|Crouching Start of Revenge!|
|Rōmaji||Setsujoku no Kurauchingu Sutaato!|
|Air Date||August 13, 2014|
|Animation Director||Shoko Ikeda|
|Opening||Dried Up Youthful Fame|
|← Episode 18||Episode 20 →|
Crouching Start of Revenge! (雪辱のクラウチングスタート！ Setsujoku no Kurauchingu Sutaato!) is the seventh episode of season two of the Free! anime and the ninteenth episode of the overall series. It aired on August 13, 2014.
Rin Matsuoka has chosen his team for the medley relay event, which includes Sosuke Yamazaki and Momotaro Mikoshiba. Aiichiro Nitori feels downhearted over not making the team, but receives some encouragement from Sosuke.
Calls from scouts have come for both Haruka Nanase and Rin. Rin confronts Sosuke over his recent behaviour, to which he responds that he has not yet found what he is looking for.
After receiving some encouragement from Rei Ryugazaki, who tells him to be true to his "free" self, Haru comes up with a training regime to improve their relay times. Later, Gou spots Sosuke as he skips his team practice.
List of characters in order of appearance:
- Prior to Eternal Summer's English DVD release by Funimation the episode was called 'The Crouching Start of Vindication!' in English