Day 5 Relay Lineups: Seliskar, Apple on U.S. 4×200, Lewis, Chalmers off for AUS


2018 U.S. National Champion Andrew Seliskar and 4×100 freestyle relay gold medalist Zach Apple have gotten the nod in prelims for Team USA for the men’s 4×200 freestyle relay.  The duo will be joined by Jack LeVant and 2016 Olympian Jack Conger.  

Speculation remains for where the Team USA staff will go tonight, with Blake Pieroni, Caeleb Dressel, and Townley Haas waiting in the wings.  In terms of lifetime bests, Haas is by far the fastest active American swimmer at this meet, at 1:45.03.  However, he (along with Seliskar) was well of that time in the individual event, with Haas finishing 14th in 1:46.37 and Seliskar finishing 15th in 1:46.83.

Levant skipped NCAAs and the World University Games and has raced lightly after dealing with mental health issues, so there’s a lot of anticipation about what he can do.

Australia also chose to save its two fastest swimmers for an anticipated finals appearance, leaving Clyde Lewis and Kyle Chalmers off of this morning’s relay.  Lewis raised eyebrows earlier this week when he dropped a 1:44.90 swim in the semifinals of the individual 200, placing himself in the top 10 performers in history.  Chalmers, a 100 specialist who does better extending to 200 than dropping to the 50, clocked a 1:45.56 at the Commonwealth Games last summer, making him the second-fastest Aussie in the event during this Olympiad.  However, with a stable full of 200 freestylers with bests in the 1:45-high to 1:46-low range, Australia has plenty of finals options should the coaching staff go in a different direction.  For prelims, Australia will roll out the foursome of Alexander Graham, Jack McLoughlin, Thomas Fraser-Holmesand Mack HortonExpect the best 2 of those 4 to swim in finals.

The Brits will use Thomas DeanCalum JarvisMax Litchfield, and Cameron Kurle in prelims. They have individual bronze medalist Duncan Scott and James Guy to add to their finals relay; Dean is the leg that most will be looking at from this prelims group. The 19-year old is the 3rd-fastest Brit this year in 1:46.86, and he’ll be a key leg if the Brits have a hope at gold in the finals.

China will use 200 and 400 free champion Sun Yang on their prelims relay, as well as Xu Jiayu, who dropped out of the men’s 200 back semi-finals at the last minute, ostensibly to focus on this relay.

Men’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay Preliminaries: Notable lineups

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1 year ago

Ideal final line up is Dressel Apple Pieroni Haas. Unlikely to happen though, Dressel probably replaced by Seliskar unless Conger surprises. He looked pretty good in the fly although it wasn’t the fastest.

Reply to  Bob1235
1 year ago

No way. No reason why a guy that goes a 46.9 100 free can’t go at least a 1:45. Dressel WILL get the nod for finals. I think Apple gets the final spot from prelims when he is the only one to split 1:45

My vote for the order is
Peroni 1:45.75
Dressel 1:43.75
Apple 1:45.75
Haas 1:45.00


Coach Mike
Reply to  Lpman
1 year ago

Would love to see Dressel swim the 4×200 but do you think they’ll put him through that? It would be three races tonight and then the finals of the 50 free and 100 fly the next night (if I’m figuring correctly?) Pretty grueling.

Reply to  Coach Mike
1 year ago

Absolutely. A good 200 free not only helps the relay, but may give Dressel another event to perhaps focus.

Sun Ying Yang Twins
Reply to  Coach Mike
1 year ago

Dressel trains grueling. If he is not able to do a fast 200 a 100 and a 50 in one session, then Gregg Troy isn’t doing his job. And he is doing his job. He will make the finals easily in the 50 fr and 100 fly.

Sun Ying Yang Twins
Reply to  Sun Ying Yang Twins
1 year ago

Why Dressel should be on the relay

To put it in perspective:

Richmond Grand Prix April 2019 / vs. / Korea WC 2019:

100 Fly (52.08) // (49.33r – 50.28 prelims)
200 Free (1:47.31 w flat start) // (? – 1:44.8 minimum rolling start)

Reply to  Lpman
1 year ago

It’s probably some order of Seli, Zapple Jacks, Pepperoni, and Haas

1 year ago

It’s Zapple time

1 year ago

Here comes my boy Levant!

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