Watch Dean Farris Anchor Harvard’s 800 Free Relay in 1:30.69


Wednesday night Harvard’s Dean Farris once again proved that Ivy League swimming is not to be overlooked as he put up the fifth-fastest 800 freestyle relay split of all time anchoring Harvard’s record-setting relay at the 2018 Ivy League Championships.

Harvard’s 800 free relay destroyed the meet record of 6:19.80 that they set last season, as well as the pool record of 6:24.75, which had belonged to Princeton. Junior Brennan Novak got things started with a 1:34.50 split to lead off the relay, which was followed up with a 1:35.21 from freshman Mahlon Reihman and then a 1:36.38 from sophomore Zach Snyder. At 600 yards it was still a close race with Harvard leading Princeton by only 3/100ths, 4:46.09 to 4:46.12, respectively, and then Farris dove in.

Fastest 800 Free Relay Splits:

  1. Townley Haas, 1:30.42, 2017
  2. Townley Haas, 1:30.52, 2017
  3. Michael Wynalda, 1:30.60, 2014
  4. Soeren Dahl, 1:30.67, 2017
  5. Dean Farris, 1:30.69, 2018

Farris, a sophomore, exploded onto the scene last year as he gradually chiseled his lifetime best in the 200 freestyle from a 1:36.00 down to a 1:31.56. At the 2017 NCAA Championships, Farris placed 4th behind defending champion and American Record Holder Townley Haas of Texas, and USC’s Dylan Carter and Indiana’s Blake Pieroni, who tied for 2nd.

Video is courtesy of Ed Novak.

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Memes aside, looks like he was pretty relaxed the first 100, started to tighten up a bit down the stretch. Here’s hoping that he’s not fully tapered and those final 2 50s can get faster by NCs!


Can someone fill me in on the Dean Farris jokes?

Caeleb Dressel Will Get 8 golds in Tokyo

@Ervin He dropped like 6 seconds in his 200 free last year.


@Ervin because he is Deanbiscuit but not small. “Seabiscuit had an inauspicious start to his racing career, but became an unlikely champion and a symbol of hope to many Americans during the Great Depression.”


What’s with those floppy legs on the dive man? Ultimate flopper.

Coach MM

Is he related to Chuck Norris?

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