Campbell Splits 50.93 As Aussies Post 2nd Fastest Mixed Medley Ever


The Australian team of Mitch LarkinJake PackardEmma McKeon and Cate Campbell posted the 2nd fastest mixed 400 medley relay in history to win gold at the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo in a time of 3:38.91. That breaks the Commonwealth Record of 3:40.18 set just a few days ago by Great Britain at the European Championships, and takes out their Oceanian and Australian mark of 3:41.21 from the 2017 World Championships.

Larkin led off with his fastest 100 back of the year in 53.08, just behind Japan’s Ryosuke Irie (52.83), and Packard (58.68) and McKeon (56.22) had strong legs to keep the team within striking distance of Japan.

Campbell anchored the Aussies in 50.93, the fastest freestyle leg in history, as they roared past Japan for the gold. That split for Campbell eclipses her 51.00 from the Commonwealth Games.

Great Britain, 2018 Euros Australia, 2018 Pan Pacs
Georgia Davies – 59.12 Mitch Larkin – 53.08
Adam Peaty – 57.27 Jake Packard – 58.68
James Guy – 50.96 Emma McKeon – 56.22
Freya Anderson – 52.83 Cate Campbell – 50.93
3:40.18 3:38.91

Along with the top backstroke split from Irie, Japan had the fastest breast and fly legs in the field from Yasuhiro Koseki (58.57) and Rikako Ikee (55.53), and Tomomi Aoki brought them home in 54.05 as they set a new Asian Record in 3:40.98. That took out China’s 3:41.25 from the 2017 Worlds, and crushes their previous Japanese Record of 3:53.69.

The Americans were the heavy favorites coming in after setting the world record in Budapest last summer, but went with a questionable lineup and ultimately were back in 3rd place in 3:41.74.

The lineup they used last summer was man/woman/man/woman, and that was their expected lineup once again. Lilly King is the top female breaststroker in the field, either Ryan Murphy or Matt Grevers is the top male backstroker, and Caeleb Dressel and Simone Manuel are slam-dunk choices on the back end. The team of Grevers, King, Dressel and Manuel set the world record last summer in 3:38.56.

However, they opted to use Kathleen Baker on the backstroke leg and Michael Andrew on the breaststroke leg instead of Murphy/Grevers and King. Baker set a new world record at Nationals in the 100 back in 58.00, but was well off that here in 59.29. Andrew split 59.21, much better than he did individually earlier in the session (1:00.04), and Dressel (50.50) and Manuel (52.74) were both off their best but still solid. The team may have underperformed a bit, but it was the lineup choice that really hurt them.

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Love to Swim

When you have the men’s WR record holder, you just swim him.

It’s that simple.


Could say the same about Baker

Love to Swim

The delta between US men’s back and women’s back is bigger than in the other three legs.

So no, you don’t swim your female backstroker. You swim Ryan Murphy, especially to give mental advantage.

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But it’s better to start with a male if you can because you can get clean water. If you have both WR holders, male WR holder is the better choice.


The other two countries that placed led with male backstrokers. You need the clean water and the lead in the beginning


And the women’s WR holder in the 100 breast.


according to me, this should have been the lineup
or if they wanted to start with baker, they could have had baker,king,caeleb and adrian
would have easily won it.


Wasn’t this the relay lineup from World Champs? It’s astonishing that they changed it.


Ummmmmmm…… not necessarily . Australia was on fire .


Please show a bit of respect to Australia. With the swims of Dressel and Manuel they would have still been about a second behind Australia. Murphy 51.85 (unlikely), King 1:04.78 (individual swim with a perfect takeover), Dressel 50.50, Manuel 52.74 = 3:39.87


Already did the math and with USA’s best possible 4 (along with Manuel and Dressels swims) would of still finished 2nd.


The back half the the US relay was at a huge disadvantage, it’s hard to race when you’re that far behind, so I don’t blame slower splits


Pls let us know if there’s a YouTube video of the race .. for us poor Aussie swim fans..


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James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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