Neal, Schmitt Get 2nd Shot at 400 Free Relay for Americans

Asphalt Green swimmer Lia Neal, who led off the United States’ prelims relay in a National Age Group Record of 54.15 on Saturday morning, has been slotted to swim the 3rd leg in finals, and Allison Schmitt, who split a 54.1 in the finals, will anchor the finals relay as well.

That means that Natalie Coughlin and Amanda Weir will have to sit and watch which medals they will earn. The Americans also chose not to give Dana Vollmer a shot, though some speculated that with how good her 100 fly has been, she could be the best 4th option.

Despite the relay experience of a Coughlin, recall that Schmitt is still the fastest American 100 freestyler this year with a 53.94 from the Austin Elite Invite in early June. USA Swimming are taking a gamble here to go for gold, whereas Coughlin would have been a more conservative choice.

1. Missy Franklin
2. Jessica Hardy
3. Lia Neal
4. Allison Schmitt

The Dutch relay is laid out just the opposite, and is back-loaded with world-leader Ranomi Kromowidjojo and her 52.75 on the anchor.

1. Inge Dekker
2. Marleen Veldhuis
3. Femke Heemskerk
4. Ranomi Kromowidjojo

The other major contenders are the Australians, who have chosen the young Brittany Elmslie to swim in the final over Libby Trickett, who had a good prelims swim. Elmslie split a 53.4 in the morning, so not a surprising decision.

1. Melanie Schlanger
2. Brittany Elmslie
3. Alicia Coutts
4. Cate Campbell

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Philip Johnson

Schmitt will probably be the fourth swimmer prehaps? anyone from the inside got any word?


Thanks; do you know what time do finals start?

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Starts with “D” ends with “ana Vollmer”

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