2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
The United Statesâ€™ dominance continues into the mixed 4Ã—100 free relay, where they have won 2 consecutive world titles since its addition in 2015. Looking to gain their first medal in this event are the Aussies, who are putting in top sprinting machines to accomplish this feat. 2017 medalists Canada and the Netherlands have also thrown in strong female sprinters to close out their relays.
Top 8 Relay Line-Ups:
- Japan- Nakamura, Matsumoto, Omoto, Sato
- Italy- Frigo, Miressi, Bianchi, Pellegrini
- Canada- Thormeyer, Kisil, Ruck, Oleksiak
- USA- Dressel, Apple, Comerford, Manuel
- Australia- Chalmers, Lewis, McKeon, B. Campbell
- France- Mignon, Metella, Bonnet, Wattel
- Russia- Grinev, Morozov, Kameneva, Ustinova
- Netherlands- Stolk, Puts, Heemskerk, Kromowidjojo
After swimming a 46.86 during the menâ€™s 4Ã—100 free relay, Zach Apple earned a spot on this eveningâ€™s mixed free relay. Apple will swim alongside 2017 world title members Caeleb Dressel, Mallory Comerford, and Simone Manuel. With Comerford and Manuelâ€™s sub-52 potential, the Americans will once again have an unstoppable sprint relay.
The Aussies are flexing the big guns with sub-48 swimmers Clyde Lewis and Kyle Chalmers representing the green and gold. Versatile sprinter Emma McKeon is scheduled to join the relay as is Bronte Campbell, who both are poised to split sub-53 swims.
As one could predict, Taylor Ruck and defending Olympic champion Penny Oleksiak will join the Canadian relays alongside Markus Thormeyer and Suri Kisil. During the womenâ€™s 4Ã—100 free relay final, Oleksiak popped a 52.69 split while Ruck busted out a 52.19 split, making the back half of this relay a huge weapon.
Another relay with great back half swimmers, accomplished sprinters Femke Heemskerk and Ranomi Kromowidjojo will valiantly close the relay with their sub-53 power. Both male swimmers Kyle Stolk and Jesse Puts put up 48-mids during their time in Gwangju and should set up their female counterparts for a thrilling finish.