Dean Farris Splits 47.4 as United States Men Swim Fastest 4×100 Free Relay Since 2017

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The United States men put on a show to close out the first night of the 2019 World University Games with a near meet record of 3:11.03 in the 4×100 free relay. The team of Zach Apple (47.79), Dean Farris (47.48), Robert Howard (47.74) and Tate Jackson (48.02) almost took down Russia’s impressive 3:10.62 meet record from 2013.

For comparison, that 3:11.03 was faster than any swims from 2018 as the United States team of Caeleb Dressel, Blake Pieroni, Apple and Nathan Adrian were 3:11.67 at Pan Pacs last year. It is the fastest men’s 4×100 free relay that anyone has swum since the 2017 Worlds when the Americans were a 3:10.06.

Through the first three legs, the Americans were within a second of the world record pace that was set in the legendary 4×100 free relay from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

The Americans won by nearly four full seconds over Brazil (3:15.27) and Italy (3:15.91). The Brazilians had Gus Borges (49.57), Marco Ferreira (48.00), Gabriel Ogawa (49.57) and Felipe de Souza (48.13) swimming on their team for the silver medal. The Italians won their fourth medal of the night with the bronze as they had Ivano Vendrame (48.91), Alessandro Bori (48.87), Davide Nardini (49.10) and Giovanni Izzo (49.03) swimming for them.

The quickest splits outside the top three came from Russia’s Ivan Kuzmenko (48.54), Great Britain’s David Cumberlidge (48.76), Japan’s Kaiya Seke (48.93) and Juran Mizohata (48.96).

Japan (3:16.38), Russia (3:18.01), Poland (3:18.03), Great Britain (3:18.47) and Australia (3:18.76) also swam in the final.


  1. United States, 3:11.03 (Apple, Farris, Howard, Jackson)
  2. Brazil, 3:15.27 (Borges, Ferreira, Ogawa, De Souza)
  3. Italy, 3:15.91 (Vendrame, Bori, Nardini, Izzo)
  4. Japan, 3:16.38 (Matsui, Mizohata, Kawane, Seki)
  5. Russia, 3:18.01 (Snegirev, Kuzmenko, Ablovatskii, Dubinin)
  6. Poland, 3:18.03 (Ostrowski, Ksiazek, Piszczorowicz, Sendyk)
  7. Great Britain, 3:18.47 (Cumberlidge, McLean, Litchfield, Szaranek)
  8. Australia, 3:18.76 (Brinkworth, Negri, Stockwell, Carleton)


  1. avatar
    Steve Ducic

    Rock on USA! Auburn should never have let go of Zach Apple.

  2. Alexis Dumaguit

    Congratulations swimmers 🏊‍♀️

  3. Damon Garrison

    Going to go out on a limb and predict one of these men make the 2020 4×100 relay

    • avatar
      Andy Ross

      100 free is going to be INSANE at 2020 Trials!

  4. Tony MacGuinness

    Meanwhile Russia’s 15 years old Eugenea Chickunov shot to the number two spot in the 2018 / 2019 world rankings for 200m Breaststroke with her semi-final swim of 2:21.01.

    Why no coverage of the European Junior Swimming Championships?