Jeffrey “Jeff” Farrell was a
member of the 1960 U.S. Olympic Team and is currently one of the top US Masters
sprinters in the country. Six days
before the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1960, Jeff underwent an appendectomy. Despite being offered an opportunity to
swim weeks later due to the surgery, Farrell chose to compete in the meet. After placing third in both of his
strongest events Jeff would not get to compete in an individual event in
Rome. Instead his dedication as co-captain of the team would help to lead them to gold medal victories in both the 4x100
medley and 4x200 freestyle relays.
Jeff was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in
1968 and a book entitled "Six Days To Swim" has been written about him. After taking a break from
the sport, Farrell returned in 1980 to the Masters scene. It has been here that he has not let
age be an indicator of his speed and has set numerous American and World records.
Jeff has continued to dominate in the 50 freestyle, where he has won
numerous age group victories.
Farrell has not yet put an end date on his time with the sport of
swimming. He currently works in
Real Estate with his son in Santa Barbara where he lives with his family.