2022 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- June 18-25, 2022 (pool swimming)
- Budapest, Hungary
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The finals lineups for the women’s 4×100 free relay are out, and a few notable decisions were made.
First off, the U.S. coaches put in Kate Douglass and Erika Brown in favor of Mallory Comerford and Natalie Hinds on the relay.They will be swimming alongside Torri Huske and Claire Curzan, who were rested for finals. The Brown decision made sense, as she split a 53.29 on the prelims relay, the fastest on her team. Douglass was 54.19 leading off compared to Comerford and Hinds’s 53.86 and 53.89 relay starts respectively. Given that Hinds and Comerford have more international relay experience than Douglass, this decision comes as a surprise to some. However, Douglass is going third instead of leading off, which gives her a chance to shave a few tenths off her prelims flat start time.
China decided to go all-in on this relay, putting in Zhang Yufei and Yang Junxuan, who have flat start PBs of 52.90 and 53.02 respectively. Last year, the two swimmers were not put on this relay and finished seventh at the Olympics, which caused controversy given how much potential China could have had if they were on.
Canada put in Penny Oleksiak and Maggie MacNeil, while Great Britain put in Abbie Wood, which were both expected decisions. The Aussies are going their two fastest swimmers on the front and back end, with Mollie O’Callaghan leading off and Shayna Jack anchoring.
Full Relay Lineups: