By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(Feb. 4, 2014) – Briar Woods High School senior Brennan Maxwell has committed to swim for the Stevens Institute of Technology starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
“I felt Stevens was a perfect match for me primarily because of the school’s reputation for having a great engineering program and a top [rated] Division III swim team,” the 5-foot-9 Maxwell said. “Another big plus was the location. Stevens Institute of Technology is located in Hoboken, New Jersey, right across the Hudson River from Manhattan.”
Maxwell added another reason the Division III Ducks were his landing spot was head coach Brad Thornton and his staff who were helpful during the recruiting process.
“They continued to emphasize an ‘academics first’ mindset, having the flexibility to schedule practices around classes,” Maxwell said. “Meeting the team during an overnight recruiting trip sealed the deal. The men’s and women’s swim teams are very tight knit and provide a lot of support to each other, in and out of the pool.”
The men’s swim team at Stevens is 3-1 after picking up a 32-point win on Feb. 1 against Hartwick College.
Maxwell said he will swim primarily the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly for the Ducks, but will also participate in relays as well as backstroke and freestyle events.
“I hope I can contribute and score points for the team right away. They are graduating two of their top flyers, so hopefully I can step in and fill the void,” Maxwell said.
As of Feb. 4, Maxwell has the fastest 100-yard butterfly time across all Loudoun County High Schools with a time of 52.16. Maxwell swam that event very well at the Conference 14 swim meet where he placed first in the event.
The Falcon also placed second in the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay as well as third in the 100-yard backstroke.
With the Conference 14 swim meet out of the picture, Maxwell still said his favorite high school event of his four year career was at Virginia Tech last winter when he placed third in the 100-yard butterfly at the VHSL state finals.
“I have always enjoyed swimming, ever since I started with the Broadlands Piranhas summer league team,” said Maxwell who is currently a member of the Blue Wave Swim Team. “Swimming has given me drive and discipline that has carried over into other aspects of my life such as academics and other activities. It keeps me in shape and has introduced me to many close friends over the years.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!