Coast Guard junior Christian Brindamour has been named
CGASPORTS.com Athlete of the Week. At the NCAA Championships this
past weekend in Indianapolis, Ind.
Brindamour won a national championship and was named an All-American in two events while also competing in a third.
Brindamour got his weekend started with a school-record time of 20.06 seconds in the 50 meter freestyle preliminaries to earn a spot in the finals, just 0.02 seconds behind the top time in the preliminaries. In the finals he tied his time from earlier in the day to edge Ross Speck (Emory) for the national championship – the fifth in Coast Guard swimming history and the first since Darby Schlaht won the 200 breaststroke in 2000.
The next day Brindamour competed in the 100 backstroke, placing 36th during the preliminaries. He would wrap up his weekend by posting a school-record time of 44.81 seconds during the 100 meter freestyle preliminaries. Seeded 19th in the field entering the championships, his time was good enough for fifth place and a spot in the finals. In the finals he posted an even better time of 44.65 seconds to re-break the school record and place fifth to gain All-America honors for the second time in three days.
Despite Brindamour being the only competitor from Coast Guard, he garnered enough points (34) to give the Bears a 24th place finish at the Championships.