2018 Men’s Ivy League Championships: Day 1 – Farris Splits 1:30.69


200 Medley Relay

Meet record: 1:24.95, Princeton, 2015

  1. Harvard, 1:24.52
  2. Cornell, 1:26.00
  3. Yale, 1:27.14

Harvard opened up the meet by rocking a meet record and NCAA qualifying time of 1:24.52.  Dean Farris got things started with a 21.22 split, the fastest in the field by three-tenths of a second.  Cornell’s Alex Evdokimov just outsplit Sebastian Lutz, 23.64 to 23.67, but Harvard still had a slight lead at the halfway point.  Steven Tan (20.31) and Paul O’Hara (19.32) registered the fastest and 2nd-fastest splits in the field in their respective strokes, as Harvard finished with roughly a second and a half lead over Cornell, who still set a school record with a time of 1:26.00

Yale came in 3rd, thanks to Aaron Greenberg‘s 19.05 anchor leg, the fastest of the night.

It’s worth noting that Tan’s fly split would’ve been the 2nd-fastest in the field at the ACC championships earlier this evening.

800 Free Relay

Meet record: 6:19.80, Harvard, 2017

  1. Harvard, 6:16.78
  2. Yale, 6:21.00
  3. Princeton, 6:21.84

Farris performed double duty tonight, and once again had the fastest split in the field.  That’s a bit of understatement, in fact, as his 1:30.69 anchor leg looks to be the 5th-fastest 800 free relay split of all time, ranking behind only Townley Haas from the last two NCAA championships and Michael Wynalda from the 2014 Big Ten Championships.

Fastest 800 Free Relay Splits:

  1. Townley Haas, 1:30.42, 2017
  2. Townley Haas, 1:30.52, 2017
  3. Michael Wynalda, 1:30.60, 2014
  4. Soeren Dahl, 1:30.67, 2017
  5. Dean Farris, 1:30.69, 2018

Harvard already was in the lead by the time it got to Farris.  Brennan Novak lead off in 1:34.50, followed by Mahlon Reihman (1:35.21) and Zach Synder (1:36.38).  Still, Princeton had been nipping at Harvard’s heels to that point, and were only 0.03s behind going into that final leg, with Yale about a second behind in 3rd.

But Yale’s Kei Hyogo split 1:33.99, the 2nd-fastest in the field behind Farris, to run down Princeton’s Cole Buese (1:35.72), as Yale earned a 2nd-place finish and a NCAA ‘B’ cut.

Farris stopped in the clock in 6:16.78, as Harvard once again set a meet record and nailed a NCAA ‘A’ cut.

Princeton’s 6:21.84 and Penn’s 6:22.90 were both also NCAA ‘B’ cuts, and according to their official Twitter accounts, both Penn and Columbia broke school records in this event as well.

Scores Through Day 1:

1. Harvard University 128
2. Yale University 110
3. Princeton University 106
4. Cornell University 102
5. University of Pennsylvania 100
5. Columbia University 100
7. Dartmouth College 94

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I can’t even imagine how honored that pool must have been to have had Dean Farris swim a 1:30 in it.


Denunzio is by far one of the fastest pools in the country.

Steve Swims

It’s about 2 inches too short according to resources

Double Arm Freestyle

highlight of today

Joel Lin

Fabulous. Can’t wait for him to swim NCAAs. I don’t believe Harvard has had an NCAA individual event winner since David Berkoff back in the late 1980s. So basically not since A Flock of Seagulls was a thing has Harvard swimming had an NCAA champ. I think the last Ivy League NCAA event winner before that was Tony Corbisiero from…wait for it….Columbia.


Chris Swanson won for Penn two years ago 🙂

Joel Lin

That left a mark. Thanks for the correction.

Tea rex

Christina Teuscher, also from Columbia.
Princeton won the 200 MR the first two years when it was introduced around 1990 also.

andy majeske

Jeez, I hope Farris didn’t taper all the way, and left something for NC’s—but this suggests maybe not….


Nah, he’ll go at least 1:28 at NC’s

Sir Swimsalot

Pfft…this is the DEAN FARRIS we’re talking about here. 1:25 or nothing.

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