SwimSwam Pulse: Farris, Adrian Expected to Make American Free Relay For Tokyo

SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.

Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers to predict the American men’s free relay members for next summer’s Olympics:


Question: Who is most likely to be on the American 4×100 free relay at the Tokyo Olympics?

38% of voters said Dean Farris was the most likely of our listed candidates to make the American 4×100 free relay for the Tokyo Olympics.

We left off the two fastest Americans last year – Caeleb Dressel and Blake Pieroni – who will swim the event individually at the World Championships next week. We included Zach Applewho stood out while winning gold at World University Games, NCAA standout Farris, who put up a huge 47.0 split there, and Nathan Adrian and Michael Chadwickwho will swim the event on relays at Worlds and individually at Pan American Games.

38% picked Farris, on the heels of his massive split, which happened a day before we posted the poll. Adrian, a multi-time Olympian and former Olympic champ, garnered 35% of the votes to trail by just 3%. Meanwhile Apple earned only 23.9% of the votes. He’d likely have polled higher had we posted the poll later – he won gold and went 47.7 individually. Chadwick doesn’t have the comment section popularity of Farris, nor the name recognition of Adrian, and only got 2.9% of the votes, despite news that he time trialed a fast 50 free in training camp for Worlds.

Next week’s World Championships should clarify a lot between these four. Farris’s split is now the time to beat, and the other three should all get shots this coming week in the various relay events at Worlds.

Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Pollwhich asks voters for their predictions on the women’s 200 freestyle at next week’s World Championships:

Who will win the women's 200 free at 2019 Worlds?

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Leaving Haas off the survey and he has been 47.2 and 47.4 in recent memory?



Nothing wrong with the survey, could of had 20names listed that could make the relay.
It’s just a fun survey


Haas should have been included tho…h


Agree, just saying if you make a list of the top 5 active swimmers in the 100 free in the USA by flat start he’s T-5th and Chadwick is a quarter second behind.

Not sure what Chadwick’s best rolling split is.

Lane 8

I guess they strategically picked all those names for a reason.

Ol' Longhorn

That assumes he will have recovered from the first 250 of his 500 free at NCAAs by Tokyo.

Texas Tap Water

Underrated comment

Brock the Breastroker

Assuming that 47.0 split from Dean wasn’t a fluke, which we have no reason to believe it was, then I believe it is now his spot to lose rather than him trying to knock someone else off


He will have to make the team next summer. That’s not a given. If he makes the team as one of the top 2 100 free’s then he’s pretty much assured a spot on the relay, but nobody has a lock on any relay spot as of July 2019. Dressel is the only one you can even begin to say that about. There’s too much depth in this event to make that statement about anyone else. 47.08’s in July 2019 get you nothing other than great talking points for the next 12 months.

And to be clear, I like the kid. Honorary ‘horn for me since he’s training in Austin so I’m pulling for him.


He just has to get top 6 to make the team…

Ol' Longhorn

Or have Wyatt time him and post on IG.

Salty Boi

You’re one salty boi




Maybe I’m alone in this, but when I read the question, I’m thinking about who will be on the relay in the final. I think for the purposes of this discussion it’s safe to assume we’re talking about who will be on the team of 4 at night

Ol' Longhorn

Especially coming off of the very abbreviated LCM training from NCAAs to WUGS.

Lane 8

Dean Farris’ 40.80 individual 100 at NCAA’s converts to 47.14 long course. Probably equal to a sub-47 relay split, I guess. So that could mean that he had more things to come. However, when I first saw the news, I thought it was just an unusually good, sudden performance. So I went with Zach Apple. He’s pretty good, is constantly improving and is probably going to make the relay this summer.

Lane 8

By the way: I vote Ariarne Titmus for the 200 Free win.


Converted times are always an exact indicator!!!!

Ol' Longhorn

David Nolan, Will Licon, Coleman Stewart and a slew of others would agree.


His 2free time converted well

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