COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Dean Farris, a two-time NCAA national champion for the Harvard men's swimming and diving program, has been named to the 2019-20 USA Swimming National Team. Crimson coaches Kevin Tyrrell and Samantha Pitter, meanwhile, have been named to the USA Swimming coaching staff.
The Atlanta, Georgia native made the USA roster in the 200 freestyle and is one of 24 first-time National Team members.
The 2019-20 USA Swimming National Team features the top six athletes with the highest World Rankings in individual Olympic Events. Qualifying times come from USA Swimming or FINA sanctioned meets from Jan. 1- Aug. 25, 2019.
Farris, who posted a 200 free effort of 1:46.45 at the Phillips 66 National Championships, had the fourth-fastest performance among Americans this year in the event and finished the sanctioned time period ranked 20th in the world.
Farris enjoyed one of the finest seasons in Harvard history in 2018-19 after he 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.
Tyrrell, the Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving, and Pitter, Harvard's associate head coach, helped the Crimson to its third straight Ivy League title in 2018-19, and will bring their expertise to USA Swimming.