Dean Farris Wins Harvard’s First NCAA Title Since 1989 in 100 Back

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Harvard junior Dean Farris blistered the 100 back final on Friday night at the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships with a 43.66 to scare Ryan Murphy’s 43.49 NCAA and American Record from 2016.

Farris went out in a 20.85 and held on to win Harvard’s first NCAA title in 30 years. NC State’s Coleman Stewart (43.98) finished in second in the race as Farris and Stewart became the second and third swimmers to break 44 seconds in the event.

Farris is the first Harvard man to win an individual NCAA title in swimming and diving since David Berkoff won the 100 back in 1989.

Grand Canyon’s Mark Nikolaev (44.33) had the highest finish for a Grand Canyon swimmers with his swim tonight. Nikolaev moved to fifth all-time.

Texas’ John Shebat (44.71), who was second the last two years, placed fourth for the Longhorns. Texas had two A-finalists with Ryan Harty (45.05) placing fifth.

Louisville’s Nick Albiero (45.08), Cal’s Daniel Carr (45.21) and Georgia’s Javier Acevedo (45.24) also swam in the A-Final.

Harvard now has three NCAA titles in the 100 back as Farris joins Berkoff (1987, 89) as winners of the event for the Crimson.

All-Time List:

  1. Ryan Murphy, Cal, 43.49 (2016)
  2. Dean Farris, Harvard, 43.66 (2019)
  3. Coleman Stewart, NC State, 43.98 (2019)
  4. Nick Thoman, Swim MAC, 44.07 (2013)
  5. Mark Nikolaev, Grand Canyon, 44.33 (2019)
  6. John Shebat, Texas, 44.35 (2017)
  7. Matt Grevers, Tucson Ford, 44.49 (2013)
  8. Connor Oslin, Alabama, 44.56 (2017)
 Event 12  Men 100 Yard Backstroke
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         NCAA: N 43.49  25-Mar-16 Ryan Murphy, California
         Meet: M 43.49  25-Mar-16 Ryan Murphy, California
     American: A 43.49  25-Mar-16 Ryan Murphy, California
   U. S. Open: O 43.49  25-Mar-16 Ryan Murphy, California
         Pool: P 44.06  29-Mar-19 Coleman Stewart, NC State
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Farris, Dean           JR Harvard             44.14      43.66P  20  
    r:+0.64  20.85        43.66 (22.81)
  2 Stewart, Coleman       JR NC State            44.06      43.98P  17  
    r:+0.65  21.38        43.98 (22.60)
  3 Nikolaev, Mark         SR Grand Canyon        44.91      44.33   16  
    r:+0.68  21.94        44.33 (22.39)
  4 Shebat, John           SR Texas               44.79      44.71   15  
    r:+0.64  21.19        44.71 (23.52)
  5 Harty, Ryan            JR Texas               45.05      45.05   14  
    r:+0.66  21.91        45.05 (23.14)
  6 Albiero, Nicolas       SO Louisville          44.93      45.08   13  
    r:+0.63  21.95        45.08 (23.13)
  7 Carr, Daniel           SO California          44.86      45.21   12  
    r:+0.58  21.74        45.21 (23.47)
  8 Acevedo, Javier        JR Georgia             45.09      45.24   11  
    r:+0.67  22.07        45.24 (23.17)
Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 12                  
 
  1. California                        338   2. Texas                             271
  3. Indiana                         239.5   4. NC State                          183
  5. Florida                           122   6. Louisville                        121
  7. Harvard                            90   8. Missouri                           82
  9. Alabama                            70   9. Arizona                            70
 11. Virginia                           66  12. Michigan                           62
 13. Ohio St                            56  13. Stanford                           56
 15. Texas A&M                          55  16. Southern Cali                      53
 17. Georgia                            46  18. Minnesota                          45
 19. Florida St                         42  20. Arizona St                       30.5
 21. Tennessee                          30  22. Georgia Tech                       29
 23. Purdue                             19  24. Penn                               18
 25. Duke                               17  25. Penn St                            17
 27. Grand Canyon                       16  28. South Carolina                     14
 29. University of Miami                13  30. Lsu                                 9
 31. Missouri St. (M)                    7  32. Auburn                              6
 32. Princeton                           6  32. Virginia Tech                       6
 35. Kentucky                            5  36. Navy                                4
 37. Hawaii                              3  37. Notre Dame                          3
 39. Towson                              2  40. Denver                              1

7 comments

  1. Lisa Bendall

    Congratulations GCU. #proudalumni

  2. Stephen Paul

    all hail dean hallowed be thy name dean farris

  3. Craig Welday

    good job men…fast!

  4. Jim Densmore

    How bout that Wolfman?

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    Taylor Covington

    Go Harvard! Great student-athletes!