Farris, Grant, Brune Qualify for Olympic Trials at Phillips 66 National Championships

Dean Farris gives a thumbs up while in the pool.
Dean Farris was one of three Harvard swimmers to qualify for the Olympic Trials at the Phillips 66 National Championships.

STANFORD, Calif. – Harvard men's swimming and diving's Dean Farris, Will Grant and Noah Brune qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials over the weekend at the Phillips 66 National Championships at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center.

Farris on Saturday won the B-final of the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 53.93, to qualify for the Olympic Trials. The two-time NCAA champions finished ahead of incoming first-year Grant, who came in second place with a Trials-qualifying time of 54.57. The Trials cut was 56.59.

Farris also qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 50 free on Sunday, clocking in at 22.57 in the B-final to come in sixth place. To qualify for Trials, swimmers needed to register a 50 free time of 23.19 or faster.

Grant's classmate, Noah Brune, will make an appearance at the Olympic Trials after posting a time of 8:11.14 in the 800 free. The Trials time standard for the event was 8:12.99. Brune also competed in the 400 free on Saturday.

Other Harvard first-years to swim over the weekend include Pierce Dietze and David Abrahams. Dietze competed in the 50 free with Abrahams swimming in the 100 breast.

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.