Day 1 Relay Lineups: Ledecky, Vollmer To Swim 400 Free Relay Final


After this morning’s prelims there were bound to be changes to the women’s 400 free relay lineups for finals. Many teams didn’t utilize their top sprinters, including the Americans, Canadians and the Netherlands. Check out the full relay lineups for tonight below (listed in their respective lanes for the final).

  1. Japan (M.Uchida, R.Ikee, M.Yamaguchi, Y.Matsumoto)
  2. Netherlands (M.Steenbergen, F.Heemskerk, I.Dekker, R.Kromowidjojo)
  3. Canada (S.Mainville, C.van Landeghem, T.Ruck, P.Oleksiak)
  4. Australia (E.McKeon, B.Elmslie, B.Campbell, C.Campbell)
  5. United States (S.Manuel, A.Weitzeil, D.Vollmer, K.Ledecky)
  6. Italy (E.Ferraioli, S.Di Pietro, A.Pezzato, F.Pellegrini)
  7. Sweden (M.Coleman, S.Sjostrom, I.Marko-Varga, L.Hansson)
  8. France (B.Gastaldello, C.Bonnet, M.Cini, A.Santamans)

Five of the eight teams in the final made changes from the morning, with the Americans the only team to exchange more than one. Out comes Amanda WeirLia Neal and Allison Schmitt and in comes Abbey WeitzeilSimone Manuel and Dana Vollmer. Weitzeil and Manuel are no surprise, as they finished 1-2 at Trials, but Vollmer is somewhat of a surprising add after finishing 6th at Trials. Weir was a solid 53.60 lead-off this morning, but the coaches decided to gamble and go with the experienced Vollmer.

The Australians, as expected, exchanged Madison Wilson (who led off in 54.11) for Emma McKeon, while the Canadians exchanged Michelle Williams (53.73 morning split) for Penny Oleksiak. Both McKeon and Oleksiak will also swim the 100 fly semis tonight.

The Netherlands took out Maud van der Meer (53.88 morning split) in exchange for their top gun Ranomi Kromowidjojo. Though van der Meer swam faster than Inge Dekker (54.75 lead-off) and Femke Heemskerk (54.00 split) this morning, the coaches decided to go with the veterans and have faith they’ll come through in the final.

The other change came from Sweden, who exchanged Ida Lindborg (54.77 split) for Ida Marko-Varga.

Check out the full relay lineups here.



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Lp Man
4 years ago

Don’t like this call. Weir should be in

4 years ago

Hope Dana goes 53.0 or faster tonight! Surely she showed them something in training camp to justify this decision?

4 years ago

She must have busted out a time in practice…otherwise this makes no sense.

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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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