Zach Apple Moves to #7 All-Time with 47.79 100 Free Relay Leadoff at WUGs

2019 World University Games/Summer Universiade – Swimming

  • July 4th-9th, 2019
  • Napoli, Italy
  • LCM (50m)
  • Live Stream: Olympic Channel (in US), Rai Sport (in Italy)
  • Entry Lists & Live Results

Men’s 4×100 Freestyle – Final

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

Podium:

  1. United States, 3:11.03
  2. Brazil, 3:15.27
  3. Italy, 3:15.91

In the final event on Day 1 at the 2019 World University Games, the American men took home the gold medal with a commanding performance in the 400 free relay. Zach Apple, Dean Farris, Robert Howard, and Tate Jackson went 3:11.03 to beat second-place Brazil by 4.24 seconds and narrowly miss the 2013 Russian meet record of 3:10.88.

One of the brightest lights on the American relay was Apple, who unleashed a 47.79 leadoff split for a PB by 24/100. The Indiana University graduate took the place of Michael Jensen who had anchored the quartet in prelims. Apple’s best flat-start 100 free coming into the meet was 48.03 from 2018 Pan Pacs, which made him the 8th-fastest American in history. His performance in Napoli moves him to :#7 on the all-time list:

  1. 47.17 – Caeleb Dressel, 2017 World Championships
  2. 47.33 – Dave Walters, 2009 World Champs
  3. 47.51 – Michael Phelps, 2008 Olympic Games
  4. 47.52 – Nathan Adrian, 2012 Olympic Games
  5. 47.58 – Jason Lezak, 2008 Olympic Trials
  6. 47.78 – Garrett Weber-Gale, 2008 Olympic Trials
  7. 47.79 – Zach Apple, 2019 World University Games
  8. 47.82 – James Feigen, 2013 World Champs

Apple is now the fastest American and the fourth-fastest 100 freestyler in the world for 2019, bumping Caeleb Dressel down a notch to fifth. Apple is slated to swim both the 4×100 free and 4×200 free at World Championships in Gwangju later this month.

2018-2019 LCM MEN 100 FREE

2Kyle
CHALMERS
AUS47.0807/25
3Ryan
HELD
USA47.3907/31
4Vladislav
GRINEV
RUS47.4304/09
5Maxime
ROONEY
USA47.6107/31
6Marcelo
CHIERIGHINI
BRA47.6804/18
7Zach
APPLE
USA47.7907/04
8Blake
PIERONI
USA47.8707/24
8Duncan
SCOTT
GBR47.8704/18
10Vladimir
MOROZOV
RUS47.8808/16
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Farris followed Apple with 47.48, four-tenths off his prelims split of 47.08 but still the fastest 100 free in the field. Howard clocked a 47.74, handing off to Jackson for a 48.0 anchor.

 

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Broken Boi
1 year ago

Awesome to see him translate his sc speed into a truly elite lc time!

Jjran
Reply to  Broken Boi
1 year ago

He was 48.0 two years ago. I’d say that was elite.

SwimJon
1 year ago

Wow

SwimJon
1 year ago

Wow. Just wow

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