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adjective, noun - Hybrid or hybrid formation refers to a variety of formations used by a 3-person relay team during a team pursuit open water swimming competition. At various points or intervals in a team pursuit competition, the swimmers may use different strategies and formations including the tripod, arrow, or beeline formation.

The team from Hong Kong used a hydrid of formations during the team pursuit race at the World Championships.

Team Pursuit Positions

Tripod or rotating arrow - formation shaped like an arrow with occasional changes of positions among the 3 swimmers
Arrow - no change in the positions among the 3 swimmers
Beeline formation - swimmers draft directly behind one another throughout the race
Rotating beeline or peloton - swimmers draft directly behind one another throughout the race, occasionally rotating positions
Hybrid - a combination of one or more of the other drafting techniques and formations

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