Farris Leads Harvard Contingent at Phillips 66 National Championships

Dean Farris on the medal stand at the Phillips 66 National Championships.
Dean Farris won a bronze medal in the 200-meter freestyle at the Phillips 66 Nationals Championships (Photo Courtesy: Samantha Pitter).

STANFORD, Calif. – Two-time NCAA champion Dean Farris has led a Harvard men's swimming and diving contingent at the Phillips 66 National Championships.

Farris opened the five-day meet with a fourth-place performance in the 100-meter freestyle on Wednesday. His time of 48.07 is currently one of the 12 fastest times in the world. Twenty-four hours later, Farris earned a spot on the podium by finishing the 200 free in 1:46.45, capturing a bronze medal and registering the fourth-fastest time by any American this year.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Farris is back in action after winning two gold medals, swimming on a pair of U.S. relays, at the 2019 World University Games in Napoli, Italy.

A quartet of Harvard first-years also joined Farris on the national stage. David Abrahams swam the 200 breast and posted a time of 2:18.80. Noah Brune competed in the mile, coming in 18th place. Pierce Dietze was among the 100 and 200 free fields, along with Farris, in his first-ever senior national competition. And lastly, Will Grant advanced to the finals with his 16th-place qualifying effort of 1:59.90 in the 200 back and clocked in at 55.33 in the 100 fly.

The Crimson group at the National Championships is part of a Harvard program that will look to defend its Ivy title for a fourth straight season in 2019-20 and finished in eighth place at the '19 NCAA Championships.