AUSTIN, Texas – Harvard men's swimming and diving completed final-day action on Saturday at the Hall of Fame Invitational in Austin, Texas.
Dean Farris, fresh off a win in the 100-yard backstroke on Friday, enjoyed another strong effort in Austin. The junior qualified for the A-final in the 200 backstroke with a preliminary time of 1:43.34 and then followed it with a 1:40.92 in the final, which was good for third place. Both marks were NCAA Qualifying B Standards.
A product of Atlanta, Ga., Farris ended his day by swimming the first leg of the 400 freestyle relay. The junior gave way to Mahlon Reihman, Raphael Marcoux and Corban Rawls, with the foursome turning in a Harvard season-best effort of 2:56.09.
Brennan Novak and Zach Snyder put forth a strong showing in the 1,650-yard freestyle as both earned NCAA Qualifying B Standards. Novak came in eighth place with a time of 15:02.72 and Snyder was the 12th-best swimmer in the field, completing the competition in 15:23.99.
Daniel Chang also achieved the NCAA Qualifying B Standard, doing so in the 200 breaststroke. The junior from Johnson City, Tenn., posted a season-best 1:57.52 to finish in third place in the B-final.
- The 400 free relay team of Farris, Reihman, Marcoux and Rawls posted a time (2:56.09) that was exactly three seconds better than the school's previous season best (2:59.09), which was accomplished at Cornell/vs. Dartmouth (Reihman, Marcoux, Levente Bathory, Farris).
- Farris' time of 1:40.92 in the 200 backstroke was Harvard's top performance of the season.
- Novak, who swam in the 1,650 freestyle for the first time this year, easily reached the NCAA Qualifying B Standard (15:26.19). The senior cleared the qualifying mark by nearly 24 seconds.
Harvard returns to action on Jan. 7, when it travels to Athens, Ga., to face Georgia. The meet is scheduled for a noon ET start.