USA Women Lead 400 Free Relay Qualifiers After Prelims of the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships

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The women’s 400-meter free relay of Kenisha Liu (55.82), Beata Nelson (56.20), Samantha Shelton (55.93) and Lauren Pitzer (54.99) from the USA grabbed first in prelims of day five with a sizzling time of 3:42.94, putting the team in a good position to challenge the championship meet record of 3:41.40 set by Russia in 2013.

Russia’s relay of Daria Ustinova (55.87), Daria Mullakaeva (55.67), Olesia Cherniatina (56.56) and Vasilissa Buinaia (56.44) claimed second with a time of 3:44.54.

Third went to Australia’s team of Shayna Jack (55.24), Lucy Elizabeth McJannett (56.46), Elyse Woods (56.58) and Tamsin Cook (56.68) who posted a combined time of 3:44.96 from heat one.

Canada’s Penny Oleksiak (57.21), Rebecca Smith (56.09), Mary-Sophie Harvey (56.84) and Taylor Ruck (55.27) finished fourth overall with a time of 3:45.41.

Japan’s foursome of Sachi Mochida (55.86), Hiroko Makino (57.14), Runa Imai (57.30) and Rikako Ikee (55.87) took fifth in prelims with a final time of 3:46.17.

China was sixth overall with a finishing time of 3:47.07, while Brazil took seventh overall with a 3:47.74.

Germany rounded out the top eight with a time of 3:49.30.

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2015 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships: Live Results – Results

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Author: Taylor Brien

Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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