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Dean Farris Captures NCAA Title in 100 Freestyle; Harvard Finishes in Eighth Place

Dean Farris won the 100-yard freestyle at the NCAA Championships to help Harvard finish in eighth place overall (Photo Courtesy: Justin Casterline).
Dean Farris won the 100-yard freestyle at the NCAA Championships to help Harvard finish in eighth place overall (Photo Courtesy: Justin Casterline).

Complete Results

AUSTIN, Texas – Harvard's Dean Farris won an NCAA title for the second time in as many days, claiming the 100-yard freestyle crown Saturday night at the NCAA Championships. The title came a day after the junior won the 100 back in Austin, Texas.

Farris, who won the prelim earlier in the day with a time of 41.00, edged out Minnesota's Bowe Becker to take home the national trophy. The Atlanta, Georgia native completed the race in a program-record 40.80, with Becker touching the pad three-hundredths of a second later at 40.83. Farris ultimately set the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center record twice, both in the prelims and then in the final.

With two individual titles under his belt, Farris is the first Crimson swimmer to win multiple events at the NCAA meet since Dave F. Hawkins '56 won the 100 and 200 breaststroke in 1954. It is only the third time a swimmer from Harvard has won two events at NCAAs with Farris joining Hawkins and William Kendall '40. Kendall won the 220 and 440 freestyle in 1938.

To finish off the meet, Harvard's 400 free relay team earned Honorable Mention All-America status. The quartet of Farris, Raphael Marcoux, Umitcan Gures and Corban Rawls finished in second place in the consolation final with a program-best time of 2:49.88.

After four days of competition, Harvard finished the meet in eighth place with 132 points. It marked the Crimson's best NCAA finish since the 1960-61 campaign when it came in fourth place. The top-10 effort was the school's 13th in school history.

Harvard Highlights

  • Farris broke his own school record in the 100 free. The junior originally established the record at the Ivy League Championships, completing that race in 41.42.
  • Farris is among the best to ever swim the 100 free as he ranks third on the all-time top-10 performers list and seventh on the all-time performance list.
  • The 400 relay team set the school record in the prelims with a time of 2:50.36, and then wiped it away with its performance in the consolation final (2:49.88). The record before today was 2:51.43, set by Steven Tan '18, Ed Kim '18, Paul O'Hara '18 and Farris in 2018.
  • Logan Houck registered a 13th-place effort in the 1,650 free with a time of 14:50.37. Brennan Novak, meanwhile, came in 19th place (14:56.94).
  • Michael Zarian finished in 36th place in the prelims of the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:45.03.
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