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FreestylerFreestyle is the fastest stroke. It has been in the Olympics since 1896 but has been around for much longer. It was created by native South Americans but made popular in Australia, where it received the name Australian crawl. It is the final stroke in both the individual medley (IM) and medley relay. Events range from 50 to 1650 yards/1500 meters. Freestyle is a long axis stroke, which means rotation occurs at the spine. Freestyle consists of alternating arm swings and an alternating “flutter” kick. Some well-known freestylers are Nathan Adrian and Katie Ledecky.