Australian Women Break Meet Record to Complete Relay Sweep


The Australian women polished off a sweep of the women’s relays on Sunday at the 2018 Pan Pac Championships by winning the 400 medley in 3:52.74. That breaks the old Championship Record of 3;55.23 done at the 2010 edition of this meet, and in fact, the top 4 teams (Australia, USA, Japan, Canada) were all faster than that old record.

The Australian medley relay of Emily SeebohmJessica HansenEmma McKeon, and Cate Campbell were faster than the record-line on every split except for breaststroke. Australia’s is also the fastest 400 medley relay in the world this year, knocking off Russia, who swam a Championship Record of their own at Euros in 3:54.22.

New Record Splits Old Record Splits
Seebohm 59.28 Coughlin 59.85
Hansen 1:05.82 Soni 1:05.35
McKeon 56.45 Vollmer 56.91
C. Campbell 51.19 Hardy 53.12
3:52.74 3:55.23

The time is still slower than the World Record done by the Americans at last year’s World Championships in 3:51.55.

The biggest placewhere Australia still has the ability to drop time includes the backstroke, where Seebohm can drop a second at her best. On Sunday, the Americans were off their World Record pace on every leg aside from freestyle anchor Simone Manuel, who split 52.22 – .01 better than she was at Worlds.

But even in that vein, Campbell was a full second better on Sunday, anchoring in 51.19 – just off her mixed medley anchor leg of 50.93 from day 1 of this meet that was the fastest ever.

Emma McKeon is the only swimmer who was a member of all 3 winning Australian women’s relays; she was also on the Oceania-Record-breaking 400 mixed medley.

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2 years ago

The Americans were very disappointing in the relays this year, even in Kazan they still managed to take relay wins

Reply to  Nswim
2 years ago

Considering the men’s free relays lost both Phelps AND Lochte, I’d say the replacements really stepped up.

2 years ago

50.93 not 59.93 in mixed medley

DJ Boomer
2 years ago

50.93, not 59.93

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