Golden Goggles at a Glance: Relay Performance of the Year

Golden Goggles at a Glance: Relay Performance of the Year

By USA Swimming  | Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Each week in the lead up to the Nov. 19 Golden Goggle Awards, USA Swimming will highlight one of the eight award categories. 

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This award is given to the best team relay performance, male or female. The performance considered must be a finals performance, with special emphasis on the 2017 FINA World Championships.

Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay, 2017 FINA World Championships
Simone Manuel anchored the Team USA women’s 4x100m freestyle relay to gold and an American record with a time of 3:31.72, out-touching runner-up Australia. Mallory Comerford led things off with an American record, but the U.S. was in second place as Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom broke the world record on her leadoff leg. Kelsi Worrell and Katie Ledecky worked to give the U.S. a slight edge, before Manuel secured the title with a powerful final 10 meters on the anchor. The victory marked the American women’s first gold in this event since 2013 and just their second in 14 years.

Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay, 2017 FINA World Championships
Caeleb Dressel led off with an American record in the 100m freestyle to pave the way for teammates Townley Haas, Blake Pieroni and Nathan Adrian to hold off second-place Brazil by 28-hundreths of a second for gold in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay in 3:10.06. The Americans led wire-to-wire to claim their first victory in the event at the FINA World Championships since 2009.

Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay, 2017 FINA World Championships
The U.S. women’s 4x100m medley relay line-up of Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Kelsi Worrell and Simone Manuel won gold in 3:51.55, setting a world record and finishing nearly 2 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Russia. After a close first two legs of the race, Worrell gave Team USA a lead that Manuel would not relinquish. The victory marked the third-straight gold medal for the U.S. women at the FINA World Championships in this event. The previous world record in the event was set by the U.S. at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay, 2017 FINA World Championships
Team USA set a world record in the mixed 4x100m free relay in 3:19.60, breaking its 2015 mark by nearly 3.5 seconds in Budapest. With a star-studded lineup of Caeleb Dressel, Nathan Adrian, Mallory Comerford and Simone Manuel, the U.S. led the race from start to finish to earn its second-straight world title in the event.  

Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay, 2017 FINA World Championships
After a strong leadoff in the mixed 4x100m medley relay from backstroker Matt Grevers, Lilly King entered the water as the only female in the field swimming the breaststroke leg of the race. In his third race of the night, Caeleb Dressel regained the lead for Team USA on the butterfly leg. Simone Manuel closed out another victory for the U.S. in a world-record time of 3:38.56, more than 2.5 seconds faster than second-place Australia.



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