INDIANAPOLIS – The Harvard men's swimming team concluded competition Saturday at the 2017 NCAA Championship meet. The Crimson proved impressive all weekend, earning three All-America honors during the competition.
Freshman Dean Farris captured two individual All-America honors for the Crimson. Swimming in the 200 freestyle finals Friday evening, Farris took fourth place behind a trio of former Olympians to earn first team All-America, the first Harvard swimmer to receive that distinction since 2010 (Alex Myers, 1,650 free).
Farris came back out the next day and broke the school record in the 200 back prelims with a time of 1:39.99. He went on to finish 14th overall, good for honorable mention All-America. Farris is the first Harvard swimmer to earn All-America in two individual events since Geoff Rathgeber '08 was first team in the 200 and 400 IM in 2008. In addition, Farris also swam the 100 back, posting a 31st-place finish Friday.
Harvard's third All-America honors came on the Championships' opening night, when the 800 free relay team broke the school record and claimed 14th. Brennan Novak, Farris, Jack Manchester and Aly Abdel Khalik raced their way to a 6:17.26, over two seconds faster than the previous program record.
Novak competed individually in the 500 and 1,650 free events. The sophomore finished 23rd overall, after winning his prelim heat in the 500 free Thursday, and then ended with a top-20 showing in the 1,650 Saturday in 14:52.90. His 500 free time of 4:17.48 ranks as the second-fastest in school history.
Harvard's 200 free relay squad also garnered a top-20 finish Thursday, taking 19th. Steven Tan led Manchester, Max Yakubovich and Farris into the water, clocking in at 1:18.10, the fourth-fastest time in school history.
As a team, the Crimson finished 27th with 24 points, the top Ivy scorer at this year's NCAA Championship.