Day 1 Relay Lineups: Pieroni, Apple In 400 Free Prelims For U.S. Men


FINA has published the start lists for heats of the women’s 4×100 meter freestyle relay and the men’s 4×100 meter freestyle relay, the final two events of the morning session on Day 1 of 2019 World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju.

The U.S. men have opted to use Townley HaasBlake PieroniMichael Chadwick and Zach Apple this morning, presumably saving Caeleb Dressel and Nathan Adrian for the final.

Pieroni will contest the individual 100 freestyle alongside Dressel later in the competition, so it was expected that perhaps he would advance straight to the final (especially after Adrian was out of the water for an extended period of time early this year receiving cancer treatment). Apple is coming off a personal best 47.79 at the World University Games just a few weeks ago, so if he’s firing on all cylinders once again he should throw down a fast split this morning.

Great Britain appears to have gone with their optimal lineup, led by Duncan Scott and James Guy, and Brazil have their two individual 100 entrants in Marcelo Chierighini and Breno Correia entered. However, there’s a good chance they’ll sub-in Bruno Fratus for tonight’s final after his anchor leg on their silver medal-winning relay at 2017 Worlds.

Other notables include Russia leaving off Vladimir Morozov and using Vladislav Grinev, who is the #2 swimmer in the world this year. Australia is utilizing their optimal lineup that includes world #1 Kyle Chalmers.


  1. Switzerland (Mitykov, Liess, Djakovic, Schmid)
  2. Egypt (Samy, Khalafalla, Elkamash, Sameh)
  3. Turkey (Sakci, Baslakov, Gurdal, Acimis)
  4. Israel (Frankel, Cheruti, Toumarkin, Namir)
  5. USA (Haas, Pieroni, Chadwick, Apple)
  6. Malaysia (Sim, Chan, Tern, Tiaa)
  7. Hong Kong (Lim, Ho, Ng, Cheuk)


0. South Korea (Hwang, Jang, Park, Yang)

  1. Great Britain (Scott, Guy, Proud, McLay)
  2. Greece (Vazaios, Gkolomeev, Georgarakis, Christou)
  3. China (Yu, Yang, Cao, He)
  4. Russia (Rylov, Minakov, Kolesnikov, Grinev)
  5. Japan (Nakamura, Shioura, Matsumoto, Namba)
  6. Canada (Thormeyer, Kisil, Pisani, Olafson)
  7. Germany (Wierling, Kusch, Salchow, Fildebrandt)
  8. Singapore (Schooling, Quah, Tan, Chua)
  9. Chinese Taipei (Wang, Wang, Lin, An)


0. Ireland (Ryan, Powell, Sloan, Mc Millan)

  1. Serbia (Stjepanovic, Nikolic, Barna, Acin)
  2. Hungary (Kozma, Nemeth, Bohus, Szabo)
  3. Italy (Condorelli, Frigo, Bori, Miressi)
  4. Brazil (Chierighini, Spajari, Calvelo de Souza, Correia)
  5. Australia (McEvoy, Lewis, Graham, Chalmers)
  6. Poland (Majchrzak, Gawrsiak, Holub, Kraska)
  7. Netherlands (Puts, Korstanje, Stolk, Pijnenburg)
  8. France (Mignon, Stravius, Paco Pedroni, Metella)
  9. Belgium (de Meulemeester, Aerents, Thijs, Timmers)

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Adrian in great shape then


Ausie ausie ausie what’s up with that relay?


I don’t think they have an abundant of choices

Jim C

Why is the US in the first heat? Why are China and Taipei in the same heat?


Pan Pac’s DQ


Seed times?


Somebody said US may not have a proper seed time due to they DQed in Pan Pacs

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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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