Former Paso Robles High School and Templeton High School swimmer Joseph Brown has repeated as conference champion in the Colonial Athletic Association and set a new school record in the 200-meter breaststroke.
The former standout swimmer attends the Division One University, Drexel on a full athletic scholarship after swimming for two years at Cuesta College. The Dragons competed in the championships Feb. 14-18 in Christiansburg, Virginia and the swimming and diving team brought home 13 gold medals over the four-day event.
As a team, the Drexel men finished in second place behind William & Mary, while the women came in fifth place as James Madison won the team title. The players weren’t the only ones to bring home hardware for the Dragons as head coach Adam Braun was awarded the Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year Award alongside Matt Crispino of William & Mary.
Brown, the local native, contributed to the Dragon’s success by earning points in all three of his individual events, setting both personal and team records along the way. His lifetime best 500 Freestyle time of 4:31.18 placed 11th and his two signature events, 100 and 200 Breaststroke, produced silver and gold for the Dragons.
Brown was just edged out by teammate Ralph Cannarozzi by .03 in the 100 Breast, finishing second in a personal best time of 54.89. Brown and Cannarozzi teamed up again to take first and second in the 200 Breast. This time it was Brown taking gold for the second year in a row, finishing ahead of the entire field by nearly two full seconds in a personal best time of 1:58.47, the fastest time in the university’s history.