AUSTIN, Texas and ATHENS, Ga. – Dean Farris put forth a strong effort on Friday to lead Harvard men's swimming and diving at the Hall of Fame Invitational in Austin, Texas. The swimmers were in The Lone Star State, while the divers were at the Georgia Fall Invitational in Athens, Ga.
A junior, Farris gave a glimpse of what was to come in the preliminary heats, posting the field's fourth- and fifth-fastest times in the 200-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke, respectively. Farris notched the Crimson's best mark of the season in the 200 free when he finished the race in 1:34.48, which was good for an NCAA Qualifying B Standard. He later went on to accomplish the same feats – Harvard's best time of the year and meeting the B Standard – in the 100 back when he supplied a time of 46.38.
In the championship session, Farris was even better in both events. The Atlanta product was the runner-up in the A-final of the 200 free, registering a season-best time of 1:33.53, just 0.29 seconds behind the winner from Texas, Townley Haas. Then in the finals of the 100 back, Farris emerged victorious with a time of 45.26, which was the second-fastest in school history.
Daniel Chang followed in Farris' footsteps by posting an NCAA Qualifying B Standard in the 400-yard individual medley. After swimming a season-best 3:55.42 in the prelims, the junior one-upped himself in the final by completing the race in 3:51.16, almost four seconds better than his morning performance.
- Farris owns the top-3 fastest times in the 100-yard backstroke in school history.
- Harvard recorded 17 individual season bests in the finals at the Hall of Fame Invitational.
- The Crimson's 200-yard medley relay team of Daniel Tran, Jared Simpson, Grant Goddard and Levente Bathory posted Harvard's second-best time of the campaign (1:30.75).
Harvard continues its split squad week tomorrow with the swimmers at the Hall of Fame Invitational and the divers at the Georgia Fall Invite. Final-day action starts at 11 a.m. ET. The Longhorn Network will broadcast the finals from Austin.