Dean Farris Anchors Harvard’s 800 Free Relay in 1:30.22

Ivy League  – Men

  • Wednesday, February 27 – Saturday, March 2
  • Katherine Moran Aquatics Center, Brown University, Rhode Island (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: Harvard (2x)
  • Live results
  • Live Video: Thursday – Prelims | Finals; Friday – Prelims | Finals; Saturday – Prelims | Finals (Friday and Saturday links coming soon)
  • Championship Central

Pre-meet, one of the biggest questions was whether or not the Harvard men were going to push straight through Ivies in an effort to improve their performance from last year at NCAAs. After day 1, the answer so far seems to be ‘no.’

The Harvard men won the 800 free relay on Wednesday by almost 9 seconds over Yale, and by 10 seconds over Princeton, including a 1:30.22 anchor from junior Dean Farris. SwimSwam believes that to be the fastest non-leadoff split on an 800 free relay in history.

He combined with Brennan Novak (1:34.46), Mahlon Reihman (1:35.96), and Corbin Rawls (1:34.74) for a 6:15.38. Farris’ split was .47 seconds faster than he swam at this meet last year, and the team as a group were 1.4 seconds better – breaking their own Meet Record in the event.

The time was also an NCAA “A” cut in the event. Harvard already has an “A” cut in the 200 free relay, so this week they only need “B” cuts to qualify more relays for NCAAs. The time would have been 2nd at ACCs and 3rd at SECs.

That was Harvard’s 2nd win of the day. They also won the 200 medley relay in 1:24.33, another “A” cut, beating out Penn by 1.55 seconds. Based on pre-meet swimming points projections, Penn is going to be Harvard’s biggest challenger this week. The Princeton men were 5th and Yale was 6th, the next 2 teams based on seed.

Harvard’s 200 medley included Farris (20.83 – back), Daniel Chang (24.11 – breast), Umit Gures (20.61 – fly), and Raphael Marcoux (18.78). This once again broke their own Meet Record of 1:24.52, set last season with 2 seniors who are now graduated.

Team Standings After Day 1:

  1. Harvard – 128
  2. Penn – 108
  3. (TIE) – Yale/Brown/Princeton – 104
  4. Columbia – 100
  5. (TIE) Cornell/Dartmouth – 90

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Wild Bill
1 year ago

Go Dean Go!

1 year ago

So much for peaking at NCAAs….

Wild Bill
Reply to  Hola
1 year ago

Dean will be faster at the NCAAs! Go Dean Go! He adds real fun to competitive swimming!

andy majeske
Reply to  Hola
1 year ago

This is curious. Ferris could win his events easily without a full taper, and save his best for NCAA’s without affecting the # of points he earns for the team at conference champs. I have to think this is a coaching decision that Conference Champs take precedence over all else. I fear that this strategy might be aimed more to amplify the coach and his prestige, than to allow a standout swimmer like Ferris see what he is really capable of on the national stage …..

Dan D.
1 year ago

Our Lord and Savior… DEAN!

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