Kolesnikov Draws In On Russia’s Mixed 400 Free Relay, No Morozov

2018 LEN EUROPEAN AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

After qualifying with the top time in the prelims, the Russians have subbed in double backstroke gold medalist Kliment Kolesnikov and newly minted National Record holder Mariia Kameneva onto their mixed 400 free relay squad for finals, keeping on Vladislav Grinev and Arina Openysheva from the prelims.

Grinev had the top male split this morning in 48.10, which is probably why they chose to keep him on instead of inserting Vlad Morozov. Kolesnikov had the second fastest split in the field in the men’s 400 free relay, anchoring in 47.39, and Kameneva swam the fastest time in Russian history last night in the semis in 53.60.

While the Russians look strong, it won’t be clear sailing to gold. The Netherlands qualified just .04 behind them, and have made a few moves in bringing in Nyls Korstanje and Femke Heemskerk while keeping on Stan Pijnenburg and Ranomi Kromowidjojo. While Kromowidjojo hasn’t been on her best form here, she did split 52.9 on the mixed 400 free relay, and Heemskerk was 52.3 on the women’s relay. If the men can keep it within striking distance they have a good shot, and they are the European Record holders.

France is also poised for a big run at gold having won the women’s 400 free relay and boasting a strong 1-2 punch for men in Mehdy Metella and Jeremy Stravius. They were just a few tenths off the Russians this morning, and bring in three new swimmers with Stravius the only one on double duty (48.94 lead-off in prelims). They add Marie Wattel, and then Charlotte Bonnet on the anchor who could be the difference maker (having split 52.2 on the 400 free relay).

The Hungarians have also made some adjustments, bringing in Nandor NemethDominik Kozma and Zsuzsanna Jakabos, as have the Italians who add Luca Dotto and Federica Pellegrini to the team that already included Alessandro Miressi. Miressi split 48.24 this morning, but is capable of going much faster after he split 46.99 on the 400 free relay and won the individual gold medal in 48.01.

LANE NAT TEAM BORN Q. TIME
1
 HUN
HUNGARY 3:30.80
NEMETH Nandor 19 NOV 1999
KOZMA Dominik 10 APR 1991
JAKABOS Zsuzsanna 03 APR 1989
VERRASZTO Evelyn 17 JUL 1989
2
 GER
GERMANY 3:28.17
WIERLING Damian 13 FEB 1996
FILDEBRANDT Christoph 27 MAY 1989
FOOS Reva 15 SEP 1993
BRUHN Annika 05 OCT 1992
3
 FRA
FRANCE 3:27.40
STRAVIUS Jeremy 14 JUL 1988
METELLA Mehdy 17 JUL 1992
WATTEL Marie 02 JUN 1997
BONNET Charlotte 14 FEB 1995
4
 RUS
RUSSIA 3:27.15
KOLESNIKOV Kliment 09 JUL 2000
GRINEV Vladislav 21 JUL 1996
KAMENEVA Mariia 27 MAY 1999
OPENYSHEVA Arina 24 MAR 1999
5
 NED
NETHERLANDS 3:27.19
KORSTANJE Nyls Jan 05 FEB 1999
PIJNENBURG Stan Johannes 04 NOV 1996
HEEMSKERK Femke 21 SEP 1987
KROMOWIDJOJO Ranomi 20 AUG 1990
6
 ITA
ITALY 3:27.95
DOTTO Luca 18 APR 1990
MIRESSI Alessandro 02 OCT 1998
GALIZI Giada 20 JUL 1993
PELLEGRINI Federica 05 AUG 1988
7
 ISR
ISRAEL 3:30.45
GAMBURG David 12 DEC 1993
KALONTAROV Ziv 15 JAN 1997
MUREZ Andrea 29 JAN 1992
GORBENKO Anastasya 07 AUG 2003
8
 POL
POLAND 3:31.36
SWITKOWSKI Jan 23 JAN 1994
MAJCHRZAK Kacper 22 SEP 1992
TCHORZ Alicja 13 AUG 1992
WASICK Katarzyna 22 MAR 1992

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James is currently a university swimmer for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. He is studying economics. Along with swimming, he also loves hockey. He's in his 14th season as a competitive swimmer. Best Times - SCM (LCM) 50 FR - 24.56 (25.12) 100 FR - 53.58 (56.70) 200 FR - 1:56.07 (2:04.29) 1500 …

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