July 26, 2004
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame’s Ted Brown (Kokomo, Ind./Western H.S.) won the Men’s High Point Award with 139 points in the Indiana Senior State Long-Course Swimming Championships over the weekend at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center on the campus of Purdue University. The sophomore-to-be registered top-four finishes in each of his six individual events, including a first-place performance in the 800-meter freestyle. Additionally, Brown’s time of 4:32.00 in the 400-meter individual medley qualified him for the Senior National Championships, slated for Aug. 3-7 in Palo Alto, Calif.
Brown finished three points ahead of Indianapolis native Brian Hartley, who will be a junior at the University of Florida this fall after winning the Southeastern Conference championship in the 1,650-yard freestyle and earning a pair of All-America accolades at the NCAA Championships in 2004.
Brown, whose 465.5 points were the most by an Irish swimmer during the 2003-04 season, won the 800 free in a time of 8:33.73, which was nearly eight seconds faster than the rest of the field. He was second in the 200 and 400 freestyle and 200 and 400 individual medleys. Brown’s closest runner-up result was in the 200 free, where he was just 0.38 seconds behind Hartley in a time of 1:55.65. Brown also was fourth in the 200 butterfly.
The Kokomo native helped his club team, Irish Aquatics, finish third at the meet with 1,011 points. The squad, which has no affiliation with Notre Dame but is coached by Irish mentor Tim Welsh and rents the Rolfs Aquatic Center as its home pool, came in behind champion Washington Township Swim Club (1,825 points) and the host team, Boilermaker Aquatics (1,808).
In addition to the 400 IM, Brown also will swim the 400-meter freestyle at the Senior National Championships. At least two of his teammates also are slated to compete, as rising sophomore Louis Cavadini (South Bend, Ind./Riley H.S.) will swim the 100 butterfly and classmate Alan Carter (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park H.S.) will take part in the 100 backstroke. Carter’s senior national cut came over the weekend, when he went 58.08 at the Eastern Zone Super Sectional Championships in Buffalo. Other Irish swimmers have achieved times that qualify them for the Senior National Championships, though they may not compete. For more information on the meet, see www.2004swimnationals.org.
A number of current Notre Dame swimmers, most competing for Irish Aquatics, took part in the Indiana LCM Championships, combining for 23 top-eight results. Leading the way was rising junior Patrick Davis (Clearwater, Fla./Jesuit H.S.), who won the 1,500 freestyle by 12.38 seconds, touching the wall in a time of 16:27.00. Among other top performers were Cavadini, who was second in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.36 and third in the 100 fly (57.07). In addition, rising sophomore Justin Barber (Carson City, Nev./Carson H.S.) was third in the 800 free with a mark of 8:45.08. Another sophomore-to-be, Brian Freeman (Sanger, Calif./Immanuel H.S.), combined with Davis, Cavadini, and Brown to take second in the 800 free relay with a time of 7:54.05. For full results of the meet, please see http://dynamo.ecn.purdue.edu/~cbz/.