Brown opted to drop the 100 free from her postseason program and pick up the 500 free for the first time since her freshman season after a positive experience competing in the 400-meter freestyle in the junior national championships last summer in California. The switch is an attempt to let her achieve her goal, which is to simply compete at the highest level she’s capable.
“In the sectional I felt really strong in the 500 free, and I feel confident in that event, Brown said. She finished third in the sectional in the 500, with her 5:00.43 time breaking her own school record.
“I want to look back and say ‘Summer, you did the best you could do,”’ Brown concluded. “And, I want to be able to drop time and use this as a springboard to my college career at Vanderbilt University.”
Brown will be looking to become the first Western girls competitor to win a state title in swimming and diving since Kylee Wells claimed top honors in the diving program in 2000. Brown’s brother Teddy won state titles in the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle before claiming the IHSAA’s Herman F. Keller Mental Attitude Award in 2003.
Either way, Bennett is confident Brown’s resume already speaks for itself in terms of being as decorated as any in the Panthers’ girls program history.
“A championship would be great, but that’s not what it’s all about,” Bennett said. “We want her to do her best, and the weekend will be a success if she’s able to do that.”