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Brooks Ross

  • position Distance Free
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Manakin-Sabot, Va.
  • High school Collegiate School
  • position Distance Free
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Manakin-Sabot, Va.
  • High school Collegiate School

Brooks Ross Bio

2012-13 – One of the leaders of the Gamecocks[apos] distance group…Swam in every meet during the regular season and at the SEC Championships…Competed in the 200 freestyle (56th, 1:41.72), 500 freestyle (42nd, 4:28.68) and 1,650 freestyle (32nd, 15:44.95) at the SEC Championships…Time of 1:41.72 in the 200 freestyle is a career best…Won five individual races on the season, with two coming in the 500 freestyle and three in the 1,000 freestyle…Had the team[apos]s second fastest time in the 1,000 freestyle (9:22.58), fourth fastest in the 1,650 freestyle (15:44.95) and the fourth fastest in the 400 IM (4:21.23)…Named to the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll.

2011-12 – Among the Gamecocks[apos] top distance performers…Swam in every meet…Scored a point at the SEC Championships with a 16th-place finish in the 1,650 freestyle in a time of 15:44.97…Recorded four first-place finishes in the 1,000 freestyle, winning races against Georgia Tech, rival Clemson, Duke/Queens and East Carolina…Finished second in the 1,000 freestyle against Tennessee with a time of 9:23.93, the best by a Gamecock on the season…Had second best time on the team in the 1,650 freestyle with a mark of 15:38.13 at the Nike Cup Invitational…Swam a personal record of 1:42.09 in the 200 freestyle at the SEC Championships…Qualified to compete at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 1,500-meter freestyle…Finished 77th overall with a time of 16:09.41…Named to the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll.

2010-11 – Continued to improve as Carolina[apos]s top distance freestyler…Posted an NCAA `B[apos] cut in the 1650 freestyle (15:29.98) at Nike Cup; ranks as the fifth-fastest mile in school history…Also recorded a provisional time career-best in the 500 free at SEC Championships (4:26.97)…Has the team[apos]s top time and the fifth-fastest in school history in 1000 free (9:16.06), posting the time vs. Alabama/Georgia…Won both 500 and 1000 free vs. Missouri…Won 1000 free vs. Western Kentucky, Clemson, Kentucky/Charleston and Duke/Queens…Won 500 free vs. UNC Wilmington.

2009-10 – Emerged as the Gamecocks[apos] top distance swimmer… Posted top Carolina time in 1000 free (9:24.68) and 1650 free (15:39.68)… Had the team[apos]s second-best time in 500 free (4:30.71)…1000 free time ranks sixth in school history; time in 1650 free is ninth-best all-time among Gamecock swimmers…Won five events during the year – 1000 free vs. Kentucky, Clemson and Tennessee, 500 free vs. Tennessee, 1650 free vs. Duke…Named to SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll.

PRE-COLLEGE – Graduated from Collegiate School…Coach was Mike Stott…Team MVP in 2009…Team captain…Four-time all-state selection…Three-time all-prep selection…First-team All-Metro in 2009…2008-09 high school All-American…Helped team to three straight state titles…Holds team record in 500 free…Club team is NOVA of Virginia…Holds team records in 800 free and 800 FR (LCM)…Helped team to NCSA Junior championship in 2009.

PERSONAL – Full name is Brooks Robert Ross…Born Feb. 16, 1991…Parents are Dale and Joanne Ross…Has one sister, Hunter…Sister plays golf for N.C. State…Plans to major in business…Chose South Carolina because of its business school and the opportunity to compete in the SEC…Picked the Gamecocks over offers from Maryland and East Carolina.

Ross[apos] Top Times
Event Time Date Meet Location
100 freestyle 50.03 1/27/12 ECU Columbia, S.C.
200 freestyle 1:41.72 2/21/13 SEC Championships College Station, Texas
500 freestyle 4:26.97 2/17/11 SEC Championships Gainesville, Fla.
1000 freestyle 9:16.06 1/29/11 Alabama/Georgia Columbia, S.C.
1650 freestyle 15:29.98 11/20/10 Nike Cup Chapel Hill, N.C.
100 breaststroke 1:05.63 1/27/12 ECU Columbia, S.C.
400 IM 4:15.58 11/17/11 Nike Cup Chapel Hill, N.C.