No. 24 Men's Swimming Earns Eight All-America Accolades at NCAA Championships

Dean Farris won the 100-yard backstroke at the Hall of Fame Invitational (photo courtesy of Gail Farris).
Dean Farris won the 100-yard backstroke at the Hall of Fame Invitational (photo courtesy of Gail Farris).

MINNEAPOLIS – Sophomore Dean Farris highlighted an impressive performance by the No. 24 Harvard swimming team at the 2018 NCAA Championships on Saturday evening.

For the second straight year, Farris grabbed two individual All-America first team accolades in the 200-yard freestyle and backstroke. Entering the 2018 championships with the nation's top-time in the 200 free, the Atlanta native claimed first team honors finished sixth, posting a time of 1:32.12 on Friday night. On the final night, Farris registered his second first team honors of the meet, and fourth of his career, posting a seventh-place finish in the 200 back touching the wall with a time of 1:40.37.

After breaking the Harvard program record in the prelims of the 50 free with a time of 19.16, Farris earned All-America honorable mention honors, finishing 12th clocking in at 19.28.

Junior distance swimmers Brennan Novak and Logan Houck each recorded All-America honorable mention honors in the 500 free. Novak placed 14th with a time of 4:13.76, while Houck was not far behind, clocking in at 4:14.74 in 16th place. 

Additionally on the final day of the championship meet, Houck earned honorable mention honors in the mile race finishing 15th with a time of 14:45.41.

Three of the Crimson's relay squads earned All-America honorable mention honors. The 800 freestyle relay quartet of Novak, Farris, freshman Mahlon Reihman, and sophomore Zach Snyder eclipsed the program record, finishing with a time of 6:16.68. Harvard also grabbed honorable mention accolades in the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay.

The Crimson finished 18th, tallying 58 points, the top Ivy score at the 2018 NCAA Championship.