Day 5 Relay Lineups: Americans Go With Dirado On 4×200 Free


The relay lineups for tonight have been released, and it is Maya Dirado who gets the nod for the Americans in the 800 free relay. Neither Missy Franklin or Melanie Margalis (both 1:57.0) did anything special this morning, opening the door for the coaching staff to go off the board with Dirado.

Though she didn’t swim the race at Trials, Dirado has been on point all week winning silver in the 400 IM and bronze in the 200 IM. She swam a best time of 1:57.70 in early June which proved her ability in this race.

Take a look at the full lineups below:

  1. Japan (C.Igarashi, S.Mochida, T.Aoki, R.Ikee)
  2. Hungary (Z.Jakabos, A.Kesely, B.Kapas, K.Hosszu)
  3. China (S.Duo, A.Yanhan, D.Jie, Z.Yuhan)
  4. United States (A.Schmitt, L.Smith, M.Dirado, K.Ledecky)
  5. Australia (L.Neale, E.McKeon, B.Barratt, T.Cook)
  6. Russia (V.Popova, V.Andreeva, D.Ustinova, A.Openysheva)
  7. Canada (K.Savard, T.Ruck, B.Maclean, P.Oleksiak)
  8. Sweden (M.Coleman, I.Marko-Varga, S.Sjostrom, L.Hansson)

Along with the Americans adding Dirado, Katie Ledecky and Leah Smith to their lineup, five of the seven other teams also altered their lineup from the morning.

Hungary added Zsuzsanna Jakabos and removed Evelyn Verraszto, China added Shen Duo and removed Yang Shijia, and the Australians exchanged Jessica Ashwood for Emma McKeon.

The Russians moved out Daria Mullakaeva in favor of backstroke specialist Daria Ustinova, and the Canadians made two lineup changes, adding Penny Oleksiak and Brittany Maclean (who was reported sick this morning) in exchange for Emily Overholt and Kennedy Goss.

Sweden and Japan have gone with the same lineups as this morning, though Sweden has moved Sarah Sjostrom up one position from the anchor to 3rd.


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4 years ago

was the best choice.

4 years ago

Heartbreaking for Missy, really hope she pulls it together for the 200 back, this has been an awful year for her

Reply to  Kaez
4 years ago

She’ll get a medal and will spare her from another 1:57 split.

Reply to  Kaez
4 years ago

sometimes , a worst year is the best thing than can happen – for deeper changes

4 years ago

Clearly the best option given the sub-par splits this morning (outside of Schmitt) and Manuel swimming the 100 semi’s

About James Sutherland

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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