INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA has announced the field for the 2014 Division III men's and women's swimming and diving championship to be held at IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind., on Mar. 19-22 and McDaniel sophomore Brad Brooks (Newark, Del./Charter School of Wilmington) is among those invited.
Brooks earned the invitation after swimming his NCAA B-Cut times last weekend at the Centennial Conference championship.
On Friday, he lowered his championship meet record in the 500 free trials (4:32.35). Brooks improved on that time in the finals, swimming his NCAA seed time of 4:30.70 to earn the gold medal.
His time ranks 12th on the list of final entries into the 500 free, earning him an automatic spot into that event's field. The 500 free is the first event of the championship and will be contested on Wednesday, Mar. 19.
On Saturday at the championship, Brooks toppled the program record in the 200 free, finishing third in the finals with 1:41.22.
The 200 free is the lone event in which Brooks' name appears below the optional entry line on the psych sheet for the NCAA championship. He ranks 40th on the list but has the opportunity to participate. The 200 free will be contested on Thursday, Mar. 20.
On Sunday at the championship, Brooks opened the night session with a 31.71-second victory in the 1650 free, finishing the race a full lap ahead of the rest of the field. His time of 15:44.46 dropped his own conference meet record.
Brooks enters the NCAA championship as the 15th seed in the event. The 1650 is competed as a timed final. Based on his current seed, he will be in the fastest heat of the morning session on Saturday, Mar. 22.