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Jan 17, 2018
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Department of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation: Hall of Fame

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Bryan Brown

Class of 2002, Swimming

Bryan Brown grew up in Ballston Lake and started competitive swimming at the age of five with Schenectady Swim Club and the Woodlin Swim Club. Bryan began his Varsity swimming career in 9th grade and was a four year starter competing primarily in the 200 Individual Medley, 500 freestyle, and the 100 Backstroke. Bryan competed in the Section 2 swimming and New York State swimming championship four straight years and is a 10-time Section 2 champion.

In 2001, during Bryan's junior year, he led the swimming team as co-captain to a Class 'B' Section 2 title and was named team MVP. The following year, in 2002, the Burnt Hills Swimming team had an undefeated season and won the Class 'A' Section 2 title. Bryan was recognized during the 2002 Section Championship with the Swimmer Scholar Award and the Most Outstanding Swimmer Award. Competing at the state championship that year, Bryan finished 3rd in the 200 IM, 2nd in the 100 backstroke, 2nd in the 200 medley relay, and was a state champion in the 400 freestyle relay. The relay earned a school record, a Section 2 record, All-American status, and a time ranking the relay top 5 in the nation. Bryan broke numerous pool records throughout his swimming career and still holds 4 school swimming records.

When Bryan wasn't swimming, he also was a member of the Burnt Hills Rowing Team. Bryan joined the rowing team as a junior in 2001 and was a two year varsity 8 starter. In 2001, as "5 seat" of the Men's Varsity 8, his crew finished first at the state rowing championship. The varsity 8 was subsequently invited to the US Rowing Youth National Championship, travelling to Cincinnati, OH, where Bryan and his team finished 8th in nation.

Outside of high school athletics, Bryan also competed in the Empire State Games on the Adirondack Water Polo Team. Bryan competed as a starter in water polo for 2 years at the state level, finishing 2nd in 2000. The following year, Bryan scored 8 goals in the state tournament, helping his team secure a state championship. Bryan has accomplished what few other scholastic athletes can claim - three state championships in three separate sports.

Following high school, Bryan decided to pursue an education in aviation and attended Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. Bryan was a four year starter on the Division I Men's Rowing Team, individually earning five Florida state championships, one Southeastern regional championship, and 3rd at the prestigious Dad Vail national regatta. His senior year, as captain of the rowing team, Bryan was named team MVP and was also awarded as the Top College Student Athlete at Jacksonville University.

Bryan currently works at Southern Air as an airline pilot and airline safety manager. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife, Kate and 6-month old daughter, Emma.

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