Day 4 Relay Lineups: U.S. Brings In The Big Guns On Mixed Medley


As expected, the United States has done a complete overhaul of its lineup for the final of the mixed medley relay, making them the big favorites for gold tonight in Doha.

Individual male world champions Hunter Armstrong and Nic Fink will lead things off on the back and breast legs, and then women’s 100 fly runner-up Claire Curzan and the fastest American in the women’s 100 free last year (and #2 all-time among Americans) Kate Douglass will bring things home.

All four members of the U.S. squad have won an individual title through three nights of racing in Doha, as in addition to Armstrong winning the men’s 100 back and Fink claiming the men’s 100 breast, Curzan topped the women’s 100 back field on Tuesday and Douglass was victorious in the women’s 200 IM on Monday.

The top-seeded team from Great Britain has switched both of their male swimmers, bringing in 100 breast bronze medalist Adam Peaty and Matt Richards on fly in exchange for James Wilby and Duncan Scott, while Medi Harris and Anna Hopkin remain. Hopkin had the fastest anchor split in the field this morning in 52.73.

The Aussies keep Bradley Woodward and Sam Williamson in the top two spots, but bring in Brianna Throssell and Shayna Jack on the back half. Throssell was 4th in the 100 fly on Day 2, while Jack is among the favorites in the 100 free and split 52.64 on the 400 free relay on Day 1.

There weren’t too many changes from the other teams, with Poland bringing in Jakub Majerski and Kasia Wasick on fly and free, Sweden switching in Bjorn Seeliger on the anchor leg and the Italians bringing in 100 breast silver medalist Nicolo Martinenghi. Greece and Japan made no changes from the prelims.

The Swedes opted not to use Sarah Sjostrom, who could’ve been a big add on the freestyle leg. However, with a lack of Swedish depth in men’s backstroke—they would have had to use Seeliger there, with his PB at 55.89 from 2018—it didn’t make sense. Louise Hansson won bronze in the women’s 100 fly and Sjostrom has steered away from that event in recent years.


  1. Sweden (Hanna Rosvall, Erik Persson, Louise Hansson, Bjorn Seeliger)
  2. Poland (Ksawery Masiuk, Dominika Sztandera, Jakub Majerski, Kasia Wasick)
  3. United States (Hunter Armstrong, Nic Fink, Claire Curzan, Kate Douglass)
  4. Great Britain (Medi Harris, Adam Peaty, Matt Richards, Anna Hopkin)
  5. Australia (Bradley Woodward, Sam Williamson, Brianna Throssell, Shayna Jack)
  6. Greece (Apostolos Christou, Arkadios Aspougalis, Anna Ntountounaki, Theodora Drakou)
  7. Japan (Osamu Kato, Ikuru Hiroshima, Chiharu Iitsuka, Nagisa Ikemoto)
  8. Italy (Michele Lamberti, Nicolo Martinenghi, Giulia D’Innocenzo, Chiara Tarantino)

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3 months ago

To describe the Douglas, the writer could have use “the fastest sprint relay swimmer in American history with recent 51.79”

3 months ago

Why sub Richards in for Scott in fly? Never seen him swim it or an IM

Brit swim fan
Reply to  brit
3 months ago

I guess because Scott will be in the IM semi only minutes before the relay starts.

Slightly surprised GB didn’t put Cox on the back leg, she seems to be in good form this week.

Reply to  brit
3 months ago

Programme is questionable. Razzetti finishing 200Fly to also do 200IM why wasn’t the 800 free in between? Would have thought Scott could manage, think of ISL

Brit swim fan
3 months ago

Anyone know if Richards is a good fly swimmer?

Scuncan Dott v2
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3 months ago

54.13 PB from March 2023 but he did say in an interview that he wanted to focus a bit more on it. 52.5 split’s my guess.

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James Sutherland

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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