Swimming at the 1928 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay

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Swimming at the
1928 Summer Olympics
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Freestyle
100 m men   women
400 m men   women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men   women
Breaststroke
200 m men   women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m   women
4×200 m men  

The women's 4x100 metre freestyle relay was a swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1928 Summer Olympics programme. It was the fourth appearance of the event, which was established in 1912. The competition was held on Thursday August 9, 1928.

The United States replaced two swimmers between the semi-finals and the final, while France replaced one. Thirty-one swimmers from seven nations competed.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 United States (USA)
Eleanor Garatti
Adelaide Lambert
Martha Norelius
Albina Osipowich
 Great Britain (GBR)
Joyce Cooper
Ellen King
Cissie Stewart
Iris Tanner
 South Africa (RSA)
Marie Bedford
Freddie van der Goes
Rhoda Rennie
Kathleen Russell

Note: The International Olympic Committee medal database shows only these four swimmers from the United States as gold medalist. Susan Laird and Josephine McKim both swam in the semi-final are not credited with medals.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1928 Summer Olympics.

World Record 4:58.8 United States Euphrasia Donnelly
United States Gertrude Ederle
United States Ethel Lackie
United States Mariechen Wehselau
Paris (FRA) July 18, 1924
Olympic Record 4:58.8 United States Euphrasia Donnelly
United States Gertrude Ederle
United States Ethel Lackie
United States Mariechen Wehselau
Paris (FRA) July 18, 1924

The United States with Adelaide Lambert, Josephine McKim, Susan Laird, and Albina Osipowich set a new world record in the semi-final with 4:55.6 minutes. In the final the United States with Adelaide Lambert, Albina Osipowich, Eleanor Garatti, and Martha Norelius bettered the world record to 4:47.6 minutes.

Results[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmers Time Qual.
1  Adelaide Lambert, Josephine McKim, Susan Laird, and Albina Osipowich (USA) 4:55.6 QF WR
2  Eva Smits, Truus Baumeister, Maria Vierdag, and Marie Braun (NED) 5:08.8 QF
3  Rhoda Rennie, Freddie van der Goes, Marie Bedford, and Kathleen Russell (RSA) 5:17.4 QF
4  Lilian Staugaard, Rigmor Olsen, Gerda Bredgaard, and Agnete Olsen (DEN)

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmers Time Qual.
1  Joyce Cooper, Iris Tanner, Cissie Stewart, and Ellen King (GBR) 5:16.6 QF
2  Charlotte Lehmann, Reni Erkens, Herta Wunder, and Irmintraut Schneider (GER) 5:19.0 QF
3  Bienna Pélégry, Georgina Roty, Marguerite Ledoux, and Claire Horrent (FRA) 5:42.4 QF

Final[edit]

Place Swimmers Time
1  Adelaide Lambert, Albina Osipowich, Eleanor Garatti, and Martha Norelius (USA) 4:47.6 WR
2  Joyce Cooper, Cissie Stewart, Iris Tanner, and Ellen King (GBR) 5:02.8
3  Kathleen Russell, Rhoda Rennie, Marie Bedford, Freddie van der Goes (RSA) 5:13.4
4  Charlotte Lehmann, Herta Wunder, Irmintraut Schneider, Reni Erkens (GER) 5:14.4
5  Bienna Pélégry, Anne Dupire, Marguerite Ledoux, and Claire Horrent (FRA) 5:32.0
 Eva Smits, Truus Baumeister, Maria Vierdag, and Marie Braun (NED) DSQ

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