Zach Apple Still Looking for Right Formula After 48.4 100 Free


Reported by Michael Hamann.


  • World Record – 46.91, Cesar Cielo (2009)
  • American Record – 46.96, Caeleb Dressel (2019)
  • U.S. Open Record – 47.39, Ryan Held/Caeleb Dressel (2019)
  • LC Nationals Record – 47.39, Ryan Held/Caeleb Dressel (2019)
  • World Junior Record – 47.13, David Popovici (2022)

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Zach Apple (Indiana)/Matt King (Cavalier Aquatics): 48.44
  2. —–
  3. Shaine Casas (Texas Longhorn): 48.46
  4. Destin Lasco (Unattached): 48.75
  5. Danny Krueger (Unattached): 48.89
  6. Kieran Smith (Ridgefield Aquatic Club): 48.91
  7. Luke Maurer (Alto Swim Club): 48.94
  8. Justin Ress (Mission Viejo): 49.00

In a thrilling final where the top three swimmers were separated by just .02, Virginia undergrad Matt King and Indiana pro Zach Apple tied for the national title with a 48.44. King was out first at the 50, but Apple closed hard on the final 50 to get his hand on the wall even with King.

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2 months ago

I hate that the attention got drawn away from Zapple in the comments. He’s got such a great feel for the water and it’ll be fun to watch that race when it all clicks for him! Keep chasing it dude!

2 months ago

I think it’s a good sign for things to come still going 48.4. Obviously I’m sure he’s not too happy with it, thankfully he’s got 2 years to get back to Rio form.

Reply to  EverybodyWangChungTonight
2 months ago

You mean Tokyo form right?

Reply to  Justhereforfun
2 months ago

Yes, that one haha, whoops

2 months ago

It, indeed, may have been thrilling, but Zach Apple didn’t seem particularly pleased with how it all went. . . .REST!

Go Kamminga Go
2 months ago

Where’s Caeleb?

What’s happening with him?

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Reply to  Go Kamminga Go
2 months ago

I heard he signed a contract with NBA G-League Ignite. They saw a video of his hops an had to have him

free swimming
Reply to  Go Kamminga Go
2 months ago

what’s your deal with dressels whereabouts? You’re in every thread asking about where he is and just insulting him. Did he pee in your cereal or something?

Reply to  Go Kamminga Go
2 months ago

according to the comment i saw on this website, someone got intel from a swimmer who was on the worlds team that caeleb was suffering from numerous panic/anxiety attacks during worlds and pulled out to most likely prevent a breakdown

2 months ago

Doesn’t that imply that he was stressed by the level of competition?

Reply to  John26
2 months ago

They did a worlds preview of his Tokyo prep, and in it he talked a lot about the amount of pressure he had on him after his performances at Worlds in 17 and 19, and it was pretty clear from the little they showed, at least of some of his journaling, that he was incredibly stressed by Tokyo. He obviously held it together brilliantly, but at such a high level of competition happening so close right after Tokyo, I’d imagine it got to him. That’s just my take, could be completely off the mark, but either way I hope he’s healthy and happy.

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2 months ago


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