American Pull Up One Prelims Swimmer to Join Finals 800 Free Relay

The start lists for finals have been posted, and the United States will call up Karlee Bispo to join Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky, and Shannon Vreeland in the finals of the women’s 800 free relay.

Bispo was the fastest ‘in the water’ of the American prelims swimmers, splitting 1:57.74 on a conservative start, and that lead her to being pulled up to the finals relay. Recall that she was only 7th in the 200 free at the U.S. World Championship Trials, but when Ledecky scratched the individual 200 free for Worlds, Bispo got called up onto the team.

The Americans will lead off with Katie Ledecky this time, followed by Vreeland, Bispo, and Franklin. That’s not a typical relay position for Franklin, but with how well she’s been swimming, they’ll have every confidence in her coming home.

The Aussies, the 3rd seed, have pulled in Kylie Palmer and Bronte Barratt to replace Emma McKeon and Ami Matsuo from the prelims. They will end with Brittany Elmslie and again Alicia Coutts: maintaining their confidence in her even after giving up the lead in the 400 free relay.

The Chinese, who were the fastest in the morning, have made only one swap: exchanging their 1:59.1 anchor Wenqing Zheng out for Yuhan Qiu, which should net them at least two seconds.

Full finals relay lineups, in lane order, are below:

Kapan – Igarashi, Ueda, Miyamoto, Takano
France – Muffat, Bonnet, Lazare, Balmy
USA – Ledecky, Vreeland, Bispo, Franklin
China – Ye, Shao, Guo, Qiu
Australia – Barratt, Palmer, Elmslie, Coutts
Spain – Costa-Schmid, Castro-Ortega Belmonte-Garcia, Gomez-Cortes
Canada – Cheverton, Jardin, MacLean, King
Italy – Mizzau, de Memme, Carli, Pellegrini

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Philip Johnson
8 years ago

Ledecky leading off! I’m calling a 1:54, lower than Franklin’s winning 200 time.

Reply to  Philip Johnson
8 years ago

Before her 400 free I would have said that was beyond her reach, but now I think she’s capable of it.

8 years ago

The USA should crush this. I am too excited to see what Ledecky can do in the 200 as lead off.

bobo gigi
8 years ago

4 logical names.
While I wouldn’t have chosen this order, I can’t wait to see what Katie will do as starter.

8 years ago

Actually it may be a bit closer than you think. Question marks on both USA and AUS sides. But Ledecky and Franklin should seal the deal.

bobo gigi
Reply to  liquidassets
8 years ago

4 fresh Australian girls while on the American’s side we have 2 girls who will swim the 100 free semi-finals before.
Star power for USA.
Fresher swimmers for Australia.

bobo gigi
8 years ago

And Camille who will swim near Katie on the first leg! She has already been traumatized in the 400 free. It could be another nightmare for her tonight.

8 years ago

I hope she has a good finish to what hasn’t been a great meet for her.

8 years ago

China is leading of with ye shewin!!!!!!! i really interested to see how that goes!!!!!!

8 years ago

Harsh call re: Coutts. The 4×100 was after she’d swam 2 semis that night. Fresh tonight it could be a very different story.

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