Canadian Women’s 400 Free Relay DQed After Swimming The Wrong Order

2016 SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

After initially touching second in the women’s 400 free relay final tonight at the Short Course World Championships, the Canadian women saw their silver medal stripped away from them after getting disqualified. Usually DQs in relays are because of a false start, almost always actually. But that wasn’t the case this time, as the Canadians swam the wrong order as was printed on the heat sheets.

100 free Olympic gold medalist Penny Oleksiak was slated to swim the third leg, and Michelle Williams the anchor. But they flip-flopped, and Oleksiak anchored and Williams went third. The announcer was referring to Williams as Oleksiak, with Oleksiak clearly still waiting on the blocks ready to swim the anchor. The mistake is silly, though it’s not the first time. A few years ago the University of British Columbia men were disqualified for the same reason in the 4×200 free relay at the CIS Championships, forcing them to relinquish the gold medal.

Unaffected, the American women won the gold medal in 3:28.82 out of lane 1, with Amanda WeirKelsi WorrellMadison Kennedy and Mallory Comerford combining for the victory. Worrell’s leg of 51.04 was particularly impressive, standing as the fastest in the field.

Jumping over the Canadians who clocked 3:29.62 before being disqualified was Italy (3:30.28) and the Netherlands (3:31.10), who won the silver and bronze medals.

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Bill Greenizan

Embarrassing snafu for Swimming Canada.

6.25 METER IM

Worrell Ownage beating the artist-formerly-known-as Penny Ownage <3.

bobo gigi

That’s awful to do that at home.

northern light

The team swam in the correct order. The mistake was on the submitted order.

AvidSwimFan

The submitted order is the correct order. If they wanted it the way they swam it, they should have submitted that order.

OLDSCHOOLFAN

The coaches have taken full responsibility for the administrative blunder. The girls swam in the order the coaches had instructed them to swim in. There were supposedly procedures that prevent this kind of screw up – but the procedures were not followed.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

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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