Dean Farris Smashes NCAA, American Record in 200 Free

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Harvard junior Dean Farris got off to a huge start in the 200 free on Wednesday night at the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas. Farris swam a 1:29.15 to take down Townley Haas’s record of 1:29.50 set in 2018. Farris is now the third man to break 1:30 in the history of the sport, joining Haas and Blake Pieroni (1:29.63).

Farris was faster than all of the other lead-off legs in the entire relay by almost a full second with Cal’s Andrew Seliskar leading off in a 1:30.14 to move up to fourth all-time. Indiana’s Zach Apple also led off the Hoosiers with a 1:30.34 to move up to fifth all-time.

Harvard finished in seventh place with their team of Farris, Brennan Novak (1:33.77), Mahlon Reihman (1:34.39) and Corban Rawls (1:34.42).

7 Harvard                             6:15.38    6:11.73   24  
     1) Farris, Dean JR               2) r:0.32 Novak, Brennan SR     
     3) r:0.37 Reihman, Mahlon SO     4) r:0.21 Rawls, Corban SO      
    r:+0.67  20.56        42.89 (42.89)
      1:05.43 (1:05.43)   1:29.15 (1:29.15)
        1:50.29 (21.14)     2:13.78 (44.63)
      2:38.09 (1:08.94)   3:02.92 (1:33.77)
        3:23.97 (21.05)     3:47.40 (44.48)
      4:11.92 (1:09.00)   4:37.31 (1:34.39)
        4:58.67 (21.36)     5:22.32 (45.01)
      5:46.94 (1:09.63)   6:11.73 (1:34.42)

All-Time List:

  1. Dean Farris, Harvard, 1:29.15 (2019)
  2. Townley Haas, Texas, 1:29.50 (2018)
  3. Blake Pieroni, Indiana, 1:29.63 (2018)
  4. Andrew Seliskar, Cal, 1:30.14 (2019)
  5. Zach Apple, Indiana, 1:30.34 (2019)
  6. Dylan Carter, USC, 1:30.95 (2017)
  7. Simon Burnett, Arizona, 1:31.20 (2006)
  8. Mikel Schreuders, Missouri, 1:31.27 (2019)

Check out the full results of the relay here.

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Thomila Sue Stegman Smith

WOW!! Way to go Dean!!

Robert Taffet
5 years ago


Anne Emaus
5 years ago

That’s smoking fast!!

5 years ago

wow….a whole new world…….I thought “ambrose” was fast at 1:33……in 1981……would be great if he makes the olympic team…… harvard swimmer since bobby hacket……yonkers finest!!!!!………the ghost of andy coan………

Harvard Alum
5 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

David Berkhoff????

Bill Thompson
5 years ago


Anne Emaus
5 years ago

That’s smoking fast!!

Kara Muscillo
5 years ago

Patrick Bohen 1:29!!! Omg!

Patrick Bohen
5 years ago
Reply to  Kara Muscillo

Kara Muscillo WOW that’s INSANELY FAST ?

Reilly Ploplis
5 years ago

Man, where was he last year?

Thomas A. Small
5 years ago


gatra Mallard
5 years ago

Delighted to see this news!! Congratulations, Dean, and parents!!!! gatra mallard

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