2022 World Championships: Day 1 Relay Lineups; No Kibler for US


This morning’s prelims relay splits were very fast for the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay. Some of the top teams heading into tonight left a swimmer (or two) off this morning’s prelims race to allow them to be rested for tonight’s final.

After leaving Caeleb Dressel and Drew Kibler off the relay this morning, the US has swapped out Dressel and Hunter Armstrong. Kibler will not be swimming the relay altogether which is indeed allowed because Kibler is not just a relay-only swimmer and is swimming in the individual 200 freestyle later in the meet. Armstrong led off in a 48.34 this morning, the third-fastest flat start of the field but is replaced by Dressel who has a best time of 46.96 which is just off of the World Record of 46.91. The rest of the US relay was kept in the same order.

Australia decided to not switch anyone out even after leaving Zac Incerti off this morning’s prelims race. The whole relay is staying in the same order as this morning.

Although Hungary did not have anyone in reserves after this morning, the host country decided to switch the order up. This morning’s race went Szebasztian Szabo, Kristof Milak, Richard Bohus, and Nandor Nemeth. Tonight the four will go in order of Nemeth, Szabo, Bohus, and Milak as the anchor. Milak had the fifth fastest rolling split of the morning and now will attempt to bring Hungary home strong.

Great Britain left Tom Dean off this morning’s swim and have decided to use him as the anchor tonight. Off of their relay is James Guy. Their order has been slightly switched as Jacob Whittle moved up from anchor this morning into Guy’s second leg. Dean takes Whittle’s anchor slot from the morning.

Canada switched their order up from this morning going from Ruslan Gaziev, Yuri Kisil, Javier Acevedo, and Josh Liendo to Liendo, Gaziev, Acevedo, and Kisil as the anchor. Notably, Liendo had the fourth fastest rolling start of the morning and now will be swimming off a flat start.

Italy and Brazil have both kept the exact same roster in the same order from this morning for tonight.

Serbia switched their second and third swimmers from Uros Nikolic and Andrej Barna to Barna and then Nikolic tonight. Notably, Barna had the third-fastest rolling start of prelims.

Relay Start List

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