Exclusive: Dean Farris Talks Decision to Redshirt NCAA Season, Train at Texas

It’s official: Harvard’s Dean Farris has announced his plans to take an Olympic redshirt for the 2019-2020 NCAA season. For the next 14 months, Farris will focus exclusively on long course training and competition. In addition to his new focus on long course, Farris will also utilize a new home pool at the University of Texas under the guidance of Eddie Reese. Harvard head coach Kevin Tyrrell and Associate head coach Sam Pitter will remain in close contact with Farris, making occasional trips to Austin over the course of the next year.

According to Tyrrell, Farris’ incredible performances at the 2019 NCAA Championships were the culmination of a three-year process that cemented their decision to redshirt the 2019-2020 season. Tyrrell’s full interview on Farris’ upcoming year of training with the Longhorn men can be found here.

As for Farris, the next year until Olympic Trials is about growth, training alongside, and learning from some of the fastest swimmers and best coaches in the world. Of course, making the Olympic Team is the dream, but placing either top-2 or top-6 in any one of his primary events at Trials cannot be the only metric for success. See Farris’ full interview below:

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PVSFree
2 years ago

Weird that Dean would redshirt to try and win the Master’s. Guess only the GOATs go from swimming to golf

ForTheLoveOfSwimming
2 years ago

Good decision. We’ll look forward to great performances from Dean in 2020.

Mikeh
2 years ago

If possible this simply adds to his awesomeness. Hook ‘em.

Swimming4silver
2 years ago

it helps that his GF lives and trains in Austin too 🙂

Taa
Reply to  Swimming4silver
2 years ago

Thats what they call a fringe benefit.

PVSFree
Reply to  Swimming4silver
2 years ago

Madisyn Cox right?

Swammer
Reply to  PVSFree
2 years ago

Yes ( I’m relying on previous comments)

Observer
Reply to  Swimming4silver
2 years ago

Girls make your legs weak

Honest Observer
2 years ago

Everything he said makes sense. Given how solid a shot he has at making the team, it would have made no sense for him to try to take on an academic load for the year as well as point toward Trials. This just means he’ll do that 1:28 in ’21 rather than ’20.

Ragnar
Reply to  Honest Observer
2 years ago

1:27.8

Tm71
Reply to  Honest Observer
2 years ago

That’s after he goes 1.42 in the OG lol

Hswimmer
2 years ago

Madisyn Farris sounds good to me

Swammer
2 years ago

Cody Miller said something about this a while back on The Cody Miller Show.

googoodoll
2 years ago

Dean is pretty smart feller. I believe this virtually locks him on the USA Olympic Team.

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