Daniel Brown competed in the Oklahoma State Long Course Championships over the weekend.
After what Brown described as his worst swim meet ever, he took his spot in the blocks ready for his final event of the weekend, the 50m freestyle sprint.
There were 29 swimmers that qualified for the 50m freestyle. The 50m freestyle is one length of the pool to determine the state’s fastest swimmer. It is the swimming equivalent of the 100m sprint in track and field.
Early Sunday morning with a time of 25.12, Brown tied for first in the preliminaries. This put Daniel as a number one seed in the finals. The current title holder for the state’s fastest swimmer was the number three seed, Justin Wu. Wu will continue his swimming career at Harvard in a couple of weeks.
With times kept in the hundredths of seconds, ties are very rare. However, the finals proved to heart-pounding finish as Brown and Wu tied for 1st with a 24.62 to share the gold.
Brown’s 5A State Championship was with a time of 21.36. However that time was for short course measured in yards. This 50 meter sprint time of 24.62 converts into a 21.16 in 50yds. short course time. Which means Brown is already 2 tenths of a second faster going into his senior year. That puts Brown at just 5 one-hundredths of a second behind the 5A state record of 21.11.
Three of the Bulldog relay teams hold state records but no individual records are held by Bulldogs. Perhaps, that will change this year. Great job Daniel. Not bad for your worst meet ever.
Reach Brad Gilbert @482-1221 ext. 2076