YOU CANNOT QUESTION MEGAN ROMANO’S RELAY ABILITIES!
Megan Romano stepped up on Sunday morning’s prelims at the 2013 FINA World Championships and made official what we’ve been saying: she is a relay monster, and needs to be on every American freestyle relay between now and Rio, regardless of what happens at trials.
She split a 53.24 in prelims on the anchor leg, and that was enough to earn her a spot on the finals’ relay, along with Missy Franklin, Natalie Coughlin, and Shannon Vreeland. They’ll need her to do it again if the Americans are going to have any shot at holding off the defending Olympic champion Australians.
The Americans chose Coughlin over Manuel, despite on actual “block-to-finish” time Manuel being a bit faster.
The Australians, meanwhile, will have an all-star lineup of Cate Campbell leading off, Bronte behind her, then Emma McKeon and Alicia Coutts finishing things off. McKeon got the call-up after splitting 53.71 in prelims on a rolling start.
The full relay lineups:
Canada: Poon/Mainville/van Landeghem/Cheverton
Australia: Cate Campbell/Bronte Capbell/McKeon/Coutts