2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES
- When: Pool swimming: Saturday, July 24 – Sunday, August 1, 2021
- Open Water swimming: Wednesday, August 4 – Thursday, August 5, 2021
- Where: Olympic Aquatics Centre / Tokyo, Japan
- Heats: 7 PM / Semifinals & Finals: 10:30 AM (Local time)
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The official lineups for the inaugural mixed 400 medley relay Olympic final have been released, and the Americans have put Caeleb Dressel on the anchor leg.
The U.S. team will consist of Ryan Murphy, Lydia Jacoby, Torri Huske and Dressel, a full exchange of swimmers from the preliminaries. All four finished in the top four of their respective individual events.
The Americans will be the only team to have a male swimmer on the freestyle leg, meaning they’ll be facing a deficit at the final exchange, and Dressel will try to mow everyone down. It should make for good TV.
This means the coaching staff favored the Murphy-Jacoby over Regan Smith and Michael Andrew, despite the Smith/Andrew combination being faster on paper. Nic Fink was also an option with Andrew seemingly declining in terms of performance quality as the meet has unfolded.
The Huske/Dressel back-half is virtually identical to a Dressel/Abbey Weitzeil combo.
Check out a look at the optimal lineups, purely based on times posted in Tokyo (no relay splits):
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Only three of the remaining seven squads have gone with the traditional two male/two female strategy—Russia, Italy and China—while Great Britain, Australia, the Netherlands and Australia will book-end their teams with females and have the men swim the middle two legs.
Compared to the heats, the Brits have swapped in Anna Hopkin for Freya Anderson on freestyle, while #4 seed Australia has moved out three of their four athletes, adding Kaylee McKeown, Matthew Temple and Emma McKeon to join breaststroker Zac Stubblety-Cook. Notably, they chose not to use men’s 100 freestyle silver medalist Kyle Chalmers on free and used McKeon on fly.
MIXED 4×100 MEDLEY RELAY – LINEUPS (BY LANE)
ROC (Evgeny Rylov, Kirill Prigoda, Svetlana Chimrova, Mariia Kameneva)
Italy (Thomas Ceccon, Nicolo Martinenghi, Elena di Liddo, Federica Pellegrini)
China (Xu Jiayu, Yan Zibei, Zhang Yufei, Yang Junxuan)
Great Britain (Kathleen Dawson, Adam Peaty, James Guy, Anna Hopkin)
United States (Ryan Murphy, Lydia Jacoby, Torri Huske, Caeleb Dressel)
Australia (Kaylee McKeown, Zac Stubblety-Cook, Matthew Temple, Emma McKeon)
Netherlands (Kira Toussaint, Arno Kamminga, Nyls Korstanje, Femke Heemskerk)
Israel (Anastasia Gorbenko, Itay Goldfaden, Gal Cohen Groumi, Andi Murez)