“I’ve always prided myself on working hard and controlling what I can control,” Teddy said. “Growing up, what I hoped I accomplished in the pool is that I trained hard every day and I was ready to swim on the biggest stages of my career. My hope is that [Glen and Summer] was able to see through my actions that I worked hard and was dedicated. I made sacrifices in order to not only better myself in the pool, but also do the best that I could in school so that I could succeed at the collegiate level and beyond.”
The strive for excellence has had a trickle-down effect on the current generation in the Brown family.
Teddy is currently a resident in the University of Michigan’s Department of Pathology. Like his younger sister, he can trace the roots of his work ethic back to his family and the pool at Western High School.
“Growing up, it was our parents who really instilled in us that we need to own what we can control,” Teddy said. “I’ve always felt that swimming has impacted our character. Swimming has a funny way of shaping not only our lives, but most of the swimmers I knew growing up. ... My brother and sister [and I] know what hard work means. It translates into real life situations, and I fall back on my swimming background when I have long days at the hospital. At times when I’m feeling overwhelmed, I remember back to my swimming days that you don’t make excuses for yourself. You just get the job done.”