WATCH: Dean Farris Breaks American Record in 200 Free


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Originally reported by James Sutherland

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:

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 two fastest on their team’s opening legs, 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 6:05.03.

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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We all knew this day would come. The blasphemous doubters have had their minds shattered.

The Dean is here.


All Hail the Lord Dean

Disciple of Dean

Our Lord Dean Farris, on the night in which He was doubted, took the 200 freestyle record, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to his disciples and said, ‘Take; revel; this is My record, swum for you. Do this for the remembrance of Me.’ Later that week, He took the 100 back record, and when He had given thanks, He broke it for them saying, ‘Revel in this all of you. These records are the New Testament of Dean, swum for you for the forgiveness of doubt. Do this for the remembrance of Me.’

Disciple of Dean

Our Father, who art in Harvard, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is at Harvard. Give us this day our daily record; and forgive us our doubts as we forgive those who doubt you; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from Texas. For the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours now and forever. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Dean, amen.

Wild Bill

How about the 50 Free?

Wild Bill

Or the 100 Free?

Wild Bill

Plus two relay lead offs



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