Dean Farris

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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.

Harvard

2016-2017

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.

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
scy 50 Free 19.82 12/01/16 2016 Texas Invitational
Austin, Texas
scy 100 Free 42.06 02/25/17 2017 Ivy League Championships
Boston, Massachusetts
scy 200 Free 1:31.56 02/24/17 2017 Ivy League Championships
Boston, Massachusetts
scy 100 Back 45.38 02/24/17 2017 Ivy League Championships
Boston, Massachusetts
scy 200 Back 1:39.99 03/25/17 2017 NCAA Championships
Indianapolis, Indiana
lcm 50 Free 23.12 08/03/15 2015 Junior National Championships
San Antonio, Texas
lcm 100 Free 50.29 06/29/16 2016 USA Olympic Trials
Omaha, Nebraska
lcm 200 Free 1:52.29 03/17/16 2016 NCSA Spring Championships
Orlando, Florida
lcm 100 Back 56.39 06/27/16 2016 USA Olympic Trials
Omaha, Nebraska
lcm 200 Back 2:02.91 03/16/16 2016 NCSA Spring Championships
Orlando, Florida
(photo: Mike Lewis)