Host City: St. Louis, United States
Venue(s): Life Saving Exhibition Lake, Forest Park, St. Louis
Date Started: September 7, 1904
Date Finished: September 7, 1904
Format: Final only.
Similar to the controversy that occurred in the 1904 water polo event, a German team attempted to enter the freestyle relay. The American teams protested this, stating that the German team was not all from the same club, but in fact constituted an all-star team. The judges upheld the American protest and disqualified the Germans. After the meet was over, some Americans offered to choose their own all-star team and play a single match against Germany, but they refused. Because of this ruling against Germany, there is some justification to not consider this an Olympic event, but it is still recognized by the IOC.
Four teams eventually competed: two from the New York Athletic Club, one from the Chicago Athletic Association, and one from the Missouri Athletic Club. The #1 team from the New York AC won easily.