USA Finds Redemption in Mixed Medley Relay


USA, Canada, Mexico and Aruba were all represented in the finals and semi-finals on Day 4 of the 2022 FINA World Championships. Team USA once again leads the medal tally, though that Canada advances several swimmers to various events in the final session on Day 5. Let’s go.

Team USA’s Mixed Medley Relay Wins Gold

Eventually Team USA opted for the traditional male-male-female-female formation for the 4x100m mixed medley relay, and it paid off. This is especially notable as Team USA had no superstars. Celebrity Dressel Where ryan murphy swim the butterfly or backstroke, respectively.

Last summer at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Team USA placed a disappointing 5th with a time of 3:40.58. Tuesday in Budapest, the American team managed a time of 3:38.79. Although the whole field was slower this summer than at the Olympics, the strategy clearly paid off for the Americans, who last summer used a man-woman-man-woman strategy.

More importantly, Team USA opted for a male breaststroke swimmer in Budapest, the discipline with the largest split between male and female swimmers. Team USA coaches still have a long course world championship to get the mixed medley relay formula right before the 2024 Paris Olympics, though the strategy used in Budapest seems worth replicating in the future.

Comparison of splits

Celebrity Dressel Scratches 100 free semi-finals

Perhaps the biggest surprise on Day 4 was the removal of Celebrity Dressel of 100 free. Dressel qualified 2nd behind the Romanians David Popovici in the preliminaries, but scratched the semi-finals for unspecified medical reasons. It also took Dressel out of the mixed 4 x 100 medley relay, where he could have swum the butterfly or the free leg.

It is unclear if Dressel will swim the remainder of the competition. Otherwise, he will not be able to defend his titles in the 50 free and 100 butterfly and will be absent from the men’s 4 x 100 medley relay.

Dressel is the reigning 2017 and 2019 world champion in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly, and the 2019 and 2022 champion in the 50 butterfly. Dressel also won gold in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 butterfly at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The match between Popovici and Dressel in the 100 free was one of the most anticipated races of the competition, if not the most anticipated. . Without Dressel, Popovici, who set the junior world record in the semi-finals with a 47.13, is now the heavy favorite in the race.

Fink and Andrew take gold and bronze in 50 breaststroke

The United States team Nick Fink became the first American to win the 50m breaststroke at the World Long Course Championships, posting a 26.45 to surpass the 100m breaststroke champion Nicolo Martinenghi of Italy by 0.03. fellow american Michael Andre placed 3rd in 26.72, earning his second bronze medal of the competition. Fink took silver in the 100m breaststroke behind Martinenghi and will also compete in the 200m breaststroke in Budapest.

Finke backs Tokyo 800 freestyle title

Bobby Finke made Olympic history by winning the 800m and 1500m freestyle at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the first of which had never been contested in a men’s Olympics. Finke suffered a bout of Covid in early 2022 that knocked him out of the SEC championships and marred his performances in the NCAA a bit. While Finke won the 800 and 1500 at the American trials, he was going to have to prove that Tokyo was no fluke in Budapest.

Although his margin of victory in the 800m in Budapest was narrower than the margin in Tokyo last summer, Finke still showed his supernatural closing speed, clocking 25.93 in the last 16th and 50th. meters in the 800m, winning the gold medal in a new American race. Record of 7:39.36, overtaking Germany Florian Wellbrock by only 0.27, despite a 4th place finish at the 750 meter turn.

Semi-finals and swimming without a podium

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games silver and bronze medalists in the women’s 200m butterfly Regan Smith and Status flicker both advance to women’s 200m butterfly final in Budapest, though Flickinger places 2nd and Smith 3rd behind Canada Summer McIntoshwhich lowered the junior world record for the event to 2:05.79, cleaving a full half-second off the mark set in 2017 by Japan Suzuka Hasegawa. from Mexico Maria Jose Mata Cocco placed 11th in the race with a time of 2:09.78. Mata Cocco lowered the Mexican national record in the race earlier in the preliminaries, posting a time of 2:09.32.

Both Carson Foster and Hunt Kalisz qualify for the men’s 200 IM final, ranked 2nd and 3rd respectively behind the 400 IM champion and the runner-up in the 200 butterfly Leon Marchand of France.

Canada and USA will occupy 4 of the 8 lanes in the women’s 50m backstroke final. Kylie Masse is the top qualifier, followed by Smith, with Ingrid Wilme comes 4th and Catherine Berkoff 6th. It may also provide a preview of the upcoming Commonwealth Games as Australia Kaylee McKeown will go into the final 6th seed while Great Britain Medi Harris will hold the 8th seed. Harris advances to the final after winning a play-off when initially tied for 8th with Italy Silvia Scaliabut we’ll save that story for the European recap.

Although Dressel will not swim the 100m freestyle final, the United States will be represented by Brooks Curry, who enters the final 7th seed with a 47.90. from Canada Josh Liendo will also compete in the men’s 100 freestyle final, seeded 3rd, although Ruslan Gaziev placed 16th in the semi-finals. It’s just behind Aruba Michael Schreuders who finished 15th in 48.73, after posting a new Aruba national record in the prelims event of 48.40.

finally american Luke screams finished 5th in the men’s 200m butterfly, while the Canadian Taylor Ruck tied for 6th in the women’s 200 freestyle.

National Records — Day 4

  • Nick Fink takes the American record in the men’s 50m breaststroke in 26.45 (final).
  • adolescent phenomenon Summer McIntosh posted a time of 2:05.79 in the women’s 200m butterfly for a new junior world record and a Canadian national record (semi-finals).
  • from Mexico Maria Jose Mata Cocco lowered the Mexican national record in the women’s 200 butterfly preliminaries with a time of 2:09.32.
  • Aruba Michael Schreuders set a new Aruba national record in the men’s 100 freestyle preliminaries with a 48.40.

North American Medal Chart — Day 4

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
UNITED STATES ten 3 9 22
Canada 0 3 0 3
ten 6 9 25

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