Watch The American Men’s 4×100 Freestyle Relay Clock 3:03.03 WR


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The American men took down the World Record in the 4x100m freestyle relay to conclude night 1 of the 2018 FINA Short Course World Championships. The combination of Caeleb Dressel (45.66), Blake Pieroni (45.75), Michael Chadwick (45.86) and Ryan Held (45.76) joined forces to clock a monster time of 3:03.03, overtaking the previous WR mark of 3:03.30 also set by the stars n’ stripes back in 2009.

Dressel’s lead-off checked-in as a new American Record in itself, while the U.S. squad represented the only team of the field in which all 4 relay members notched 45-point efforts.

Russia’s Vlad Morozov raced the fastest non-lead-off split in 45.06, but even that wasn’t enough to catch the Americans. Russia touched just .08 behind in 3:03.11 for silver tonight. Additional Russian splits included: Vladislav Grinev (46.38), Sergei Fesikov (46.21) and Kliment Kolsnikov (45.46) as anchor.

Watch how the entire race unfolded below, courtesy of Alex Muni and you can read more about the World Record here.



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Michael Andrew

The Dream Team!


two things…
– day 1 and rowdy is already getting confused about who broke the world record earlier that day.
– are the swimmers not allowed to get out of their own lane? having them scoot to the side while the race is going on, and having people flip with other teams’ swimmers crossing their lanes looks like absolute amateur hour. it’s amazing no one flips into another person


If they re going 45’s, that means from the time a swimmer touches the wall, they have no more than 22 seconds to exit the pool. Given this is meters, even though in USA they get out of the pool by the time the other swimmer gets back for their 50 turn, it’s possible swimmers are gassed even more because of the extra distance the swimmer is racing compared to the short course yards…and just to get their breath, or going the speed they are going, there just isn’t enough time to hop out…you see one guy was going to slide out the side of the pool, but he didn’t have enough time to cross over a lane to get… Read more »


My question is why are they forced to exit at the side of the pool? (They’re all getting out at the side it seems, and all causing issues, so I don’t know to which one you’re referring)These athletes would have no problem getting out at the end of their lane, like they are mandated to in NCAA competition.

In no world will I ever believe that the explanation is that they are way too gassed to get out of their own lane in time. In NCAA they have less than 20 seconds to hop out and there has never been a problem with that that I can recall.


You are not allowed just to hop out, you have to leave from lane 0 or 9


But why?? That is such a horrible rule in a short course relay format


I agree. It seems so unprofessional. Maybe they are worried the swimmers will touch the timing pads?


That is probably correct. That sometimes happens at my high school swim meets, so they have to rely on stopwatches.

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That was tacky… hanging on the lane lines.Some neighborhood level, weekend summer league stuff. They get out for SCY meets at championship levels, with even less time to get out. Hey FINA, instead of focusing on trying to keep pro’s poor, maybe clean up your world cup standards so your underpaid pro’s know how to make championships professional.


Classic Rowdy, doesn’t know who hold record even though its was set just a few hours earlier.


If you want perspective go back and listen to the PanPacs Fred and be thankful

Sir Swimsalot

Very true




And if you want to cry tears of sadness, go listen to 2018 NCAA’s and wish Livestream Andy was in Hangzhou

Steve Nolan

RIP Livestream Andy


Was he the “full of swimming guy”?


I miss Livestream Andy! Ah the good ol days.

running start to touch backstroke flags

The feeling now is, Rowdy is chasing his excitement levels of the past to stay relevant and it’s at the peril of accuracy. I am a huge Rowdy fan but we need someone who is consistently sharp about swimming and also excited. It’s not a big ask. It’s his job. He needs to know this stuff.

About Retta Race

Retta Race

After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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