Day 5 Relay Lineups: Cox, Flickinger Added To Women’s 4×200 Prelims


With only ten teams and one heat in the prelims of the women’s 4×200, it shapes up to be a tactical and possibly slow morning in the event. Teams who aren’t in the back fighting for a spot in the final may not give it everything they have, unless of course the particular swimmer(s) is fighting to earn a spot in the final themselves.

The Americans will use Hali Flickinger and Madisyn Cox on the morning relay, two swimmers who weren’t top-6 at U.S. Trials, in order to rest Mallory Comerford and Simone Manuel who both have 100 free prelims and semi-finals today as well. They’ll join Melanie Margalis and Cierra Runge, with Comerford and Manuel potentially swimming the final with Katie Ledecky and Leah Smith.

Most of the other teams have left room to insert their top swimmers tonight, including Australia with Emma McKeon, Canada with Penny Oleksiak, Russia with Veronika Popova and Hungary with Katinka Hosszu.

Heat 1

0. Italy (Mizzau, Pirozzi, Mascolo, Quadarella)

  1. Netherlands (Neumann, Heemskerk, Vermeulen, Delino)
  2. Russia (Ustinova, Andreeva, Guzhenkova, Openysheva)
  3. Canada (Savard, Harvey, Smith, Sanchez)
  4. USA (Margalis, Runge, Flickinger, Cox)
  5. Australia (Wilson, Ngawati, Jack, Neale)
  6. China (Zhang, Liu, Wang, Shen)
  7. Hungary (Kesely, Verraszto, Jakabos, Gyurinovics)
  8. Japan (Igarashi, Ikee, Aoki, Takano)
  9. Denmark (Bro, Hansen, Howardsen, Lund)

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Melanie Margalis swam her personal best at leadoff leg 1:56.58. Very good time. I think she deserved to be in final tonight. Who will be the fourth: Comerford or Manuel?

Peter L

Comerford, she finished 4th at trials. But again, we never know.


Comerford – much better at 200.


The difference in personal bests shown at trials is 0.16sec.
The question is if any of these girls agree to miss gold medal in relay. So we may see both of them in final. On the other hand they have some thoughts of staying fresh for tomorrow 100 final if they both advance.

Pau Hana

I think it will be a fresh set of 4 tonight, unless the coaches see something in one of Ledecky/Smith/Manuel/Comerford that we don’t see, or one of them passes on the relay.


I don’t think they’ll pass up Margalis, she was third at trials and did about a half second PB today.

Peter L

I like their lineup as it basically was “throw everyone who can swim a decent 200 free” in for a medal ?2 IMers, a 200flyer and 1 freestyler


I mean, you’re not wrong. But you have to admit that their ind. splits were fairly good for them depending on their stroke specialty and the overall outcome was great


Should it be two teams less in competition then anybody could swim in prelim: four breaststrokers , for instance.


Will win comfortably, CHN may be within 2-3 seconds but they lack a real “weapon”.Hard to see anyone else being much south of 7,49.
Not sure JAP has mega improvement on what we saw in heats.
AUS will bring in McKeon which could lift them by maybe 5sec but thats only to 7.49.
CAN bring in Oleksiak which may lift them around 4-5sec but that still leaves them around 7.50ish.
If anything HUN potentially has the most scope as their slowest swimmer was 2.00. Bring in Hosszu who’ll lift them at least 4sec. Add Kapas who should be at least 2 sec on whom they replace. Add the hometown crowd ….. and I think we may have our (slight surprise) bronze medallists


Will Aus bring in Titmus as well or is she around the same speed as the heat swimmers? Presumably they will swap out Neale who had the slowest swim?


Titmus PB is something like 1.57.9 and she only swam 1.58 in 200 heats here; essentially no appreciable enhancement on this morning’s performers. Think she will come in (most likely for Ngawati) and McKeon.

Am almost tempted to say to McKeon; if we’re already way out of it when you hit the water DON’T “bust yourself” on a forlorn hope. She’s still got other events that may pay higher dividends.


Yep, not sure what their medal chances are without Barratt this year.


Barratt had already flagged that she was retiring after Rio so that was a known “hit”. What has also happened is that Cook who swam a 1.56 split in Rio (and finalled 400) is on a “year out”. All that leaves you with is McKeon in terms of quality and hope that someone (hopefully young) will really step up

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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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