Dean Farris to Return to Harvard This Fall After Olympic Redshirt

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Harvard’s Dean Farris will be back in Cambridge this fall after taking an Olympic redshirt year that was disrupted by the COVID-19 cancellations. Farris, who was training down in Austin, Texas this past season under legendary coach Eddie Reese, will be swimming for Harvard this coming season in what will be his official senior season, the school confirmed to Swimming World.

Farris had a tremendous junior season for the Crimson in 2019, taking home NCAA titles in the 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle, as well as setting an American record in the 200 freestyle. These efforts helped Harvard finish eighth as a team, their highest finish since 1964. Dean Farris also won the Crimson’s first NCAA swimming title since Olympic medalist David Berkoff won the 100 back in 1988.

Harvard won its fourth straight Ivy League Championship title this last season, and with the addition of Dean Farris and Raphael Marcoux, who also took an Olympic redshirt, next season, that streak could extend to a fifth year. The Crimson will be adding a stacked freshman class next season with the additions of:

Raphael Marcoux will also be re-joining Harvard’s team after an Olympic redshirt this season. Marcoux was 36th in the 50 free at the 2019 NCAAs and swam a best time 19.22 in leading off the 200 free relay team. He also boasts a 42.95 in the 100 free that he swam at the 2019 Ivy League Championships.

Dean Farris is still a major threat to make the US Olympic Team in the 100 & 200 free and the 100 back. In 2019, he was ranked fourth in the country in the 200 free and seventh in the 100, as well as tenth in the 100 back.

Raphael Marcoux took an Olympic redshirt to try and make Canada’s Olympic Team as their Trials are the week after men’s NCAAs. In 2019, Marcoux was ranked sixth in Canada in the 50 free and 10th in the 100 free. Marcoux will be a junior next season.