The relay lineups have been announced for the men’s 400 free relay tonight, and the Americans have chosen Nathan Adrian to lead-off, followed by Ryan Lochte, Anthony Ervin, and Jimmy Feigen. This means that Matt Grevers, despite being 6th in the 100 free at the U.S. World Championship Trials, won’t participate in either round at this meet.
The Americans also chose Feigen, with a 48.39 leadoff in prelims, over Ricky Berens, who was faster when reaction-time was excluded: again going against the standard thought process for USA Swimming.
Australia will use James Magnussen on the leadoff, putting him up head-to-head with Adrian; the Russians will use Morozov on their 3rd leg, which is where we saw him swim often at USC, and save Danila Izotov for the anchor. Andrey Grechin, who was so fast leading off at the World University Games, will lead off here. The Russians need him to be under 48 seconds.
And finally, in a bit of the surprise, after finally making an international final, the Brazilians are leaving the same four on their relay, and not using Cesar Cielo. They have, however, moved Marcelo Chierighini to their anchor leg.
Germany: Steffen Deibler/Markus Deibler/Fildebrandt/Colupaev