Men’s 4×200 Free Relay Prelims Lineups: Brits Using Near Full-Strength Team


The prelims lineups for the men’s 4×200 free relay have been released, with many notable decisions being made by each team.

Great Britain, the defending Olympic champions, seem to be using their full-strength team minus one in the heats. They have their two individual 200 freestyler competitors in Tom Dean and Matt Richards, and will also use Joe Litchfield, who was fourth in this event at British trials. Jacob Whittle, who is better known for his sprint freestyle, is on anchor, and likely will be substituted for James Guy who will presumably be put on the team in finals. However, if he were to have a breakout swim, the choice of who to swap in Guy for could be much harder.

Brendon Smith, a swimmer who did not compete in the 200 free at Australian trials, will be leading off for the Aussie squad. He will be on this prelims relay alongside Mack Horton, Zac Incerti, and Samuel Short—meaning that Kyle Chalmers and Elijah Winnington will be put in during finals. It is important to note that Incerti had been taken off the 4×100 free relay due to an illness he suffered prior to Worlds, so this will be his first relay of the meet.

The United States is using Carson Foster, Trey Freeman, Coby Carrozza, and Trenton Julian in their heats team, leaving out 200 free individual swimmers Kieran Smith and Drew Kibler so they can rest for finals.

Full Prelims Lineups:

Heat One:

  1. Vietnam (Tran, Nguyen H. K., Hoang, Nguyen H. H.)
  2. South Korea (Hwang, Kim, Lee Y., Lee, H.)
  3. Hungary (Marton, Nemeth, Hollo, Milak)
  4. Australia (Smith, Incerti, Short, Horton)
  5. Italy (Ballo, Ciampi, Detti, di Cola)
  6. China (Hong, Zhang, Chen, Pan)
  7. Thailand (Kanteemool, Kaewsriyong, Thammananthachote, Wongcaroen)

Heat Two:

  1. Canada (Gaziev, Knox, Bagshaw, Hussey)
  2. Israel (Loketev, Soloveychik, Namir, Cohen Groumi)
  3. France (Pothain, Salvan, Fuchs, Tesic)
  4. Great Britain (Dean, Richards, Litchfield, Whittle)
  5. United States (Foster, Freeman, Carrozza, Julian)
  6. Brazil (Scheffer, Assuncao, Setin Sartori, Correia)
  7. Singapore (Lim, Mohamed Azman, Tan, Quah)

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11 days ago

Richards has been very poor in his 200’s this season. Very clear he was fully rested for the British Trials.

Reply to  SwimSider
11 days ago

Richards has been very poor as is the selection criteria. Should be dropped for the euros
Pre selections in events swam almost a year ago has now proven to be wrong
Pick swimmers on performances at set meets and not on historic performances. British swimming you will deter up and coming swimmers otherwise

The Michael Phelps Caterpillar
11 days ago

Haha. Britain should just give up, they will NEVER beat the USA! Not since 1776, not now, not in ‘24! USA!

Reply to  The Michael Phelps Caterpillar
11 days ago

What about last year?

Davide clasps
11 days ago

Classic jimmy going to step up and dive in 5th and sneak silver!!!!

11 days ago

Watch Hungary tonight. Something nice is coming. Same lineup as the legendary junior world champion team (they won gold by 0.01 before USA in Indianapolis).

Phichael Melps
12 days ago

British coaches actually need to start realising that they can’t afford to take the bare minimum for relays from trials in the future.

As we’ve seen here, Duncan has dropped out, and Richards is off, resulting in a bit of an underwhelming (compared to last year) relay.

They left Jarvis and Kurle at home – I can see the arguments for leaving them given they have Litchfield and Whittle, but why take the risk?

USA are always going to be able to pretty much switch entire relays from prelims to finals. If GBNI want to hold onto this relay as ‘theirs’ for the foreseeable future, they need to start treating it with the same priority that the USA apply… Read more »

The unoriginal Tim
12 days ago

Made it by 0.4

Thomas Selig
12 days ago

Not many options for GB really, but quite interested to see what Whittle can do in a 200. Dean is going to have some tired limbs by the end of the meet 🙂

Scuncan Dott
12 days ago

GB literally could not have used any other lineup since selectors only took the top 4 from trials + Richards for this relay and Duncan is now out.

Last edited 12 days ago by Scuncan Dott
Reply to  Scuncan Dott
12 days ago

What about Jarvis?

Reply to  Splash
12 days ago


Scuncan Dott
Reply to  Splash
12 days ago

Jarvis was only 6th at Trials and missed out on selection.

Reply to  Scuncan Dott
12 days ago

Could have put Dean last. Then if the others do the business he can cruise it. Leading off he needs to give it a good go whatever

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Yanyan is from Madison, New Jersey and spent the majority of her life there. Although she wasn't the greatest competitive swimmer, she learned more about the sport of swimming through scoring countless dual meets, being a timer, and keeping track of her teammates' best times for three years as a …

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