INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.— Junior Christian Brindamour can now add the words National Champion to his name as he won the 50 freestyle at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships at IUPUI to earn All-America status for the first time in his career.
Brindamour won with a school-record tying time of 20.06 beating Ross Speck from Emory who touched the wall at 20.15 to finish second. He had tied his own school-record which he set earlier in the day.
He becomes the first Coast Guard male swimmer to win a national championship since 1996 when Bob Hueller won the 200 backstroke.
Brindamour was the top-seed with the fastest time and school-record time of 20.11 during the season entering the NCAA Championship and he broke the school-record with a time of 20.06 during the preliminaries, the second fastest time of the morning, to earn a spot in the finals. Junior Austin Fathman from MIT had the best time in the preliminaries (20.04).
He was 13th in the 50 freestyle last season (20.46) at the NCAA Championships while also placing 25th in the 100 freestyle (45.40) and 33rd in the 100 backstroke (51.81).
Brindamour will compete in two more events, the 100 backstroke on Friday and the 100 freestyle on Saturday. He is ranked 19th in the 100 freestyle.
Coast Guard has now had five national championships in swimming and this is the first in the sport since Darby Schlaht won the 200 breaststroke championship in 2000, the only Coast Guard women swimmer to win a national title.
Kyle Moore won the 100 butterfly in 1983 while Hueller won the 200 backstroke in both 1995 and 1996.