Day 1 Relay Lineups: Haas, Pieroni Get The Nod On Men’s 4×100 Free


The Americans are the only team making any significant changes from prelims on the men’s 400 free relay, after three countries switched out two swimmers for the women.

Nathan Adrian and Caeleb Dressel move in for the U.S. while Townley Haas (47.60) and Blake Pieroni (48.40 lead-off) were good enough to stay on for the final. Adrian and Dressel take over for Zach Apple (48.16) and Michael Chadwick (48.74).

 The only other notable switch is Danila Izotov into the lead-off slot for the Russians, moving out Aleksandr Popkov who was relatively weak this morning with a 49.05 lead-off.

There weren’t a ton of order switches either, but Australia has moved Jack Cartwright onto the lead-off leg with Cameron McEvoy swimming third.

Men’s 4×100 Free Relay Lineups

  1. Japan (Nakamura, Shioura, Matsumoto, Koga)
  2. Hungary (Kozma, Nemeth, Holoda, Bohus)
  3. USA (Dressel, Haas, Pieroni, Adrian)
  4. Brazil (Santos, Chierighini, Cielo, Fratus)
  5. Australia (Cartwright, Incerti, McEvoy, Graham)
  6. Italy (Dotto, Vendrame, Miressi, Magnini)
  7. Russia (Izotov, Morozov, Lobintsev, Korolev)
  8. Canada (Kisil, Thormeyer, Acevedo, Olafson)

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Interesting choosing Pieroni over Apple, I wonder what the coaches’ range was for lead off v. with a relay start.


I wish I knew more…thought Apple was strong enough. Wonder if politics or consistency or known history plays into the decisions.

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