US Open Water Worlds swimmer Joshua Brown announces transfer to Michigan

Joshua Brown has announced his transfer to Michigan after spending two seasons at Notre Dame before using an Olympic redshirt this past season. His best free time in 1650 would have made the 2024 NCAA Championships.

Brown entered the transfer portal in late March. He trained with the Sandpipers of Nevada (SAND) during his Olympic redshirt.

Brown spent two seasons at Notre Dame. During his freshman season, he swam a best time of 15:04.02 in the 1650 free at the ACC Championships, finishing 6th. He also swam a personal record in the 500 free in 4:23.67 during the preliminaries. As a sophomore, Brown finished 12th in the 1650 free at ACCs swimming a 15:16.06.

In February, Brown represented the US at the 2024 World Championships when he competed as an open water swimmer. In Doha, Brown was the fastest American in the men’s 5 km, swimming a 53:23.90 for 24th place. He also finished 42nd in the 10 km swim in 1:46:40.30.

Brown’s SCY times progression:

500 free 4:25.86 4:23.67 4:24.07 4:16.62
1650 free 15:10.76 15:04.02 15:16.06 14:48.57
400 IM 3:56.12 3:58.44 3:58.69 3:52.50

Brown’s progression during his Olympic redshirt with SAND under Ron Aitken has been tremendous at the NCAA level as he entered the NCAA qualifying area. His new personal best in the 1650 freestyle would have cleared the NCAA cutline in the 1650 freestyle this season as the cutline dropped at 14:54.92. The limit has only been above 15 minutes once in the last five seasons, so his improvement to now get below 15 minutes is crucial.

The Michigan men finished third at the 2024 Big Ten Championships before finishing 14th at NCAAs. The program just completed its first season under head coach Matt Bowe.

Brown immediately strengthens the distance group in Ann Arbor, as the team did not have a swimmer under 15 minutes last season. The team had no swimmers in the 500 free, 1650 free or 400 IM at NCAAs. In addition to his best time being below last season’s limit, his best time is also just outside what was needed to score last season. It took a 14:47.66 to score at NCAAs and a 14:41.87 to rank in the top 8.

His arrival also gives the team a boost at the conference level, as he has the potential to make the Big Ten ‘A’ finals in the 500 and 1650 freestyle. His 400 IM time puts him in the lower ‘C’ range.

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