University of Chicago Gets Verbal from Santa Clara’s David Farr

Santa Clara Swim Club’s David Farr has made a verbal commitment to swim for the University of Chicago in 2015-16. A 4.0 member of the USA Swimming Scholastic All-America Team, Farr is a senior at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. He contributed to The Bells’ historic 30th consecutive CIF-Central Coast Section Boys Swimming and Diving title last spring, taking sixth in the 200 IM (1:52.31) and winning the consols of the 100 fly (51.89).

Farr’s top times include:

200y IM: 1:52.31 200m IM: 2:10.44
400y IM: 4:10.32 400m IM: 4:47.21
100y free: 47.33 100m free: 54.82
200y free: 1:42.60 200m free: 1:58.07
500y free: 4:40.49 400m free: 4:13.68
100y fly: 51.89 100m fly: 57.93
200y fly: 1:56.98 200m fly: 2:04.47

There are a lot of places Farr could add value to the Maroons’ lineup. To begin with, Chicago’s men finished second to Emory in the 2014 UAA Conference Championships by only 3.5 points, so an extra swimmer here or there makes a huge difference. Farr’s times would have placed him in:

  • B-final of 500 free (an event where Chicago 0 “A”, 0 “B” and 1 “C” finalists)
  • A-final of 200 IM (Chicago had 3/0/1)
  • B-final of 400 IM (Chicago had 3/1/1)
  • C-final of 100 fly (Chicago had 3/0/1)
  • B-final of 200 free (Chicago had 3/1/0)
  • C-final of 200 fly (Chicago had 1/2/1)

That leaves a lot of leeway for the Maroons to figure out where someone as versatile of Farr will have the greatest impact. One thing to watch: Farr knocked 10.5 seconds off his 200m fly and 4 off his 100m fly this past summer, so there’s likely some improvement to come in his SCY times as well. All in all, Farr is a great get for the Maroons who just may have enough depth to take over the conference leadership role in the years to come.

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About Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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