Dean Farris Shatters American, NCAA Records In 200 Freestyle – 1:29.15


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Dean Farris smashed the NCAA, American, and U.S. Open Records in the 200 free on the lead-off leg of Harvard’s 800 free relay at the Men’s NCAA Championships, clocking 1:29.15 to erase Townley Haas‘ mark of 1:29.50 set last year.

Swimming in the second of three heats, the junior went out in a hellacious pace over the first 150, splitting 20.56, 22.33 (42.89), and 22.54 (1:05.43). His only 50 over 23 was the final one, closing in 23.72.

Compared to Haas, he was slightly faster on the front half, significantly faster on the third 50, and a bit slower coming home. Check out the splits:

Haas, 2018 NCAAs Farris, 2019 NCAAs
20.64 20.56
22.48 (43.12) 22.33 (42.89)
23.06 (1:06.18) 22.54 (1:05.43)
23.32 (1:29.50) 23.72 (1:29.15)

Haas had set the record in the individual event of the 2018 Championships after Blake Pieroni became the first man ever sub-1:30 on the lead-off of the relay in 1:29.63.

Incredibly, Farris isn’t even contesting the 200 free individually, instead opting to swim the 100 back on day three. Prior to this swim his best time was 1:30.83 from the Ivy League Championships at the beginning of March.

The record-setting lead-off helped Harvard to place second in heat two (of three), ultimately finishing seventh overall in 6:11.73. Andrew Seliskar (1:30.14) and Zach Apple (1:30.34) were the next fastest swimmers on the lead-off leg for Cal and Indiana respectively, while Haas anchored Texas in 1:29.66 for the fastest split of all-time (overtaking Farris’ 1:30.22). The Longhorns won in a new American and NCAA Record of 6:05.08.

After tonight, the all-time fastest performers are:

  1. Dean Farris, 1:29.15
  2. Townley Haas, 1:29.50
  3. Blake Pieroni, 1:29.63
  4. Andrew Seliskar, 1:30.14
  5. Zach Apple, 1:30.34

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Mr Piano

Guys, we all enjoyed the memes and all…. BUT I DIDN’T ACTUALLY THINK THIS WOULD HAPPEN.


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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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