Dean Farris Breaks New England Open Record in 200 Free


  • July 12-16, 2018
  • Providence, RI (Brown University)
  • Live Results

Harvard undergrad Dean Farris, who has been training this summer in Austin with Eddie Reese and the Texas men, swam a new lifetime best and broke a New England Open Record in the men’s 200 free final.

Representing Harvard, Farris swam a 1:49.60. That cut half-a-second off his own personal lifetime best of 1:50.15, done at the Pro Swim Series stop in Santa Clara last month. It also is the fastest time ever swum at a New England LSC-hosted m eet, breaking the 2013 time of 1:51.55 done by Liam Egan (when he was still a junior swimmer with Crimson Aquatics).

He was one of a handful of record-breakers at the meet. In the men’s 100 breaststroke, Bluefish 17-year old River Wright broke the New England 17-18 Open Record with a 1:03.30. Maxwell Reich broke the 15-16 year old version of that record with a 1:05.16 for 2nd-place.

Wright also won the 100 fly in 54.67 (though this time, he missed the New England Open Record held by Olympic gold medalist Ian Crocker).

In the girls’ 400 IM, 15-year old Bluefish swimmer Summer Smith won in 4:51.74 – her best time by more than a second. Her best time in this race coming into 2018 was exactly 5 minutes, and she’s now dropped more than 8 seconds, and the swim breaks Hannah Cox’s 15-16 New England Open Record by more than three-and-a-half seconds.

Her 13-year old teammate Aislin Farris finished 2nd in 4:57.26.

Other Day 2 Winners:

  • Harvard’s Mikaela Dahlke made it a Crimson sweep in the 200 free when she won the women’s race in 2:03.66. 14-year old Natalie Mannion from Commonwealth Swimming placed 2nd in 2:05.12. Dahlke then won the 100 fly in 1:01.99 (she was faster, 1:01.75, in prelims).
  • Keeping the Ivy League theme rolling, Yale-bound swimmer Mary Buckley, currently training with Kingfish Swimming, won the women’s 100 breaststroke in 1:12.05. Another 14-year old, Ella Smith from bluefish, took 2nd in 1:13.10.
  • Bluefish got another win when Harrison Homans won the men’s 400 IM, by more than 6 seconds, in 4:33.54. He opened in 1:01.4, taking control of the race early. Bluefish, after sweeping day 1’s events, won 5 more races on day 2, making 9 wins in the first 14 events of the meet.

Team Scores After Day 2:

Top 5 Women’s Teams

  1. Bluefish Swim Club – 393
  2. Kingfish Swimming – 184
  3. Seacoast Swimming Association – 122
  4. Executive Swim Club – 98
  5. Commonwealth Swimming – 92

Top 5 Men’s Teams

  1. Bluefish Swim Club – 331
  2. Gator Swim Club – 227
  3. Solo Aquatics – 135
  4. Executive Swim Club – 118
  5. Seacoast Swimming Association – 109


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3 years ago

This should be good

that guy
3 years ago

farris swam so fast it looked like he did a 200 but he actually did a 2000

3 years ago

Two things- 6 states down, 44 to go

And is Aislin related?

Reply to  Osd
3 years ago

No, she is not.

3 years ago

God’s conquest has begun….

3 years ago

Its not really news to me if Dean breaks records.

3 years ago

Plot twist: he did it all breaststroke

that guy
Reply to  swimmerTX
3 years ago

breaststroke pull*

Fean Darris
3 years ago

I saw Dean Farris at a grocery store in Austin yesterday. I told him how cool it was to meet him in person, but I didn’t want to be a douche and bother him and ask him for photos or anything. He said, “Oh, like you’re doing now?” I was taken aback, and all I could say was “Huh?” but he kept cutting me off and going “huh? huh? huh?” and closing his hand shut in front of my face. I walked away and continued with my shopping, and I heard him chuckle as I walked off. When I came to pay for my stuff up front I saw him trying to walk out the doors with like fifteen Milky… Read more »

Reply to  Fean Darris
3 years ago

I can’t tell if this is a bad attempt at satire or something else entirely.

Reply to  Blackflag82
3 years ago

This is a copy and paste meme from the nba subreddit on reddit. It originally was about Steve Blake.

Reply to  Fean Darris
3 years ago

i found it funny

3 years ago

Is Aislin Farris so blessed to be related to his lord and majesty?

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