Megan Romano To Anchor Medley Relay for the United States

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 11

August 04th, 2013 News

The Americans have made what became an increasingly obvious choice after what we’ve seen so far in this meet in deciding their finals lineup for the women’s 400 medley relay tonight.

With Missy Franklin coming in as a top-two qualifier in both the 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle, that meant that unlike in most scenarios, the American coaches had some flexibility to pick the ‘hot hand’ instead of going strictly by the book and getting the top two in each individual stroke event a pre-ordained medal in this relay, and as such they have taken to Megan Romano and her 52-mid split from the 400 free relay earlier in the meet to lead them home here.

That pushes Franklin, the World Champion (by a mile) to the backstroke leg, and puts the Americans in firm control of this medley relay. The Australian backstrokers and breaststrokers aren’t swimming well enough to catch the USA it would seem, even with a Campbell anchor, and the Russians without Anastasia Zueva seem to be one leg short of contenders.

That means the Americans, with Franklin swimming very well, Hardy swimming very well, and Vollmer not what she was last year but still swimming very well, the U.S. will rely on Romano’s incredible relay instincts to be in the same time zone as Campbell, and it should mean victory for the stars-and-stripes.

Full relay lineups are below:

Women – Missy Franklin, Jessica Hardy, Dana Vollmer, and Megan Romano

Men – Matt Grevers, Kevin Cordes, Ryan Lochte, and Nathan Adrian

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Great decision Coaches !!!! well done

Philip Johnson

Putting the team ahead of individual interests, good call by the coaches where Romano has been consistent on the relays.


I would venture that US coaches are listening to the wishes of swimswammers



brobably they use our interesting visions !


You know, the british commentators kept saying things which sound awfully very much like some of the oft-repeated comments on swimswam….

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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