Day 8 Relay Lineups: Smoliga On Duty For Prelims Of Women’s 400 Medley


The Americans have opted to use Olivia Smoliga on the backstroke leg of their prelim relay in the women’s 400 medley, indicating that Regan Smith will swim the final.

Smoliga won bronze individually in the 100, but Smith is coming off a breakout performance in the 200 back that saw her swim the two fastest times in history. Kathleen Baker, the other individual entrant, was slower in the final of the 100 back than Smith was opening her 200 final.

They are also going with Melanie Margalis on breast over Micah Sumrall, and Katie McLaughlin and Mallory Comerford will take fly and free. In addition to Smith, Lilly KingKelsi Dahlia and Simone Manuel will enter for the final.

The Aussies are using Kaylee McKeown, Jessica HansenBrianna Throssell and Madison Wilson. Expect Minna AthertonEmma McKeon and Cate Campbell to enter for the final, with Hansen staying on.

Canada is using Kylie Masse on backstroke this morning, their top option, but should add in Maggie MacNeil for Rebecca Smith on fly and Penny Oleksiak for Taylor Ruck on free. Kierra Smith will probably stay on breast, but 200 bronze medalist Sydney Pickrem is also an option.


  • Lane 3 – Finland (Jallow, Hulkko, Laukkanen, Lahtinen)
  • Lane 4 – Turkey (Avramova, Gunes, Ozkan, Ozbilen)
  • Lane 5 – Republic of Korea (Im, Back,Park, Jeong)


  • Lane 0 – South Africa (Venter, Schoenmaker, Lovemore, Chelius)
  • Lane 1 – Sweden (Coleman, S.Hansson, L.Hansson, Sjostrom)
  • Lane 2 – Germany (Riedemann, Elendt, Kohler, Steiger)
  • Lane 3 – Denmark (Nielsen, Schroder, Ottesen, Jensen)
  • Lane 4 – USA (Smoliga, Margalis, McLaughlin, Comerford)
  • Lane 5 – Japan (Sakai, Aoki, Makino, Omoto)
  • Lane 6 – Italy (Panziera, Castiglioni, Bianchi, Pellegrini)
  • Lane 7 – Hong Kong (Au, Yeung, Chan, Haughey)
  • Lane 8 – Poland (Tchorz, Hallmann, Nogaj, Wasick)


  • Lane 0 – Singapore (J.Quah, Chue, T.Quah, Yeoh)
  • Lane 1 – Hungary (Burian, Sztankovics, Szilagyi, Verraszto)
  • Lane 2 – Netherlands (Toussaint, Schouten, Busch, Heemskerk)
  • Lane 3 – Canada (Masse, K.Smith, R.Smith, Ruck)
  • Lane 4 – Australia (McKeown, Hansen, Throssell, Wilson)
  • Lane 5 – Russia (Vaskina, Belousova, Chimrova, Ustinova)
  • Lane 6 – Great Britain (Davies, Renshaw, Thomas, Hopkin)
  • Lane 7 – China (Fu, Yu, Wang, Zhu)
  • Lane 8 – Switzerland (Kost, Mamie, Touretski, Ugolkova)

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1 year ago

Yes!! Glad the coaches listened to SwimSwam about this one 😉

Philip Johnson
Reply to  SWAMMER
1 year ago

I told you the Swim Swam commentators should make ALL relay decisions.

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Philip Johnson
1 year ago

But it’s against the rules to have one swimmer (dean farris) swim the whole relay

PK Doesn’t like his long name
1 year ago

I like that Apple got the finals relay yesterday and Adrian gets it today. Feels very fair.

Reply to  PK Doesn’t like his long name
1 year ago

It could still be Pieroni. He was 4th in the individual.

1 year ago

Kind of surprised Canada is using Masse in the morning. A relay of Ruck Kierra Smith Rebecca Smith Sanchez should be able to qualify easily and rest Masse and likely give Sanchez a medal.

Reply to  Bob1235
1 year ago

That surprised me too Bob

Reply to  Bob1235
1 year ago

They’re also using Ruck. Maybe Penny will be swimming freestyle in the final. Probably a good idea considering as the meet’s gone on, Penny’s gone faster while Ruck is slowing down.

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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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