U.S. Team Breaks Mixed Medley Relay World Record

2017 FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

After seeing the lineups for this morning’s mixed medley relay, it’s no surprise that the U.S. team broke the world record in the prelims.

100 back bronze medalist and 2016 Olympic champion Ryan Murphy led them off in 52.34, a time faster than the gold medal winning time last night (though he had open water, and lead-off times in mixed events don’t officially count).

They then followed with individual medalists Kevin Cordes and Kelsi Worrell, rather than going with Trials runners-up Cody Miller and Sarah Gibson. Cordes split a solid 58.95, and Worrell followed up with a 56.17 on fly. Mallory Comerford, who set an American Record leading off the 400 free relay, anchored in 52.82 to give them a time of 3:40.28.

The swim breaks Great Britain’s world record of 3:41.71, set at the 2015 Championships when the mixed relays were first introduced on the LC World Championship stage.

Expect the U.S. to sub-in Matt Grevers and Simone Manuel for Murphy and Comerford in the final, while keeping on Cordes and Worrell. The Australians finished 2nd in 3:44.13, and have many potential substitutions to make including Mitch Larkin on back, Emma McKeon on fly and Bronte Campbell on free. Canada (3:44.46) and Great Britain (3:44.79) qualified 3rd and 4th.

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dmswim
4 years ago

What was their overall time? The article fails to mention it.

Zanna
Reply to  dmswim
4 years ago

3.40.28. It is mentioned in the article.

dmswim
Reply to  Zanna
4 years ago

My bad, this is what happens when you read swim news at 5 am.

100flyer
4 years ago

I’m a fan of Simone dont get me wrong but why simone should subtitue comerford? Comerford is the american record holder so she need to be on the final right? Shame that Ryan swam that time today and not yesterday but I hope he will come stronger in the 200

bobo gigi
Reply to  100flyer
4 years ago

You can’t compare Murphy’s performance in clear water in that useless mixed relay in prelims to his performance in the 100 back final against big rivals. Not the same pressure. Not the same context. Remember 2 years ago in Kazan when he swam very fast too in the morning in that mixed relay in 52.18. You swim very relax in that relay. Especially in prelims.

Daaaave
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Bobo, Ryan had a 16-year old Moldovan girl in the lane next to him, don’t say there was no pressure.

Frequentflyer
Reply to  Daaaave
4 years ago

Comment OTY

Pvdh
Reply to  Daaaave
4 years ago

Omg….I’m dying here

JP input is too short
Reply to  Daaaave
4 years ago

Daaave wins the internet for today.

Irish 415
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Ryan is the Olympic champion and current world record holder in the event. Let’s show some respect as he has proven he can perform on the biggest stage…

JohnJ
Reply to  100flyer
4 years ago

Agreed. No clue why they would put Comerford in prelims?. Comerford has come through over and beat Simone head to head, and broke American record.

Oh wait, Greg Meehan is the head coach. Question answered.

E Gamble
Reply to  100flyer
4 years ago

And Simone has the faster anchor split of this meet. …52.1. Mallory was 52.8 with a big lead and tranquil water.

JohnJ
Reply to  E Gamble
4 years ago

What incentive did Mallory have to rip an all out 100 this morning? She has done everything possible to be on the night relay, including a 52.5 flat start American record. 52.8 was plenty fast to get US into finals and keep her relatively fresh for 100 free. Her 52.5 crushes Simone’s 52.1 flying start. Simone should not be given any consideration for night relay over Simone.

Thomas Selig
4 years ago

I think you’re allowed to make as many changes as you want to. I don’t see GB changing the WMMW line-up TBH. Putting Davies in rather than Dawson suggests they were initially going to sub Dawson (and Peaty, obviously) in for the final. Davies having swum faster than Dawson’s PB might present a conundrum with respect to the first change, but I think they’ll stick with the order. The talk has been that CWH is ill, so maybe they want to give him as much time to recover as possible.

bobo gigi
4 years ago

I can’t believe that Mallory Comerford wasted her energy in that useless mixed relay! And maybe Simone will do the same tonight…. 🙄
PLEASE AMERICAN COACHES, LET YOUR BEST SPRINTERS STAY FRESH FOR THE 100 FREE INDIVIDUAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’m sad to see such a waste of talent! 😥
Mallory will probably swim the 4X200 free relay final tomorrow. I don’t know about Simone. Plus 2 rounds of 100 free. I hate to see that relay that day. Hopefully they will have enough gas to compete with Sjöström next Friday.

bobo gigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

I can’t believe USA has put its fastest male swimmers on back and breast and its fastest female swimmers on fly and free in prelims! What’s the use of that? What’s the use of breaking a world record in prelims? What’s the use of wasting the energy of your best swimmers? I can’t believe it! 🙄

100flyer
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Its an olympic event now, so they need to get use of using their best swimmers in prelims and finals. They didnt use their best swimmers on that relay in kazan (they put ryan who didnt swim the 100 that year and katie mclaughlin on the fly) but its wasnt an olympic event back than

NC Swim Fan
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Well if you can’t believe it, it just MUST be ridiculous….

As for explanations: Grevers has been faster than Murphy at both Trials and Worlds, Cordes has 50 breast final tonight, so inserting Miller and avoiding that evening double makes sense, Worrell has no more swims and the difference between her and Gibson is huge, so let her swim both rounds, and finally, Comerford and Manuel have been practically interchangeable with splits, so that’s a coin flip.

We alllllll understand that you don’t like the mixed relays. They are here to stay so get the heck over it.

He Gets It Done Again
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

They didn’t put their fastest swimmers on the morning relay. Tonight they will probably go with Grevers, King, Dressel, and Manuel

He Gets It Done Again
Reply to  He Gets It Done Again
4 years ago

Aaand I was right

E Gamble
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

BOBO GIGI I think you look at each race as leaving energy in the pool. And that is true. But the Americans train for these doubles and triples at the NCs. Simone and Caeleb had 14 swims in 4 days at NCs and set American records on the last day of the meet. And yes I know this is LCM….but they have practiced this. And remember Caeleb, Simone, Katie and many more swimming 2 and sometimes 3 events per day at the Arena Pro Series? This was all practice for this rigorous swim schedule. ?

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

there is no waste – only experience – and human’s best decisions . Thats it

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

if the 100 free is on friday , than no worries for both Us sprinters .

Hatt
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

I can’t believe that you write the same stuff over and over again. The chances are good that they don’t read it, write them on twitter or a mail.

G.I.N.A.
4 years ago

The US to win but the gap could be closer . Some good new is Aust used 3 newbies for under 4 sec gap. against 4 US record holders.

commonwombat
Reply to  G.I.N.A.
4 years ago

The gap between USA and the field will most likely tighten up a bit’ albeit there is a strong possibility that USA may push out the WR a little further. The question for the likes of GBR, AUS & to a degree RUS & CAN is …. is the outlay on THIS relay worth it as against what their top swimmers still have ahead of them. USA has the luxury of resting top seeds in their main relays which, at this meet, these other nations are lacking in varying degrees. The reality is that …. whatever changes they may ring, they’re still only playing for the minor coin. Two years time, I suspect teams will be larger and stronger and… Read more »

Thomas Selig
Reply to  commonwombat
4 years ago

For GB, the only swim Peaty has other than the 50 breast earlier in the evening is the medley relay on the final day, so don’t think it’s much of an ask for him to swim this evening, and the potential gains are obviously considerable. Guy still has a fair bit to do, but has tomorrow off, and putting him in the prelims suggests he’s happy to contribute. Dawson (if she’s subbed in) doesn’t have anymore swims to come, while Davies only has the 50 back (and there’s quite a gap between those semis and the MM relay final tonight). Anderson still has her individual swims to come, but those are more about gaining experience for her anyway, even making… Read more »

commonwombat
Reply to  Thomas Selig
4 years ago

I was talking about non-USA teams in general rather than specific. Looking at specifics, I will agree that GBR does have more scope to “play” in this event; on the other hand. CAN has less scope and AUS a significantly greater “risk factor” in trying to stack their team for what would only be a silver medal at best.

You say “even minor ones are not to be sniffed at” but is the price-tag going to be worth it ? For some teams, most certainly, for others its a far more nuanced decision. In two years time, I will fully agree that we will see most everyone seriously come out to play in this event …. but I can… Read more »

Drama King
Reply to  G.I.N.A.
4 years ago

Aussies will field Larkin-Wilson-Emma-Bronte.
Larkin to drop 7s from Kaylee’s 1.00.03
Wilson’s split will be the same 59.69
Emma to add 5s from Ervine’s 51.09
And Bronte to reduce 1s from Shayna’s swim.
So Aussies will drop 3 seconds from their preliminary round .
Possibly Silver.

commonwombat
Reply to  Drama King
4 years ago

Yes, C1 DID tout those changes on Ch7 but will they …. and is it really worth it ? I wouldn’t be risking C2’s shoulders for this one. Not even sure they should bother about McKeon … she’s got plenty else on her plate already with 100free (where she’ll be the no1 AUS), 4×200 and both heats and finals of 4XMED. GBR could drop 3sec by just adding Peaty so that silver is in doubt.

If AUS DID have the likes of Chalmers & C1 competing; Larkin in form and/or C2 fit, then certainly I’d be saying “go after this one” as I expect they will in 2 years time. Just think its questionable whether its worth it this time… Read more »

ERVINFORTHEWIN
4 years ago

yep

MichaelTran
4 years ago

I don’t know the choices of American coaches
They should keep Cordes, Murphy, Comerford as fresh as possible because they have some tough battles next few days. It will kill medal chances of Cordes in 50m breast especially 200m breast and also MC too.

JP input is too short
Reply to  MichaelTran
4 years ago

I really doubt a relaxed 58.9 relay split will have any effect on Cordes’s other events.

MichaelTran
4 years ago

The line-up with
Justin Ress 53.4
Cody Miller 59.2
Worrell 56.14
Neal 53.3
(Total 3:42.04)
Will qualify easily !!!!!!!!!

AvidSwimFan
Reply to  MichaelTran
4 years ago

Yes to all but Justin Ress. It should be Murphy. And seeing that Worrell only has the 50 fly to go she’s good for this but Cordes and Comerford had no business swimming this prelims. Maybe the final but not prelims. Should have been Murphy-Miller-Worrell-Neal.

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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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