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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2 years ago

Adrian in great shape then

2 years ago

Ausie ausie ausie what’s up with that relay?

Reply to  Nswim
2 years ago

I don’t think they have an abundant of choices

Jim C
2 years ago

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

Reply to  Jim C
2 years ago

Pan Pac’s DQ

Reply to  Jim C
2 years ago

Seed times?

Reply to  Jim C
2 years ago

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

2 years ago

Fratus for final probably
And maybe order Will change for Brazil also

2 years ago

Australia is swimming its A team

13 % Chinese person
Reply to  Verram
2 years ago

They only brought 14 male swimmers . Im sure they canmanage to swim twice ( iinshallah) in a day .

2 years ago

Pepperoni and Zapple representing Indiana University.

2 years ago

Adrian should not be an automatic for the final spot imo. Don’t care what he did in xyz year, Blake earned it. Adrian should have show his worth in the morning.

Reply to  Jjran
2 years ago

If I’m looking to get a reliably quick 100 split, I’m picking Adrian over Pieroni 99% of the time

Reply to  Jjran
2 years ago

You haven’t been in training camp so I’m gonna go ahead and trust the coaches on this one. We’ll see how the race goes, but until Adrian disappoints us, I’m putting the captain in

Reply to  Jjran
2 years ago

Not that I completely disagree with the sentiment, but Pieroni thus far in his career has had some underwhelming relay splits.

Even with a disappointing individual 100 last summer, Adrian put up like 47.3 or something as relay anchor. Blake’s never done anything close to that from a flying start.

Mr Piano
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2 years ago


Reply to  Jjran
2 years ago

Let me explain it this way:

Suppose cartoon aliens invade the Earth and challenge our swimmers to a 4×100 freestyle relay to decide whether or not they destroy us and we have to utilize old cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, etc., along with one human on the anchor. The human that would absolutely, undoubtedly find a way to snatch victory is Nathan Adrian*.

*honorable mention to Jason Lezak, but he is, unfortunately, retired.

2 years ago


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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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