The men’s 4×100 freestyle relay is one of the most highly anticipated events to transpire in Rio and Team USA is in the midst of determining the right combination of swimmers for both prelims and finals to get the stars n’ stripes to the top of the podium.
At the U.S. Trials, 2012 Olympic gold medalist in this event, Nathan Adrian, took the top time, winning the men’s 100m freestyle in a swift mark of 47.72, the only sub-48-second outing of the field. Coming in as runner-up in Omaha was University of Florida Gator Caeleb Dressel, touching in 48.23, just 03 of a second from 3rd place finisher Ryan Held from NC State (48.26).
Also scoring in the top 6 in Omaha were Anthony Ervin (48.54), Jimmy Fiegen (48.57) and Blake Pieroni (48.78), each punching a ticket to Rio, but with their actual relay slot yet to be determined.
And, by way of Team USA conducting a men’s 4×100 freestyle relay time trial today at their open practice in Atlanta, it’s clear the coaching staff is still weighing all of their options, including possibly considering the likes of Michael Phelps, Jack Conger, Ryan Lochte and Townley Haas.
From the video posted via Facebook Live by Rowdy Gaines below, we can see Phelps, Conger, Lochte and Haas leading off 4 separate relay squads at the McAuley Aquatic Center. Official splits have yet to be provided, but our rough estimates via the video recorded the following:
Phelps lead-off – 48.3
Conger lead-off – 48.9
Lochte lead-off – 49.4
Haas lead-off – 49.6
Adrian split – 46.8
Dressel split – 47.5
Ervin split – 47.9
Held split – 48.2
Feigen split – 48.2
Pieroni split – 49.1
Again, these are just rough estimates from eyeballing with a stopwatch, but take a look and see the speed thrown down by some of the fastest men in the world. We’ll report the official splits as they are received by Team USA.
A second view, courtesy Robin Gross Bennett: