2016 Rio Olympic Games
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Swimming: August 6-13
- Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro
- Day 1 Schedule & Results
- Live Stream (NBC)
The women’s 400 free relay will be contested on day one, with 16 teams vying for the eight spots in the final. The defending Olympic champions and the 2015 World Champions are the Australians, who boast the lethal combination of Cate Campbell and her sister Bronte Campbell. Bronte was the world champion last year, while Cate recently broke the 100 free world record.
The Australians, along with the Americans, will swim in heat two, while their toughest competition, the Netherlands, swim in heat one. Here’s a look at the complete relay lineups for this mornings session.
- Poland (K.Wilk, A.Tchorz, A.Urbanczyk, A.Dowgiert)
- Japan (M.Uchida, R.Ikee, M.Yamaguchi, Y.Matsumoto)
- Italy (E.Ferraraioli, S.di Pietro, A.Pezzato, F.Pellegrini)
- Netherlands (I.Dekker, M.Steenbergen, M.van der Meer, F.Heemskerk)
- Sweden (M.Coleman, L.Hansson, I.Lindborg, S.Sjostrom)
- China (M.Zhu, M.Sun, Y.Tang, D.Shen)
- Denmark (P.Blume, J.Jensen, S.Bro, M.Nielsen)
- Israel (K.Siebner, Z.Shikler, A.Ivry, A.Murez)
- Spain (F.Gallardo Carapeto, M.Gonzalez Crivillers, P.Castro Ortega, M.Costa Schmid)
- France (B.Gastaldello, C.Bonnet, M.Cini, A.Santamans)
- Canada (S.Mainville, C.van Landeghem, M.Williams, T.Ruck)
- Australia (M.Wilson, B.Elmslie, B.Campbell, C.Campbell)
- United States (A.Weir, L.Neal, A.Schmitt, K.Ledecky)
- Brazil (L.Oliveira, E.Medeiros, D.de Paula, M.Lyrio)
- Russian Federation (V.Popova, V.Andreeva, R.Nasretdinova, N.Lovtcova)
- Switzerland (M.Ugolkova, A.Touretski, D.Villars, N.Girardet)
A few things jump out when looking at the lineups for this mornings relay, including the Australians putting their top two swimmers, Cate and Bronte Campbell, on the prelim lineup. They’ll be joined by Madison Wilson and Brittany Elmslie. Emma McKeon (swimming the 100 fly this morning), will likely come into the final, replacing the slower of Wilson and Elmslie from this morning.
Of note on the American relay is Katie Ledecky, who will anchor the squad despite finishing 7th in the 100 free final in Omaha. Joining her are Amanda Weir, Lia Neal and Allison Schmitt. Their finals relay will feature Abbey Weitzeil and Simone Manuel, who finished 1-2 at Trials, along with the fastest two from prelims (most likely). Dana Vollmer finished 6th at Trials, but with the 100 fly on the same day, will sit this morning’s relay out. She could be put on the finals relay, but it seems unlikely at this point.
Other lineups of note are the Netherlands not including Ranomi Kromowidjojo on their prelim squad, though they have Femke Heemskerk anchoring. The Canadians are using Taylor Ruck this morning, with Penny Oleksiak likely to fill in for her tonight for finals (or the slowest morning swimmer). Sarah Sjostrom will anchor the Swedes.
Check out the full relay lineups here.