Dean Farris: ‘It Was Definitely an Unreal Week’ (VIDEO INTERVIEW)


Dean Farris wrapped up a breakout week at the men’s NCAA championships Saturday night with his second individual title, this one in the 100 free. Farris swam a time of 40.80, making him the third-fastest performer in history, and just fast enough to hold off Minnesota’s Bowen Becker.

Farris explained what it meant to him to see Harvard finish eighth in the team race and what it meant to put up such a strong performance with two individual titles. He also discussed how he perceived a chip on his shoulder going into the meet and how he stayed mentally focused throughout the four days.

Recap of 100 free:

Harvard junior Dean Farris continued his incredible meet at the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas as he swam a 40.80 to win his second individual title of the weekend. Farris held off a hard charge from Minnesota senior Bowen Becker (40.83) who gave Farris everything he could handle the final 25.

Farris moved up to third all-time in the 100 free as Becker moved up to fourth.

Indiana senior Zach Apple (41.45) placed third for the Hoosiers as he was just off his best time of 41.36 from 2018.

The youngest in the final was freshman Daniel Krueger (41.56), who placed fourth for the Longhorns. Texas is 53 points out of first place as they are scratching for everything they can get to win a fifth straight team title in their home pool.

Cal picked up points from Ryan Hoffer (41.82) and Pawel Sendyk (42.06) in sixth and eighth.

Alabama’s Robert Howard (41.75) and NC State’s Justin Ress (42.00) also swam in the A-Final.

Harvard now has three NCAA titles in the 100 free as Farris joins the likes of Charles Hutter (1936) and Henry Dyer (1957) as winners of the event for the Crimson.