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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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

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

lucky luke

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…


How can people in the US watch the heats?

ct swim fan

The Olympic Channel has all heats live!

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James is currently a university swimmer for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. He is studying economics. Along with swimming, he also loves hockey. He's in his 14th season as a competitive swimmer. Best Times - SCM (LCM) 50 FR - 24.56 (25.12) 100 FR - 53.58 (56.70) 200 FR - 1:56.07 (2:04.29) 1500 …

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