Day 5 Relay Lineups: Shayna Jack, Taylor Ruck Enter The Fray In Women’s 4×200 Free


The women’s 800 free relay is up for grabs on Day 5 in Doha with every nation seemingly in the mix with so many of the big stars missing across the board.

The United States missed the final, the Australians are out in Lane 1, and China might have to be the favorite after qualifying 1st into the final with 16-year-old Yang Peiqi dropping an impressive 1:57.57 lead-off in the heats.

China has also moved out their slowest leg from the prelims, Ma Yonghui (1:59.18), in exchange for Ai Yanhan, who made the 200 free final (after a pair of scratches) and finished 8th in 1:57.53 (1:57.33 in semis).

The other key lineup changes for the final are the addition of Shayna Jack for the Australians and Taylor Ruck for the Canadians.

Jack, who will race the 100 free semis earlier in the session, placed 7th in the individual 200 free and was as fast as 1:56.80 in the semis, which is a five-second improvement from the Aussies’ slowest leg this morning that she’ll be replacing (Jaclyn Barclay‘s 2:01.95).

The Aussies also move Brianna Throssell to the lead-off leg after she won bronze individually (1:56.00), going with a bit of a shotgun strategy with Jack going second.

Canada brings in both Ruck and Rebecca Smith in exchange for Katerine Savard and Ella Jansen, who were both 1:59s this morning. Ruck hasn’t raced individually yet (only entered in 50 free) but has been strong on the relays with 100-meter splits, while Smith went 1:58.08 to finish 11th in the 200 free.

Other Lineup Changes

  • New Zealand has moved Erika Fairweather to the lead-off and added Caitlin Deans in exchange for Summer Osborne.
  • Brazil brings back the same lineup, but 200 free 5th-place finisher and South American Record holder Maria Costa moves to the lead-off leg.
  • Hungary brings back the same lineup but moves Nikoletta Padar, who scratched the 100 free to focus on this relay, to the lead-off leg. Padar split 1:57.90 on the anchor this morning.
  • Great Britain brings back the exact same lineup and order.
  • The Netherlands has added 200 free semi-finalist Janna van Kooten in exchange for Yara van Kalmthout.


  1. Australia (Brianna Throssell, Shayna Jack, Abbey Harkin, Kiah Melverton)
  2. Hungary (Nikoletta Padar, Lilla Abraham, Dora Molnar, Ajna Kesely)
  3. Canada (Rebecca Smith, Emma O’Croinin, Sienna Angove, Taylor Ruck)
  4. China (Ai Yanhan, Gong Zhenqi, Li Bingjie, Yang Peiqi)
  5. New Zealand (Erika Fairweather, Laticia-Leigh Transom, Eve Thomas, Caitlin Deans)
  6. Brazil (Maria Costa, Stephanie Balduccini, Aline Rodrigues, Gabrielle Roncatto)
  7. Great Britain (Freya Colbert, Abbie Wood, Lucy Hope, Medi Harris)
  8. Netherlands (Imani de Jong, Silke Holkenborg, Marrit Steenbergen, Janna van Kooten)

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2 months ago

Abbey Harkin is the key leg for the Australians here imo, a 1:58 split would make them the favorites over China, if she’s 2:00 then China is probably favored

2 months ago

Hmm, did Hungary not bring Panna Ugrai after all? I thought she was gonna get Molnar’s spot in the final. Interesting.

2 months ago

Mafe surfing fairweather waves for a New SA record again

2 months ago

Curious to see how Taylor Ruck swims tonight

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2 months ago

Would love to see Taylor return to 2018 form this year

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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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