LANCASTER, Pa. – Freshman Brad Brooks (Newark, Del./Charter School of Wilmington) swam three individual events at the Centennial Conference (CC) men's swimming championship. Brad Brooks won three gold medals at Franklin & Marshall. Brad Brooks won in NCAA Division III B-Cut time each time between Friday and Sunday.
Brooks, the outstanding performer of the meet, led a Green Terror rewriting of the record books as well. The freshman established three new championship meet records, four new CC records and six new program records. All told, seven McDaniel program records fell over the three days and five other top-10 times were recorded.
As a team, the Green Terror finished seventh with 236.5 points. Gettysburg won the team title with 801 points, outdistancing second-place Ursinus by 216 points.
Brooks' weekend started with a program, conference and meet record in the 500 free trials, hitting the NCAA B-Cut with a swim of 4:32.63. He only improved that time in the finals, bettering each mark with a time of 4:31.09, which is 1.25 seconds shy of the A-Cut.
On Saturday, he once again toppled the program, conference and meet records in the 400 IM, finishing with a time of 4:06.07 in the prelims. He once again bettered that time in the finals with a time of 4:04.87, which is 7.68 seconds off the A-Cut.
In the final event Saturday night, he led off the 800 free relay with a split of 1:42.14, which sets a new program-best mark in the 200 free. Bryan Nuckles (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond-Suffolk Academy), Keegan Duesterhaus (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg Day) and Stevie Hoyt (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) joined Brooks for a time of 7:06.47, which ranks second all-time just 0.19 seconds shy of the program record established back in December.
For his final individual event, Brooks opened the Sunday night session with a 38.75-second victory in the 1650 free, dropping more than 14 seconds off his program and conference record. His new meet record time of 15:46.03 also betters his B-Cut time and puts him 3.51 seconds shy of the A-Cut. He also split a time of 9:30.49 through his first 1,000 yards to establish a new conference and program record there as well.
He also led off the meet-closing 400 free relay to a program record. Duesterhaus, Hoyt and Nuckles joined Brooks to swim a time of 3:13.53 and better the previous best mark by 0.11 seconds.
The two freestyle gold medals were the first for any Green Terror swimmer at the CC championship. He also became the first swimmer in program history to be named Outstanding Performer. It also earned him the Outstanding Rookie Award.
Nuckles added two more program records. He was fourth in the finals of the 50 free with a time of 21.31 seconds on Friday night before clocking a time of 46.97 in the finals of the 100 free on Sunday night to finish sixth. He bettered his own program record by 0.42 seconds with a time of 46.99 in the prelims before knocking off more time hours later.
Nuckles added another top-10 showing to his weekend. He finished 12th in the 200 free with a time of 1:46.05 to move into a tie for fourth place all-time. He made it the B-finals with the 11th fastest time in the prelims (1:46.35).
Nuckles was also part of top-five all-time times in the 200 free and 400 medley relays on Friday.
Hoyt, Duesterhaus, and Jono Leafblad (Gurnee, Ill./Warren Twp.) joined Nuckles in the 400 medley relay to finish seventh with a time of 3:43.32, which is fourth all-time.
Duesterhaus added an individual top-10 all-time performance in the 100 breaststroke. He qualified for the B-finals with a time of 1:03.85 in the prelims, which is good for ninth all-time. He finished 16th in the finals with a time of 1:04.53.
Hoyt made his way into the B-finals of the 100 butterfly and 200 backstroke. On Saturday, he was 14th in the prelims of the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.36 before placing 13th in the finals (54.82).
On Sunday, he finished 10th in the prelims of the 200 backstroke to earn a spot in the B-finals, where he won the section to finish ninth overall with a time of 2:00.76.
Leafblad and Duesterhaus just missed the finals in the 200 breaststroke, finishing 17th (2:21.27) and 18th (2:22.89), respectively.
Hoyt was 18th in the 200 IM (2:02.77) while Linden was also 18th in the 100 backstroke (59.11).
Widmann, Leafblad, Linden and Boyd Murphy (Manchester, Md./Lee High) were seventh in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:52.99.
The selections for the NCAA Division III Championship meet, which will be held on Mar. 20-23 at Conroe ISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas, will be released on Wednesday.
Team Scores: 1. Gettysburg 801, 2. Ursinus 585, 3. Franklin & Marshall 516, 4. Dickinson 483.5, 5. Washington (Md.) 386.5, 6. Swarthmore 365.5, 7. McDaniel 236.5.
McDaniel Results: 200 Free Relay: 6. Stevie Hoyt, Andrew Widmann, Logan Linden, Bryan Nuckles 1:29.01; 500 Free Prelims: 1Q. Brad Brooks 4:32.63^; 500 Free Finals: 1. Brooks 4:31.09%#&^; 200 IM: 18. Hoyt 2:02.77, 25. Keegan Duesterhaus 2:06.32, 28. Jono Leafblad 2:08.46; 50 Free Prelims: 7TQ. Nuckles 21.60, 29. Widmann 23.36, 42. Boyd Murphy 28.75; 50 Free Finals: 4. Nuckles 21.31%; 400 Medley Relay: 7. Hoyt, Duesterhaus, Leafblad, Nuckles 3:43.32; 200 Medley Relay: 7. Widmann, Leafblad, Linden, Murphy 1:52.99; 400 IM Prelims: 1Q. Brooks 4:06.07^; 400 IM Finals: 1. Brooks 4:04.87%#&^; 100 Butterfly Prelims: 14q. Hoyt 54.36, 25. Leafblad 57.89; 100 Butterfly Finals: 13. Hoyt 54.82; 200 Free Prelims: 11q. Nuckles 1:46.35; 200 Free Finals: 12. Nuckles 1:46.05; 100 Breaststroke Prelims: 15q. Duesterhaus 1:03.85; 100 Breaststroke Finals: 16. Duesterhaus 1:04.53; 100 Backstroke: 18. Linden 59.11, 21. Widmann 1:02.11; 800 Free Relay: 4. Brooks, Nuckles, Duesterhaus, Hoyt 7:06.47; 1650 Free: 1. Brooks 15:46.03%#&^; 200 Backstroke Prelims: 10q. Hoyt 2:02.70, 19. Linden 2:08.30; 200 Backstroke Finals: 9. Hoyt 2:00.76; 100 Free Prelims: 6Q. Nuckles 46.99, 23. Widmann 52.30, 28. Murphy 1:04.81; 100 Free Finals: 6. Nuckles 46.97%; 200 Breaststroke: 17. Leafblad 2:21.27, 18. Duesterhaus 2:22.89; 400 Free Relay: 6. Brooks, Duesterhuas, Hoyt, Nuckles 3:13.53%.
% program record, # Centennial Conference record; ^ NCAA B-Cut qualifier; & Championship meet record