Notre Dame finished second in a field of five teams at the Dennis Stark Relays held Oct. 9
AS A SENIOR: Notched three top eight finishes at the BIG EAST Championships in his final campaign with the Irish ... top eight finishes included a silver in the 800 free relay (NCAA B-cut time of 6:29.10) and eighth-place finishes in the 200 free (1:39.77) and 500 free (4:28.98) ... swam to an NCAA B-cut of 4:27.41 in the 500 free in the preliminary session of the meet ... the 500 free performance was an NCAA B-cut time ... set a personal-best mark of 1:47.42 in the 200 fly at the league meet, good for another NCAA B-cut time ... that swim was the fastest of any Irish swimmer on the season and the eighth-fastest in Notre Dame history ... concluded career with the third-fastest 200 butterfly, fourth-fastest 500 free and fourth-fastest 1,000 free times in school history ... registered three BIG EAST titles over his four years, including one individual and two relays ... swam a 9:50.09 in the 1,000 free against Pittsburgh for his top time of the season ... touched the pad in 16:11.67 in the 1,500 at the Hawkeye Invite for another top time.
AS A JUNIOR:Began the BIG EAST Championships with a gold medal as he was a member of the victorious 800 free relay, which recorded an NCAA B-cut of 6:28.48 ... recorded two additional NCAA B-cuts at the BIG EAST Championships (200 and 500 free) ... touched the pad in fourth place in the 200 free (1:37.97), fifth place in the 500 free (4:26.66) and ninth in the 1,650 free (15:50.10) at the league meet ... the 200 free, 1,650 free and the preliminary swim of the 500 free (4:26.24) were his top times on the season ... the 200 free swim was a personal best ... swam to a career best time in the 200 fly (1:53.31) at the Ohio State Invitational ... collected two top three finishes on the dual meet season (one in the 1000 free and one in the 500 free) with both coming against Northwestern.
AS A SOPHOMORE:Started the BIG EAST Championships by teaming with the 800 free relay squad to set a league and school record in 6:27.19 ... followed that with an NCAA B-cut performance and first-place finish in the 500 free (4:23.99) ... six Notre Dame swimmers finished in the top eight positions in that race ... sixth in the 200 free (1:38.22) and ninth overall in the 1,650 free (15:48.14) at the league meet ... took a shot at the 100 free (47.74) in the season's final dual meet against Olivet ... named team's most improved swimmer ... went a career-best 1:37.85 in the 200 free at the Boiler-Make-It Invitational ... named College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) All- Academic Honorable Mention.
AS A FRESHMAN:Finished the season with a good taper and strong showings ... forceful at the BIG EAST Championships, posting exhibition performances that would have scored in the finals ... had an extremely good performance in the 1,650 free (15:29.67) which was the third fastest time of the night ... that swim was over 45 seconds faster than his next best mark of the season, a 16:16.07 result in a tri-meet with Purdue and Texas A&M ... grabbed a 500 free finish in 4:30.16 and went 1:40.34 in the 200 free at the league meet ... saw limited action in the 400 IM with a best performance at the Ohio State Invitational (4:08.46) ... winner of Notre Dame's Beeler-Hipp Award.
The BRUS FILE: Distinguished as an All-American his sophomore through senior seasons in the 200 and 500 free events during his prep career at Davenport North (Iowa) ... during that stretch, he claimed an Iowa state title in the 500 free (4:35.22) and finished second in the 200 free (1:41.67) ... holds school records in several individual events (200 free, 500 free, 200 IM, 100 back and 100 fly) in addition to the 200 free relay ... designated team captain his junior and senior year ... named MVP all four years by head coach Guy Heller ... competed and lettered all four years on the cross country team ... competed in several state and USS Junior National meets ... member of the National Honor Society, marching band and Key Club ... son of Joan and Richard Brus ... born April 28, 1989 ... graduated from the College of Engineering as a mechanical engineer major.
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