Australia Breaks Junior World Record In 400m Freestyle Relay

To finish off the 5th day of competition at the Junior World Championships, the Australian quartet of Shayna JackMinna AthertonGemma Cooney and Lucy Elizabeth McJannett won the women’s 400m freestyle relay in a new junior world and championship record of 3:39.87.

That time erased the former championship record of 3:41.40 set by the Russians in 2013 in Dubai, and the junior world record established by the United States (3:40.14) at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Maui in 2014.

Also under the junior world record was Russia who finished 2nd in 3:39.91. The Russians were anchored by rising star Daria Ustinova in 54.50. The Canadian team featuring Penny Oleksiak (55.35) and Taylor Ruck (53.74) finished 3rd in 3:40.26. Ruck’s split of 53.74 was the fastest in the field, and the only one under 54 seconds.

A Comparsion of the splits of Team Australia in Singapore versus the former junior world record holding Americans:

Australia, 2015                                             USA, 2014

 1) Shayna Jack          54.91                              1) Stanzi Moseley         55.66

2) Minna Atherton    55.93                              2) Amy Bilquist            55.00

3) Gemma Cooney     54.65                             3) Katie Drabot             54.46

4)  Lucy McJannett    54.38                             4) Katrina Konopka    55.02

3:39.87                                                                       3:40.14


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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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