Freshman • Wilmington, Del.
• Holds nine program records as a freshman
• Three-time Centennial Conference champion
• Centennial Conference Outstanding Performer of the Meet
• Centennial Conference Rookie Outstanding Performer
• Two-time All-American
As a freshman, Brad Books is already one of the more decorated swimmers in program history.
After a debut season that can be described as nothing short of outstanding, Brooks led his team into the Franklin & Marshall pool on Feb. 22, 23 and 24 for the 2013 Centennial Conference swimming championships.
Brooks swam three individual events. Brad Brooks won three gold medals. Brad Brooks won in NCAA Division III B-Cut time each time.
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.
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, Keegan Duesterhaus and Stevie Hoyt 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.
Nearly a month later, it was off to the Conroe ISD Natatorium in Shenendoah, Texas, for the 2013 NCAA Division III championship meet.
Brooks finished 10th in the 500 freestyle on Mar. 20. In the morning prelims, Brooks finished fifth in his heat but with the 10th fastest time among the 35 entries to earn a spot in the consolation finals. Brooks bettered his previous program and Centennial Conference record by 1.39 seconds with a time of 4:29.70.
In the finals, he took another 0.4 seconds off that time, finishing with a time of 4:29.30 to place second in the consolation final in a tight race that saw the top five finishers separated by 1.46 seconds. His time was better than three times in the championship finals. For his efforts, he earns honorable mention All-America honors, becoming the first men's swimmer in program history to become an All-American.
On Mar. 23, Brooks finished fourth in the 1650 freestyle. Swimming in the final heat to open the evening session, Brooks placed fourth overall with a time of 15:31.60. The place earned him All-America accolades.
His time was 14.43 seconds better than his previous program and Centennial Conference record in the event. He also knocked another 6.54 seconds off his 1000 free record, splitting a time of 9:23.95.