Russia Swaps in Kolesnikov, Efimova, Morozov for Mixed Medley Final

2018 LEN EUROPEAN AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 3rd-seeded Russians have made wholesale 4-for-4 changes to their mixed medley relay for Monday’s final, while most of the other contenders have carried forward at least one swimmer from prelims to the evening session.

Russia, who went M-M-F-F in prelims, will swap in their 3 global superstars for finals and swim M-F-F-M. That includes a leadoff from World Record holding backstroker Kliment Kolesnikov, handing off to World Champion breaststroker Yulia Efimova, with the hot-handed Svetlana Chimrova on the butterfly leg and sprinter supreme Vlad Morozov on the anchor leg.

That lineup should improve their time by at least four seconds from the 3:46.45 that they swam in prelims. The lifetime bests of the group put Russia within reach of the European Record, without accounting for the further drops that should come from relay starts. At half-a-second drop per start, that ER is easily within Russian reach.

Kolesnikov 52.95
Efimova 64.36
Chimrova 57.17
Morozov 47.62
3:42.10

But they’re not the only relay that had a few aces up their sleeves for finals. Great Britain, the European Record holders (from last year’s World Championships), swam 3:47.44 in prelims – but between a casual 58.49 from Adam Peaty (who has been 57.1 at this meet on a flat start) and their 3 changes for finals, are still the favorites.

They’ve swapped in Georgia Davies on the backstroke leg, who will be on a double in the session with the 100 back semis (as will most of the women who lead off their mixed relays). She then hands off to Peaty, who gives GB a monster advantage over everyone. That leaves Britain with James Guy on the fly leg, and Freya Anderson on the freestyle anchor. She split 54.55 in prelims.

This race should highlight the potential of this mixed medley in terms of pure entertainment value. While Russia will enter a M-F-F-M relay, Great Britain will enter a F-M-M-F relay.  That means we’ll see wild swings on nearly every leg of the race, before eventually Morozov tries to run down basically the entire field: the only other country with a male anchor is Italy.

The Dutch, who had the fastest time in the morning heats, made the smallest change: they’ve inserted their best backstroker, Kira Toussaint, in for Maaike De Waard. That could give them as much of a second drop, down to a 3:45-low, but they’ll still need a special anchor from Kromowidjojo to hold of Russia or Great Britain.

Sweden has left Sarah Sjostrom off this relay, which was their best bet to stand on a podium (she alone could have taken as much as 3 seconds off their time). They’ve subbed in Ida Lindborg on the anchor, which picks them up a second or a second-and-a-half.

Finals Relay Lineups are below:

LANE NAT TEAM BORN Q. TIME
1
 SWE
SWEDEN 3:49.58
HOEKFELT Gustav 30 AUG 1994 M
SKAGIUS Johannes 10 FEB 1995 M
HANSSON Louise 24 NOV 1996 F
LINDBORG Ida 13 JUN 1994 F
2
 ITA
ITALY 3:47.73
PANZIERA Margherita 12 AUG 1995 F
SCOZZOLI Fabio 03 AUG 1988 M
DI LIDDO Elena 08 SEP 1993 F
MIRESSI Alessandro 02 OCT 1998 M
3
 RUS
RUSSIA 3:46.45
KOLESNIKOV Kliment 09 JUL 2000 M
EFIMOVA Yuliya 03 APR 1992 F
CHIMROVA Svetlana 15 APR 1996 F
MOROZOV Vladimir 16 JUN 1992 M
4
 NED
NETHERLANDS 3:45.34
TOUSSAINT Kira Marije 22 MAY 1994 F
KAMMINGA Arno 22 OCT 1995 M
VERLINDEN Joeri Jordi 22 JAN 1988 M
KROMOWIDJOJO Ranomi 20 AUG 1990 F
5
 GER
GERMANY 3:46.22
MENSING Jenny 26 FEB 1986 F
SCHWINGENSCHLOEGL Fabian 15 AUG 1991 M
KUSCH Marius 05 MAY 1993 M
BRUHN Annika 05 OCT 1992 F
6
 GBR
GREAT BRITAIN 3:47.44
DAVIES Georgia 11 OCT 1990 F
PEATY Adam 28 DEC 1994 M
GUY James 26 NOV 1995 M
ANDERSON Freya 04 MAR 2001 F
7
 POL
POLAND 3:49.51
TCHORZ Alicja 13 AUG 1992 F
STOLARSKI Marcin 04 JAN 1996 M
CHUDY Michal 21 JUN 1997 M
WASICK Katarzyna 22 MAR 1992 F
8
 SUI
SWITZERLAND 3:49.86
BOLLIN Thierry Frederic 11 JAN 2000 M
KAESER Yannick 03 JUL 1992 M
STOFFEL Svenja 26 JUL 1997 F
UGOLKOVA Maria 18 JUL 1989 F

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