2017 Ivy League Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships
- Wednesday, February 22 – Saturday, February 25
- Blodgett Pool, Harvard University, Boston MA (Eastern Standard Time)
- Prelims 11AM / Finals 6PM
- Championship Central
- Psych Sheet
- Live Results
- Live on Ivy League Digital Network (Subscription Only)
The Ivy League changed its Swimming and Diving championships this year, adding a half-day at on Wednesday to accommodate the 200 medley relay and the 800 free relay. The new format has given Harvard freshman Dean Farris a chance to shine, and he’s been tearing it up from the outset.
After a busy Wednesday night in which he anchored Harvard’s winning 200 medley and 800 free relays in 18.89 and 1:31.29, respectively, Farris took Thursday off. He wasn’t even on the Harvard 200 free relay (although they won by nearly 7/10 without him).
That break from racing seemed to work wonders for Farris; on Friday he unleashed a pair of prelims swims for the record books. First, in the 200 free, Farris ripped a 1:32.71 to erase a 37-year-old Blodgett Pool record set by Auburn’s Rowdy Gaines (1:34.57). At the same time he took 8/10 off the championship record (1:33.50), which Kenyon assistant coach Doug Lennox set while swimming for Princeton at the 2009 Ivy Championships. Two events later, Farris came back and wiped out another pair of records with a 45.74 in the 100 back. He was 1.1 under the pool mark set by Princeton’s Michael Strand in 2014, and 2/10 faster than the Championship Record set by Columbia’s David Jakl’s in 2014. Farris earned a NCAA “A” cut in the 200 free, and was .37 away from another one in the backstroke.
Coming into Harvard, Farris was a 1:36.0 200 freestyler and a 47.3 100 backstroker. Take a look at how he has improved:
|200 Free||200 Free||100 Back||100 Back||200 Back|
|PB||February 2017||March 2016||February 2017||December 2015||March 2016|
|100||45.36 (23.68)||46.04 (24.05)||45.74 (23.40)||47.36 (24.21)||49.58 (25.47)|
|150||1:08.52 (23.16)||1:10.75 (24.71)||1:15.74 (26.16)|
|200||1:32.71 (24.19)||1:36.00 (25.25)||1:42.98 (27.24)|
Assuming Farris swims the 200 back on Saturday, we’ve added his splits to the above table for future comparison’s sake.
Gaines congratulated Farris via social media:
— Rowdy Gaines (@RowdyGaines) February 24, 2017