Swimming World Presents “Men’s NCAA Division I Mini-Feature: Dean Farris”

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Men’s NCAA Division I Mini-Feature: Dean Farris

Dean of the Pool

The first race of the meet wasn’t even to the final heat yet, but already the crowd at the NCAA Division I Men’s Championships was stunned.

Harvard’s Dean Farris put together the most shocking swim of the meet…and the meet was just minutes old.

Leading off the 800 yard free relay in the second of three heats, Farris crushed the NCAA/American/U.S. Open record of the 200 free, touching in 1:29.15. Just a year after Blake Pieroni and Townley Haas were the first two swimmers ever to go under 1:30, Farris nearly went under 1:29!

The biggest drama of the meet, though, wasn’t that he set the record—it was that he set it in the relay, and he wouldn’t be swimming the 200 free individual event, keeping the crowd from seeing if he could go even faster.
Of course, he went plenty fast in his other races, winning the 100 back and 100 free.

So, why not swim the 200 free?

Farris answered that after watching the 100 back last year, he was eager to try something different and thought it looked “fun.”

He made it even more fun on the next-to-last day of the meet when he surged to the NCAA title in the 100 back, clocking a 43.66 to become the second-fastest performer all-time. It was Harvard’s 11th individual title and first since 1989.

“I am just really excited,” said Farris. “I guess now it looks like the smart move. It was a good race, and it worked out.”

To read the full story of Dean Farris’ stunning performance at the NCAA D1 Champs,
check out the May 2019 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!

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FEATURES

016 NO LEDECKY…NO MANUEL… NO PROBLEM
by Dan D’Addona, David Rieder and Andy Ross
Relying on a younger team—with 10 underclass-men—Stanford still won its third straight women’s NCAA Division I swimming and diving team title. It’s just that this year’s margin of victory was much closer than the previous two.

WOMEN’S NCAA DIVISION I MINI-FEATURES:

018 BROOKE FORDE: MAKING THE EXTRA EFFORT

019 BEATA NELSON: UN-BEATA-BLE NELSON

021 ABBEY WEITZEIL/CAL BEARS: THE OTHER CHAMPIONS

022 LILLY KING: LILLY’S LEGACY

024 WOMEN’S NCAA DIVISION I PHOTO GALLERY
photos by Peter H. Bick

026 THE COMPLETE PACKAGE
by Dan D’Addona and David Rieder
The depth of Cal’s Golden Bears was on full display at this year’s men’s NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, proving they were the best team in the nation.

MEN’S NCAA DIVISION I MINI-FEATURES:

028 DANIEL CARR: SECOND CHANCE PAYS OFF

029 SILVER LININGS FOR SECOND-PLACE TEXAS

031 DEAN FARRIS: DEAN OF THE POOL

032 MEN’S NCAA DIVISION I PHOTO GALLERY
photos by Peter H. Bick

034 STILL NO. 1
by Andy Ross, Cathleen Pruden, Olivia Wile and Grace Nordquist
All of the schools that won college national championships last year for NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and NJCAA repeated as champions in 2019. Their winning streaks range from two to 45!

038 ’59 MICHIGAN TEAM STILL “THE GREATEST OF ’EM ALL”
by Bruce Wigo
For overall strength as well as balance in all the strokes, distances and diving, no team in history has ever dominated the men’s NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships like the 1959 University of Michigan Wolverines.

COACHING

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: FRANK KEEFE
by Michael J. Stott

014 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: CONDITIONING TO OPTIMIZE TECHNIQUE (Part 2)
by Rod Havriluk
As explained in Part 1, there are three types of sets that are critical to emphasizing technique: skill sets, transition sets and test sets. Part 2 presents strategies to integrate these three sets into a conditioning program.

041 SPECIAL SETS: TRAINING FOR THE 200 FLY
by Michael J. Stott
Coach Sean Farrell’s recent success with distance flyers at the Cheshire YMCA/Sea Dog Swim Club in Connecticut results from having good athletes, a defined sense of how to train them and a philosophy focused on training the whole athlete.

043 Q&A WITH COACH DAN MASCOLO
by Michael J. Stott

044 HOW THEY TRAIN JULIA STEVENS
by Michael J. Stott

JUNIOR SWIMMER

046 UP & COMERS: MORGAN RAZEWSKI
by Taylor Brien

COLUMNS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT

009 BEYOND THE YARDS

013 OFFICIAL WORD

040 DID YOU KNOW? ISHOF’S FIRST HONOREES: A “SPORTS SPECTACULAR”

047 GUTTER TALK

048 PARTING SHOT

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