The relay lineups for the final of the women’s 400 medley relay at the European Championships have been released, and half of the eight finalists have made at least one change from the preliminaries.
The Russians, who were 6th fastest this morning in 4:02.14, have brought in three new swimmers, adding Anastasiia Fesikova, Yuliya Efimova and Mariia Kameneva to go along with butterflyer Svetlana Chimrova who swam the prelims. Fesikova and Efimova are the gold medalist in their respective 100m strokes, and Chimrova and Kameneva hold the Russian National Records in theirs.
Russia set the European Record in winning silver at last summer’s World Championships, and have to be considered the favorites for gold.
Among the teams standing pat are the Danes, who took the top seed this morning in 3:58.40. They boast a strong squad with Pernille Blume on their anchor. We’ll also seek Katinka Hosszu leading off for the Hungarians out of lane 8.
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 …