Dean Farris, Raphael Marcoux To Return To Harvard Roster For 2020-2021 Season

American record-holder Dean Farris will return to the Harvard roster for the 2020-2021 NCAA season after an Olympic gap year. So will NCAA qualifier Raphael Marcoux.

The school confirmed both swimmers will rejoin the program this coming season. Farris (USA) and Marcoux (Canada) are both Olympic hopefuls for their respective nations, and sat out last college season to prepare for Olympic Trials meets in long course meters.

Farris is a huge returner for the Crimson. As a junior in 2019, he was one of the top few candidates for Swimmer of the Year after winning two events (100 back in 43.66; 100 free in 40.80) and setting new American and NCAA records with a 1:29.15 leadoff of the 800 free relay.

Farris’s Top Times

  • 200y free: 1:29.15
  • 100y free: 40.80
  • 50y free: 18.92
  • 100y back: 43.66
  • 200y back: 1:38.99

Last summer, Farris also went 48.07 in the long course 100 free and 1:46.45 in the long course 200 free, putting himself in the thick of crowded fields pushing for Olympic relay spots in both events.

He should be a senior for Harvard this coming season after sitting out last year and training out of the University of Texas.

Marcoux is a strong sprint fly/free type who should also be a senior this year. He was an NCAA qualifier in the 50 free as a junior, and swam key legs on a number of scoring relays for Harvard.

Marcoux’s Top Times

  • 50y free: 19.22
  • 100y free: 42.95
  • 100y fly: 46.44

The Tokyo Olympics were postponed to 2021, causing some speculation as to whether the long list of Olympic gap years and redshirts across the country would take a second consecutive season off. But we’ve confirmed quite a few of the top names to be returning as of this week, with Farris the biggest among them.

Farris and Marcoux had an extra layer of complication – the Ivy League as a rule doesn’t allow graduate students to compete in intercollegiate athletics, even if they have years of eligibility remaining. So delaying their final year of college swimming would also have to delay their final year of college courses, and push back their graduation.

Farris and Marcoux rejoin a Harvard program that brought in one of our top 25 or so recruiting classes nationwide this offseason.

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3 months ago

Harvard top 6 at NCs next year??

JP input is too short
Reply to  JCO
3 months ago

I wonder if Marcoux could muscle out a good 50 breast… because otherwise Grant on back, Gures on fly, Farris on free is 3/4 of an awesome medley relay.

Reply to  JCO
3 months ago

Yep. And Seliskar’s 200 IM-Free-Breast combo will pale in comparison to Farris’s wins in 50 Free, 400 IM, and Platform Diving in 2021. [/swimswamcommenters]

Reply to  JCO
3 months ago


Sun Yangs Hammer
3 months ago

First good swimming news in months

3 months ago

1:28.5 200 free, 43.3 100 back, 40.3 100 free, 1:37.5 200 back, take your pick. Know training with Eddie only helped Dean. Sure it was mostly LCM training but it’ll come back quick

Reply to  Ragnar
3 months ago

He could break Murphy’s 100 back and 200 Back Records next year which is wild to think about how far ahead of the field he was when it happened in 2016. Which Dean was in attendance for.

Reply to  Swimnerd
3 months ago

200 Back? Pretty fast record.

Reply to  Swimnerd
3 months ago

If he break the 200 free AND 200 Back, his 100 Free LCM will be top 4 without a doubt. So excited for this year to be over

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