Watch Dean Farris Smoke 47.08 100 Freestyle Relay Split in Prelims at WUGs


In the prelims of the 4 x 100 freestyle relay at the 2019 World University Games in Naples, Italy, Team USA’s Dean Farris threw down an incredible 47.08 relay split. Farris is swimming the 2nd leg of the relay. Team USA is in lane 5.

Reported by Robert Gibbs.


  • World Record – 3:08.24, USA, 2008
  • Meet Record – 3:10.88, Russia, 2013

Top 8:

  1. USA, 3:12.55
  2. Italy, 3:15.90
  3. Brazil, 3:17.27
  4. Japan, 3:17.95
  5. Russia, 3:18.80
  6. Poland, 3:19.04
  7. Great Britain, 3:19.18
  8. Australia, 3:20.68

Long-time readers will know that from about 2011 to 2016, there was lots of handwringing about the state of the USA men’s sprinting. Those concerns were alleviated after the USA won gold in the 4×100 free in 2016 and 2017, and it looks like any lingering doubts can be laid to rest after the college guys put up a big boy time in prelims; their 3:12.55 would’ve put them 3rd in prelims at the 2017 World Championships and would’ve finished 4th in finals.

Tate Jackson led off in 48.36, followed by Dean Farris, who smoked a 47.08 that is one of the fastest splits of all-time. Robert Howard also broke 48, with a 47.72, before Michael Jensen anchored in 49.39. Expect to see Zach Apple, who’s been 48.0 individually, replace Jensen tonight, meaning that the USA men have a legit shot at 3:10 and the meet record.

Just like on the women’s side, the USA was over three seconds faster than any other squad this morning; once again, Italy holds the 2nd seed. Their team was led by Ivano Vendrame, who led off in 48.92 and Davide Nardini, who split 48.42 on the 3rd leg, which were the only other sub-49 splits in the entire field.

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2 years ago

It’s been a year already but I can’t believe it #tbt to all the great times we had, I miss this

dean is goat
Reply to  swimfan210_
6 months ago

the hype of 2019 dean will never be matched

Ward Huijskes
3 years ago

Wow! I think Nathan Adrian isn’t going to make the 100m freestyle individually. Crazy to think that. It might be that his only event will be the 4x100m freestyle.

college swimmer
3 years ago

Is there a list of all time top relay splits? I would be curious to see where dean falls on that list.

Reply to  college swimmer
3 years ago

We have a list. It doesn’t go deep enough to hit Dean. Someone made a last 10 years list in the comments of another article.

Probably not in the top 20 splits ever. Still a very good swim.

3 years ago

For the remaining doubters that said Dean couldn’t swim long course, time to get On the bandwagon. In Dean we trust.

Reply to  PowerPlay
3 years ago

his progression is lightening fast …..from 49 to 47 in what ? 2 years time …..

3 years ago

Watching Farris swim tree reminds me of Biondi so much

Reply to  Swimgeek
3 years ago

Tall , very smooth articulated stroke ,Long arms , huge engine in the legs , fast turn & solid underwater ! The whole Package for a fast 100 free 💙

3 years ago

Believe the hype. Wow

3 years ago

I thought the Dean Farris 47.0 was a SwimSwam joke. This is awesome.

Reply to  Scribble
3 years ago

me too – He is the real deal , no doubt now .

3 years ago

As it was foretold in the prophecies…. so it is. All hail our savior!

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Reid Carlson originally hails from Clay Center, Kansas, where he began swimming at age six.  At age 14 he began swimming club year-round and later with his high school team, making state all four years.  He was fortunate enough to draw the attention of Kalamazoo College where he went on to …

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