, Loktev, Frankel)

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4 years ago

No surprise McKeon is being rested for the Aussies due to the Butterfly heats and Bronte C also being rested due to injuring her other shoulder and being sick in the training camp prior to the WCs. Hoping for a great hit out for Jack.

He Gets It Done Again
4 years ago

France went from world champions to not even entering a 4×100 free in just two years

lucky luke
Reply to  He Gets It Done Again
4 years ago

Yes but note that they could have one, but decision was taken not to send any relay cause times were not that good this year… which was a pretty bad decision, French 100 swimmers having big tapers in summer and the field being poor this year (Italy could be medalled…). But French federation has been highly criticized last year for sending too many swimmers to Rio, so they did wrong again with quite the other way…

4 years ago

How can people in the US watch the heats?

ct swim fan
Reply to  SwimtoSwim
4 years ago

The Olympic Channel has all heats live!

4 years ago

Any opinions on Ledecky sitting out and her chances on swimming during tonight’s finals?

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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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