Relay Analysis: Energy Standard Continues Mixed Free Dominance In Match 9


In the lone relay on day two of Match 9, Energy Standard kept their unbeaten streak alive in the mixed 4×100 free, winning by well over two seconds in 3:16.81.

The club has been as fast as 3:15.91, done in their last appearance at Match 7, which involved the same four swimmers as their winning squad today.

The Toronto Titans utilized an optimal strategy, splitting their teams evenly as they claimed second and third to score 26 points.

We’ll dive into the race’s splits below:

Mixed 400 Freestyle Relay

Male Lead-offs

Swimmer Split
Brent Hayden (TOR) 46.77
Yuri Kisil (TOR) 46.94
Evgeny Rylov (ENS) 47.17
Thom de Boer (IRO) 47.64
Ben Proud (ENS) 47.83
Arytom Machekin (IRO) 48.16
Bruno Fratus (TOK) 48.95
Shinri Shioura (TOK) 49.16

Brent Hayden and Yuri Kisil got the Toronto relays off to a great start, both dipping under 47 seconds. That marked Hayden’s first time in the 46s from a flat start this season.

Male Flying Splits

Swimmer Split
Kliment Kolesnikov (ENS) 45.68
Markus Thormeyer (TOK) 46.66
Katsuhiro Matsumoto (TOK) 46.66
Robert Glinta (IRO) 46.67
Michael Chadwick (TOR) 46.81
Blake Pieroni (TOR) 46.87
Simonas Bilis (ENS) 47.36
Maxim Lobanovszkij (IRO) 47.92

Kliment Kolesnikov rolled to yet another 45-second leg for Energy Standard, his fourth time doing so this season. The 45.68 split gained over a second on Toronto’s Blake Pieroni and Michael Chadwick, giving Energy Standard the lead they would never relinquish.

Overall it was a fast second leg on this relay, with six of the eight men under 47. Markus Thormeyer and Katsuhiro Matsumoto churned out matching 46.66s for Tokyo, and Robert Glinta also produced an impressive 46.6 for Iron in what was his first 100 free of the season.

Female Flying Splits

Swimmer Split
Siobhan Haughey (ENS) 51.92
Pernille Blume (ENS) 52.04
Louise Hansson (TOR) 52.60
Natsumi Sakai (TOK) 52.64
Claire Fisch (TOR) 52.78
Valerie van Roon (IRO) 52.79
Julie Meynen (TOR) 52.88
Catie Deloof (TOK) 52.89
Rebecca Smith (TOR) 52.94
Isabella Hindley (IRO) 53.12
Aya Sato (TOK) 53.17
Mary-Sophie Harvey (ENS) 53.30
Veronika Andrusenko (IRO) 53.44
Emilie Beckmann (IRO) 53.77
Rio Shirai (TOK) 53.93
Anastasiya Shkurdai (ENS) 54.20

The women’s side of the event was the same old for Energy Standard, with Siobhan Haughey getting under 52 in 51.92, and Pernille Blume putting up a very strong 52.04.

Toronto’s women all split within .34 of one another, between 52.60 and 52.94, while Natsumi Sakai‘s 52.64 was a key reason why Tokyo edged out Iron for fourth.

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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