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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6 years ago

Rowdy won’t know how to commentate because Dean Farris does a no-breath 200

6 years ago

dean machine

6 years ago

More Ivy League Coverage Please!!!!

6 years ago

What is it with Dean Farris and the comments on here ? Has he said or done something daft in the past ?
The times he puts up there are very fast and looks a great swimmer but there always seems to be an undertone in comments about him, have I missed something ?

Reply to  dannyjcarr
6 years ago

Dean is a Fan Favorite. He took a huge drop in time last year to a 1:31 to climb to the top of the 200 free.

He’s also from Harvard. which makes him a Double Golden Boy, both is swimming and academics. And all his coaches and teammates like him because he’s such a good guy. And he’s 6’7″ tall.

He’s quite a fella, that Dean Farris.

Der Kommissar
6 years ago

I heard Dean Farris actually bent space time to get this split. But he bent it the wrong way and would have been a few seconds faster. He was bending it slower so the rest of the field wouldn’t feel bad

6 years ago

Took my imaginary kids to be baptized in this pool.

Steve Nolan
6 years ago

He could finish all his swims in .69, but he doesn’t wanna set a bad example for the kids.

Boing Boing
Reply to  Steve Nolan
6 years ago

I heard he stopped at the flags just to do that

6 years ago

Fifth all time? Since when is 5th any good?

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