Dean Farris is a versatile swimmer from Georgia, though he mainly focuses on the backstroke and the shorter freestyle events. Before attending Harvard, Farris had a successful club and high school career at Metro Atlanta Aquatic Club under head coach Mike Norment and The Paideia School.
Farris made an immediate impact his rookie season at Harvard. He stole the show at the Ivy League Championships, winning the high-point award for three individual and four relay golds. In the prelims, he posted a 1:32.71 in the 200 yard freestyle, smashing the 37-year-old pool record of 1:34.57 set by Auburn’s Rowdy Gaines. That night, he blitzed his new record and became the sixth fastest 200 yard freestyler in history with a 1:31.56.
His other individual golds at the meet came in the 100 yard freestyle and backstroke.
At his first NCAA meet, Farris captured two individual All-American honors. First up was the 200 yard freestyle where he finished fourth in 1:32.25 behind Olympians Townley Haas, Blake Pieroni and Dylan Carter. That First-Team All-America honor was the first for a Harvard swimmer in seven years.
In the 200 yard backstroke, Farris picked up more points for Harvard, finishing 14th in 1:40.89. His third event was the 100 yard back, where he finished 31st.