Morning Roundup: France Announces Relay; LOCOG Confirms Sell Out

  8 Braden Keith | July 27th, 2012 | College, Featured, In Briefs, London 2012 Olympics, News

…France has declared their preliminary round relay in the men’s 400, to be swum Sunday morning, according to France’s le Equipe. The relay will consist of Amaury Leveaux, Clement Lefert, Alain Bernard, and Jeremy Stravius, with William Meynard being left out of the relay altogether. That seems to imply that Fabien Gilot, and Yannick Agnel have a free pass to finals, with the four preliminary swimmers having to fight for the last two spots. Leveaux has to have the inside track, but any of the four could have good swims…

…The organizing committee for the opening ceremonies confirm that tonight’s event is a sellout. The official ceremony begins at 9PM London Time, which is 5 hours ahead of New York. Tickets were rumored to go for upwards of 3,000 pounds, which is better than $5,500…

…Nebraksa has announced Patrick Rowan as the new assistant coach of their women’s college swim team. Rowan is very familiar with Lincoln, having spent time as a Cornhusker volunteer assistant, and with the Nebraska Aquatics club wing. He has been at Missouri for the last 5 years, where he focused on power sprints and middle-distance. He now returns to work under Pablo Morales; the versatile coach has spent time with the breaststrokers and IM’ers of Nebraska in his prior stint….

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4 years 2 months ago

It actually looks like Meynard won’t swim at all. Two guys will fight for a spot in finals…

jean michel
4 years 2 months ago

this gives perspective for Us relay to perform with even more motivation…..

jean michel
4 years 2 months ago

I hope Jimmy Feigen is put in prelims ………and see his timing !!

4 years 2 months ago

Braden, Brazil has a problem:
The absence of Time Trials will put Brazil Team in a tight spot.It looks De Lucca was swimming below 50 in training and was expected a 48 something from him, but CBDA was expecting a Time Trial(like they do in Worlds) to make the choice.

4 years 2 months ago

We all want to know what the US is going to do in the 400. Jones, Adrian should likely be given free passes to finals. But with 5 other guys possible, only 1 will get a spot on the final relay. Grevers, Lezak, Berens and Feigen will likely be the prelim relay with the final relay being Jones, Adrian, Phelps and the fastest of the morning swimmers. Based on competition schedule maybe Berens or Grevers might not even be on the relay, but it’s the Olympics, they’ll want to swim every opportunity they can.

My confidence is a bit shakey on this relay. I don’t see how we can come anywhere close to where we were in 2008 in terms of time. Phelps led out in 47.5 which he could possibly again but hasn’t been within .5 seconds. Adrian and Jones went 48.05 and 48.46 respectively, both will need to be at least 1 second faster (Adrian likely 1.5 seconds faster), and the 4th swimmer must prove they can be at least 1 second or more faster than what they did at trials. Granted there are relay starts involved, but this is asking a lot. Not to mention Lezak’s split being 46.06 anchor. I don’t think anyone on the USA squad can come close to that, which means all 4 will have to average about 47.06 to just meet the world record, which might be what it’ll take to win this year (Personally, I think 3:09.5 will win due to the suit changes). I’m not being a negative nancy on USA, but we have to hit our tapers pretty darn good to compete against Australia and France and Brazil this year.

4 years 2 months ago

Brazil is the darkhorse.. Rus and Fra are biggest threats to US.. Except Cielo.. we don´t know how good Nicolas Chiereguinni is standing.. and if Fratus got some focus on 100 free or not..


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