Dean Farris Explains Santa Clara Performances, Texas Training (Video)

Reported by James Sutherland.


  • PSS Record: 1:44.82, Sun Yang, 2016
  1. Jack LeVant, NTN, 1:48.43
  2. Andrew Seliskar, CAL, 1:49.23
  3. Markus Thormeyer, HPVC, 1:49.26
  4. Townley Haas, NOVA, 1:49.80
  5. Mitch D’Arrigo, GSC, 1:50.00
  6. Jay Litherland, DYNA, 1:50.16
  7. Grant Shoults, UN, 1:50.25
  8. Zane Grothe, MVN, 1:50.50
  9. Mark Szaranek, GSC, 1:50.65

Stanford commit Jack LeVant of the North Texas Natadores threw down a personal best 1:48.43 in the final heat of the men’s 200 freestyle, qualifying 1st for the final ahead of a loaded field. Andrew Seliskar and Townley Haas also cracked 1:50 in the heat, as six of the nine A-finalists came from that heat.

Markus Thormeyer had his fastest swim of the season to win the first circle-seeded heat in 1:49.26, qualifying 3rd, while Mitch D’Arrigo took heat 6 in 1:50.00 for 5th. Plenty of big names missed the A-final, including Jack Conger (1:50.72), Tae Hwan Park (1:50.82), Clark Smith (1:51.25) and Jan Switkowski (1:51.75). Caeleb Dressel declared a false start.

Also of note, Dean Farris looked to be well on his way to making the ‘A’, splitting 1:21.42 through the 150, faster than everyone other than LeVant, but then pulled up on the final 50 for a few seconds before touching in 1:52.43, splitting 31.0.


  1. Michael Jensen, CAL, 49.83
  2. Markus Thormeyer, HPVC, 49.90
  3. Zach Apple, UN, 49.91
  4. Dean Farris, HARV, 49.92
  5. Michael Chadwick, UN, 50.11
  6. Josh Fleagle, UN, 50.16
  7. Caeleb Dressel, BSS, 50.24
  8. Ryan Murphy, CAL, 50.35
  9. Long Gutierrez, CAL, 50.37

Cal’s Michael Jensen leads the men’s 100 free into the final after clocking in at 49.83, in what was an insanely close prelims where a ton of big names missed the A-final. Jensen won the first circle-seeded heat, just ahead of Dean Farris, while Markus Thormeyer and Zach Apple were the only two others to crack 50.

Long Gutierrez won the penultimate heat, but ended up 9th overall, with Nathan Adrian placing 3rd in the heat and ultimately missing the A-final in 15th (50.57). Caeleb Dressel did get through in 7th, while Yuri Kisil (50.38), Park Tae Hwan (50.44) and Townley Haas (50.50) were a few others who missed. This puts an end to Adrian’s PSS unbeaten streak in the event.

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Just Sayin
3 years ago

Simply legendary

3 years ago

This guy is very funny without even trying.

Caeleb Dressel Will Win 9 Gold Medals in Tokyo
3 years ago

Our Lord and Savior!

3 years ago


What have we done to deserve such perfection as Dream Farris?

3 years ago

You think the sun burnt dean bad? You shouldar what dean didto the sun.!

Reply to  Swimmer
3 years ago

You’ve gotta look really closely, though, cause it’s far away. For at least an hour. And don’t let those sunglasses get in your way.

3 years ago

Going to Texas to train with some of the USA national team was a good move.

The 100 and 200 LCM free are competitive events. Dean seems to be taking on the challenge of racing at the World and Olympic level, and not just the college scene.

Reply to  marklewis
3 years ago

I think he makes the relay in the 4×200. Not so sure about the 100 though (not saying he can’t just that he’s more of a dark horse in that event). Would he do any other events? I guess maybe the 400 free? I know he did some backstroke at NCAAs, but USA is Uber loaded there. I really hope he makes the team somehow.

Reply to  SVIRD
3 years ago

Are you kidding? He probably won’t bother entering the 100 because his first 100 of the 200 will be a new world record on the flip. Dressel will realize the greatness of Farris and offer him his 100 spot and the relay anchor, and then Dean will go on to singlehandedly win the gold, silver, and bronze in the 100 free while doing side stroke.

Reply to  Blackflag82
3 years ago

He doesn’t need to anchor the relay, he can do it by himself and still win.

Reply to  marklewis
3 years ago

Sure, the 100 and 200 LCM free events are competitive, but there are still have 3x the spots available in those event so it’s a pretty logical choice to go after them

3 years ago

Why does Sir Dean the Magnificent not transfer to the U of Texas?

Reply to  Brutus
3 years ago

I’d guess that it’s a possibility, but it’s hard to walk away from a Harvard degree when you don’t have a definite pro swimming future yet

Reply to  DMacNCheez
3 years ago

Are you implying a Harvard degree is somehow better than a degree from U of Texas? Blessed are the poor in spirit. Harvard is third tier in the Ivy League. Yale = Gold, Princeton = Silver and Haavurd = Bronze and Lead.

Becky D
Reply to  Brutus
3 years ago

Because… um…. Harvard?

Mr. F
Reply to  Brutus
3 years ago

Silly question. The better question is why doesn’t Texas transfer up to Dean Farris?

Reply to  Mr. F
3 years ago

Good point

sane swim parent
Reply to  Mr. F
3 years ago

for the win

Reply to  Mr. F
3 years ago

Because he’s at Harvard.

Sir Swimsalot
3 years ago

Nothing, not even a wicked goggle tan, can subdue the excellence that is Dean Farris.

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