NAPOLI, Italy – Harvard men's swimming and diving rising senior Dean Farris captured another gold medal after he swam the opening leg of the 4x200-meter freestyle relay on Tuesday at the 2019 World University Games in Napoli, Italy.
The Atlanta, Georgia native kicked off the relay for the United States with a time of 1:48.73. Following Farris was Grant House (1:47.89), Trenton Julian (1:46.99) and Zach Apple (1:46.16). The quartet finished in 7:09.77, ahead of second-place Italy (7:10.43) and bronze-medalist Australia (7:14.75).
Farris and the U.S. team went 2-for-2 in relays after capturing the 4x100 relay last Thursday. Farris posted a time of 47.08 on the second leg to help the Americans finish in first in the preliminary round with a time of 3:12.55. Then in the finals, Farris (47.48) and teammates Apple, Robert Howard and Tate Jackson secured the gold with an effort of 3:11.03. The quartet's time was more than four seconds better than silver-medalist Brazil, which turned in a time of 3:15.27.
Farris is coming off one of the finest seasons in Harvard history after the Atlanta, Georgia native won NCAA individual titles in the 100 back and 100 free to become the first Crimson swimmer to win at least two events at nationals since 1954. Farris also set the NCAA and American record in the 200 free when he opened the 800 free relay with a time of 1:29.15. He finished with five All-America honors and two of the honorable mention variety as Harvard finished the NCAA Championships in eighth place, its best effort since 1960-61, and the Ivy League's top performance in 50 years.