LANCASTER, Pa. – When you make your debut with three gold medals – all in conference-record time and all in NCAA Division III B-Cut times – everyone wants to know what you'll do for an encore. Well, Brad Brooks' (Newark, Del./Charter School of Wilmington) sophomore season for McDaniel at the 2014 Centennial Conference (CC) men's swimming championship was nearly as perfect on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Brooks brought home another two gold medals, a bronze medal, three new program records, three NCAA B-Cut times and two championship meet records.
Justin Allen (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) joined Brooks in the spotlight, though. The freshman added a gold medal of his own and brought home three program records of his own.
As a team, the Green Terror finished seventh with 243.5 points. Gettysburg won the team title with 757 points, outdistancing Dickinson by 204 points.
Brooks opened his second championship with a victory in the 500 free on Friday. He turned in a time of 4:32.35 in the prelims before bettering that mark in the finals, finishing with a championship-meet record time of 4:30.70. Both were NCAA B-Cut times.
On Saturday, Brooks took bronze in the 200 free. After establishing a new program record in the prelims to qualify third (1:41.38), he lowered it even more in the finals with a time of 1:41.22.
On Sunday, it was the 1650 to open the night session for Brooks. He bettered his 2013 championship time by nearly two seconds and won the event by more than 50 yards, finishing with an NCAA B-Cut time of 15:44.46.
After qualifying third in the prelims on Saturday with a time of 59.11, Allen broke the program record by a full second in the 100 breaststroke finals. He turned in a time of 57.92 to win by 0.19 seconds.
Brooks and Allen teamed with Stevie Hoyt (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) and Patrick Rogers (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) for a new program-best mark in the 400 medley relay to close out Friday's action. The quartet finished sixth in the field with a time of 3:33.62 to smash the previous mark by nearly seven seconds. Brooks led off the relay with a split of 54.25 seconds to establish a new program record in the 100 backstroke.
Allen just missed a second medal on Sunday. After ranking third after the prelims of the 200 breaststroke with a program-record time of 2:10.10, Allen bettered that time to 2:09.09 in the finals but fell to fourth place.
Hoyt rounded out a trio of Green Terror swimmers to notch individual records. In the prelims of the 100 butterfly on Saturday, he finished 11th overall to earn a spot in the B finals with his best collegiate time (53.71). In the finals, he finished 11th with a program-record time of 53.31 seconds.
Hoyt also earned a spot in the B finals of the 200 IM, qualifying 13th with a season-best time of 2:00.82. In the finals, he dropped to 15th place with a time of 2:01.45.
Hoyt, Rogers and Brooks joined Logan Linden (Millville, Del./Indian River) to turn in the second-best time in program history in the 200 free relay to open action on Friday night. The quartet finished seventh with a time of 1:28.40.
Brooks, Hoyt, Allen and Rogers combined to finish seventh in the 800 free relay on Saturday night. The time of 7:07.62 ranks third in program history.
Allen moved into the top-10 all-time in the 200 IM, finishing 20th with a time of 2:02.70, which ranks sixth all-time.
Rogers moved into fourth place on the program's all-time list in the 100 free. After qualifying for the B finals in 13th place overall with a time of 48.82, he improved by more than a half-second in the finals. He moved up to 10th place with a time of 48.32.
Brooks, Rogers, Allen and Hoyt combined to turn in the third-best 400 free relay time, finishing seventh with a time of 3:14.91.
The selections for the NCAA Division III Championship meet, which will be held on Mar. 19-22 at IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind., will be released on Wednesday.
Team Scores: 1. Gettysburg 757, 2. Dickinson 553, 3. Ursinus 532, 4. Washington 524.5, 5. Franklin & Marshall 419, 6. Swarthmore 382, 7. McDaniel 243.5.
McDaniel Results: 200 Free Relay: 7. Stevie Hoyt, Patrick Rogers, Logan Linden, Brad Brooks 1:28.40, 15. Jeremy Simon, Thomas Simone, Brian Austin, Sean Kaliszak 1:42.94; 500 Free Prelims: 1Q. Brooks 4:32.35^, 17. Rogers 4:51.97, 30. Kaliszak 5:08.08, 33. Brandon Bond 5:32.55; 500 Free Finals: 1. Brooks 4:30.70&^; 200 IM Prelims: 13q. Hoyt 2:00.82, 20. Justin Allen 2:02.70, 28. Joe Odierno 2:12.76; 200 IM Finals: 15. Hoyt 2:01.45; 50 Free: 28. Linden 23.20, 29. Simone 26.65, 40. Simon 29.16; 400 Medley Relay: 6. Brooks, Allen, Hoyt, Rogers 3:33.62%, 15. Austin, Odierno, Linden, Kaliszak 3:54.21; 200 Medley Relay: 7. Austin, Allen, Linden, Kaliszak 1:43.42, 15. Simone, Odierno, Bond, Simon 1:57.43; 100 Butterfly Prelims: 11q. Hoyt 53.71, 31. Austin 1:00.33; 100 Butterfly Finals: 11. Hoyt 53.31%; 200 Free Prelims: 3Q. Brooks 1:41.38^, 19. Rogers 1:46.94, 32. Kaliszak 1:54.28, 36. Bond 2:00.55; 200 Free Finals: 3. Brooks 1:41.22%^; 100 Breaststroke Prelims: 3Q. Allen 59.11, 17. Odierno 1:04.29, 22. Simon 1:16.61; 100 Breaststroke Finals: 1. Allen 57.92%; 100 Backstroke: 23. Linden 58.31, 25. Austin 1:02.44, 26. Simone 1:08.96; 800 Free Relay: 7. Brooks, Hoyt, Allen, Rogers 7:07.62; 1650 Free: 1. Brooks 15:44.46&^, 21. Austin 18:17.06; 200 Backstroke: 21. Hoyt 2:04.09; 100 Free Prelims: 13q. Rogers 48.87, 23. Linden 50.82, 27. Kaliszak 52.11, 28. Odierno 52.85, 29. Bond 54.38, 30. Simone 54.38, 31. Simon 58.92; 100 Free Finals: 10. Rogers 48.32; 200 Breaststroke Prelims: 3Q. Allen 2:10.10; 200 Breaststroke Finals: 4. Allen 2:09.09%; 400 Free Relay: 7. Brooks, Rogers, Allen, Hoyt 3:14.91, 15. Odierno, Linden, Austin, Kaliszak 3:29.82.
% program record, ^ NCAA B-Cut qualifier; & Championship meet record