Dean Farris Earns Swim Star Status: GMM Presented by

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Harvard’s Dean Farris had the swim meet every SwimSwam commenter has dreamed about at the 2019 NCAA DI Swimming and Diving Championships. Maybe it’s no surprise. Maybe the wisdom of the commenting crowd came through.  Dean has been performing well since his freshmen year, and he’s been throwing down NCAA contending times since January of this year, starting with the Harvard-Yale-Princeton tri-meet.  While I was certain he fully rested for Ivy’s, Dean explained he did not taper for his conference championships.

During NCAAs Dean’s media coverage drove a lot of the traffic. Fans were curious and tuned in. It was a truly swim-star breakout performance.

  • 200 Free (800 relay lead off) – 1:29.15
  • 100 Back – 43.66 (with Ryan Murphy watching from the stands) 
  • 100 Free – 40.80

As an aside, I met his parents last year at USA Swimming Nationals in Irvine, CA. They are a nice couple, clearly supportive swim parents…and, yes, they were a little baffled by the Dean Farris love in the SwimSwam comment section. I tried my best to explain it, adding that I felt the core of the  “commenter love” was a hope that Dean would evolve into a swim star.  Now that that box has been checked, let’s look forward to the future.

How fast will Dean swim this summer? I’m going easy on this. I think summer 2019 for Dean is where Dressel was summer 2015.  Please characterize it the way you feel in the comments.

100 free – I’m thinking 48 low
100 back –  53 low (but feeling like it should really be 52+)
200 free – 1:45+

Dean’s meters history is lean.  I’d push the predictions more if he had more big boy experience.  At this point, I think a solid showing this summer will signal a great 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials and a Team USA slot. But who cares what I think. What do you think?

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Benjamin van der Wel
3 years ago

All I know is two things. One, I’m a big fan of Dean Farris and think he’ll have a fantastic summer. And Two, a few weeks ago I swam in Blodgett Pool at Harvard, his home pool. So some of our molecules are now mixed together and I predict I’ll win a national USMS title next year because of it. 🙂

3 years ago

Rest, shave, and a suit produce less than a 2 second improvement for a 200? That’s surprising. Is that a measure of how much harder it is to swim a 1:29 than a 1:30?

Tea rex
3 years ago

Q: Farris is not eligible for any international rosters this summer, right?

His flip turns were a big component of his wins, but I think he would have a shot at a couple relay spots if USA had a normal worlds qualifying procedure.

Reply to  Tea rex
3 years ago

Literally mentions WUGs in the video

wild Bill
3 years ago

My best Dean Farris Meme – posted on:



Apologies if posted earlier by someone –

Dean Farris – Super Star

Get the T-Shirt

Buy the Cereal

Buy the Action Figure

Soon to be a Major Motion Picture

Best selling Book in the works

Harvard – Everyone wants him –

Rumor – Goldman Sachs to be renamed Dean Farris Investments and Partners.

Rumor – Naming rights soon to be for sale (FEDEX Field to be Dean Farris Stadium of Excellence)

Mount Rushmore?

Nobel Prize?

Olympic Gold Medal – Yes!

3 years ago

Dean will create a temporal distortion around him and become the first swimmer ever to finish a race before the gun even goes off and reset the World records as negative times. Unbreakable for eternity.

100free LCM: – 2.30 sec
100back LCM: – 3:05 sec
200free LCM: – 5:21 sec

3 years ago

Where’s Bobogigi??? I miss his comments… tired of Yozhik

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Hswimmer
3 years ago

Yes, Bobo where are you?

Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
3 years ago

he went training the French squad – he was tired of seing their struggle ….

3 years ago

I’ll take that he will get under 48 free, but not under 53 back. I think his 2 free success will help tremendously with the 100 lcm, but his 100 back with strong underwaters won’t translate as well.

3 years ago

48.4 / 1.46.8 / 53.2 – I truly beleive in His LC Potential after his recent NCAA Prowess . His stroke on both free and back is powerful and his underwaters pretty long & very effective .

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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