Zach Apple Unpacks His Olympic 4×200 and How He Came Back in The 4×100 Medley

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman HodgesGarrett McCaffrey, and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

3-time World Champion, 2-time Olympic Champion and Team Speedo Athlete, Zach Apple, gets raw and real about his 2020 Olympic performance.   Zach let’s us inside his head, inside the highs and lows of his Olympic roller coaster experience.

Apple launched his first Olympic Games anchoring Team USA’s 4×100 free relay with a monster 46.6 split, propelling them to gold in 3:08.97.   Apple details the emotional high. It was challenging to muster his energy to step back up and tackle the 100 free and the 4×200 free relay in the same session. The result was NOT pretty. It was brutal. Apple died on the back-half of his 200 leg, splitting 1:47.3. Team USA finished off the podium. Nasty comments and Instagram DMs followed.

Apple doubted himself, wondering if and how he could anchor the 4×100 medley.  From lane one, Apple finished meet, day 8, final swim, and the final touch on the wall in 46.9, good enough for Olympic gold and a new world record.

I loved talking to Apple. He dives deep detailing his early days in the sport, committing to Western Kentucky, then going Auburn, and finally landing at Indiana his senior year in college.   This podcast is about resilience, about learning from mistakes or whatever life throws at you, and persevering. Stay tuned to the end to hear his Make Waves moment. You’ll appreciate it.

Follow Zach Apple on Instagram here.

Thanks to Speedo and Speedo USA for supporting this Team Speedo series.


Music: Otis McDonald


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10 months ago

ZApple >>>

Ol' Longhorn
10 months ago


10 months ago

Bouncing back from an off swim is one of the characteristics that set the best apart.

👏 Zach

10 months ago

I trust that you never made a mistake in your swimming career and have multiple olympic gold medals to back up your bluster
*response to a now deleted post giving Zapple extreme hate for 4×200*

Last edited 10 months ago by VikingSteve
Bryce Mefford Fan
10 months ago

Bruce Medfford next!

10 months ago

western kentucky

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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