Day 2 Relay Lineups: Phelps, Held Swimming On U.S. 400 Free Relay


After some speculation as to what changes would be made to each team’s 400 free relay roster that advanced to the final earlier today, the official lineups have been released, and most of the expected moves were made, with one surprise. Check out the full lineups for tonight below:

  1. Belgium (G.Surgeloose, J.Aerents, E.Vanluchene, P.Timmers)
  2. Canada (S.Condorelli, Y.Kisil, M.Thormeyer, E.Van Moerkerke)
  3. Australia (J.Roberts, K.Chalmers, J.Magnussen, C.McEvoy)
  4. Russia (A.Grechin, D.Izotov, V.Morozov, A.Sukhorukov)
  5. USA (C.Dressel, M.Phelps, R.Held, N.Adrian)
  6. France (M.Metella, F.Gilot, F.Manaudou, J.Stravius)
  7. Brazil (M.Chierighini, N.Oliveira, G.Santos, J.De Lucca)
  8. Japan (K.Nakamura, S.Shinri, K.Kobase, J.Koga)

The big surprise was Ryan Held, who split 47.79 this morning, getting the nod over Anthony Ervin who was 47.65. Other than that, the additions of Caeleb DresselMichael Phelps and Nathan Adrian are as expected. Dressel will lead-off as he has a terrific flat start, Phelps will swim in the same spot he did four years ago, and Adrian has been dynamite on the anchor in the past.

The Australians did as expected, moving out Matthew Abood for Cameron McEvoy, who will anchor head-to-head against Adrian. The Aussies have put their best legs 2nd and 4th with Kyle Chalmers and McEvoy, and will rely on James Roberts and James Magnussen to hold their own on the 1st and 3rd legs.

Russia has made the one expected change, moving out Aleksandr Popkov for Vladimir Morozov, and the French have added Florent Manaudou and Jérémy Stravius, which was also expected. Fabien Gilot and Mehdy Metella remain, moving out Clément Mignon and William Meynard.

Brazil and Belgium also made the moves that we thought they might, adding Emmanuel Vanluchene and Joao De Lucca to their rosters in exchange for Dieter Dekoninck and Matheus Santana who were both over 49 seconds this morning.

And then as expected, Japan and Canada keep the same lineups from this morning in the same order. Buckle up.

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Lp Man
4 years ago

Ervin!!!!! NOOOOOOO!!!!!

4 years ago

Why tho

Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

Probably to avoid the 49.3 or whatever that he went at worlds. Just in case.

4 years ago

I would be upset if I were Ervin.

Reply to  Dan
4 years ago

He still has the 50

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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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