Bremerton’s Olympic champion Nathan Adrian led off the 4×100-meter freestyle relay on the first day of the swimming competition Sunday at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona.
Adrian gave the Americans a lead with a 47.95 split in his first race of the meet. He didn’t swim in the morning prelims. Adrian had the fastest start (.67 seconds off the block) and was fastest at the 50 split (22.31), ahead of Australia’s James Magnussen (48.00), France’s Yannick Agnel (48.76) and Russia’s Andrey Grechin (48.09).
Ryan Lochte dropped the U.S. to second but Anthony Ervin blazed to a 47.44 split (the best of the four) and Jimmy Feigen anchored in 48.23, but it wasn’t enough as France, like they did at the Olympics last year, out-touched the Americans at the wall. Jeremy Stravius of France just got his hand on the wall ahead of Feigen in 3:11.18 to 3:11.42.
In a bit of an editorial opinion here (granted I’m not in Barcelona and can’t ask Team USA’s coaches this question), but why was Nathan not the anchor?
I think he’s proven that’s where you put your best, most experienced swimmer. There was some talk after the London Olympics as to why Nathan wasn’t the anchor and the same thing happened there that happened in Barcelona. The U.S. was edged at the wall by France. Nathan is so good at closing it’s would be hard not to put him in the four spot.
It seems like there is some sort of desire to constantly have him clashing with Magnussen. Why? Enough already! Don’t worry about what the Aussies or anyone else is doing. Put together the best American lineup and let the men do what they do best.
Keep Nathan Adrian on the anchor.