ZUMO Performance of the Week: Dean Farris Kicks Off Head Turning Meet With An NCAA And American Record

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Dean Farris at the 2019 Men's NCAA Championships, Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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This week’s ZUMO Performance of the Week goes to Dean Farris for his American and NCAA record in the 200 free at the 2019 NCAA Men’s Division I Swimming and Diving National Championships in Austin, Texas.

It was hard to mention Men’s Division I NCAA’s last week and not hear about the junior from Harvard, and rightfully so. Farris had a breakthrough meet that started off with a huge statement swim as part of Harvard’s 800 free relay. Swimming in the second heat in lane 5, Farris led off with a blistering 1:29.15 that broke Townley Haas’ American and NCAA records.

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)

That bettered Farris’ previous best of 1:30.83 from this year’s Ivy Championships by almost two seconds and made him the third man to swim under 1:30 in the 200 free.

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)

Race Video:

Post-Race Interview:

His American record was just the start of a stellar meet for the Harvard junior, which included two individual NCAA titles in the 100 back (43.66) and 100 free (40.80) that made him the second and third fastest performer in history, respectively. His performances helped buoy Harvard to an 8th place team finish, the team’s first top-10 finish since 1963 and the first for an Ivy League school since 1969.

Congratulations to Dean Farris on earning ZUMO’s Performance of the Week!

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