Day 5 Relay Lineups: Margalis Stays, Comerford Comes In For U.S. 4×200


Six of the eight teams have made at least one substitution for tonight’s women’s 4×200 freestyle relay, including three from the United States.

Melanie Margalis led off the prelims in a best time of 1:56.58, earning a berth on the finals relay. She’s joined by individual 200 representatives Katie Ledecky and Leah Smith, and Mallory Comerford. The lineup ends up being the top four finishers at U.S. Trials.

The Australians have made a pair of moves, subbing in Emma McKeon and Ariarne Titmus for Leah Neale and Shayna Jack.

The top seeded Chinese have made two moves, bringing in Ai Yanhan and rising youngster Li Bingjie. Hungary brings in Katinka Hosszu, Russia brings in Veronika Popova, and the Canadians bring in Mackenzie Padington.

Canada, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalists, likely forfeit any shot of a medal as they opt not to bring in Penny Oleksiak.

The Netherlands and Japan are the two teams who stand pat from the morning.

Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Final

  1. Hungary (Kesely, Jakabos, Verraszto, Hosszu)
  2. Netherlands (Neumann, Heemskerk, Vermeulen, Delno)
  3. USA (Smith, Comerford, Margalis, Ledecky)
  4. China (Ai, Liu, Zhang, Li)
  5. Japan (Igarashi, Ikee, Aoki, Takano)
  6. Australia (Wilson, McKeon, Ngawati, Titmus)
  7. Russia (Popova, Andreeva, Ustinova, Openysheva)
  8. Canada (Harvey, Smith, Savard, Padington)

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but Meehan hates comerford and is only trying to pad Simone’s medal count!


He’s obviously wearing out Comerford in order to boost Simone’s chances in the individual event
#nextlevelthinking ?


Give them time, giving this relay to Comerford will be to give Manuel an edge on Comerford in the 100 free.


First everyone complains about Meehan putting Simone on the mixed medley relay even though Comerford beat her at trials but now when Comerford is put on the relay like everyone says is SUPPOSED to happen when someone goes faster at trials, everyone thinks it’s because he has ulterior motives… you people are annoying.


I think you need to turn on your sarcasm-detector


I would if their sarcasm wasn’t doused in latent hatred for Simone being the #1 US women’s sprinter. People have been complaining for days; I see what is really going on.


I for one was being sarcastic. I don’t think Meehan is trying to tire Comerford out, but I am sure someone will think it because of the outcry against him yesterday despite the fact that the right call was made for the mixed relay.


#1? As of two days ago she’s number 2


What about the 50 doofus?


Agree the Comerford-Manuel ruckus in previous discussions has been a little crazy. “Latent hatred” seems a pretty inappropriate assessment to me though


Comerford deserves it!!!
Go girl!!!!!


All 4 girls deserve their spot. Easy relay choices here


Comerford deserves it!!
Go MC!!

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

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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