So, Brandt enrolled at CBC beginning with the second semester of his junior year.
“I liked being homeschooled but I decided to enroll [at] CBC because I wanted a change and I wanted to see what it was like in high school,” Brandt said. “I also wanted to swim at state. I never did before and I heard it was one of the best meets to swim.”
Coach Sean Dooley was happy to have Brandt join the team.
“Honestly, I knew he was a strong swimmer but I didn’t have any expectations … As with all of my swimmers, I want them to excel in high school swimming while improving so when they go back to their USA teams they are coming in as strong if not stronger than when they left,” Dooley said.
In the recent Ladue Invitational, Brandt won the 100 fly in 51.64 seconds. He won the 100 back in 53.96. His times put him in the CBC record book, as both are the best times in school history and the top times in the region.
“Those two events were really surprising to me,” Brandt said. “I didn’t think I would go that fast in the 100 fly that early in the season. I don’t think about records. I go out and swim my race. My strokes felt really good in warm up and I focused a lot on my technique. I just wanted to go out and win. My 100 fly felt really good, my underwater kicks felt powerful and I hit just about every turn. My 100 back didn’t feel as good. My legs really gave out the last 25 yards or so. I’ve really been working on strengthening my legs so that doesn’t happen at state.”
Having his name on the school’s leaderboard is a solid accomplishment for Brandt.
“I am pretty proud to hold school records,” Brandt said. “Thinking about all the swimmers that have come through this school and being able to break those event records is a good feeling.”
The Class 2 state meet will be held Nov. 8-9 at the Rec-Plex in St. Peters. Brandt knows he has his work cut out for him.
“There are some really good swimmers in the St. Louis area along with the Kansas City area,” Brandt said. “I keep up with the current times that other kids are posting throughout the state and seeing some of the times they are going really motivates and drives me to get better each day.”
“I am pretty dedicated to this sport,” said Brandt, who has been swimming since age 6. “During the high school swim season, I go to club practices [with the Flyers Aquatic Swim Team coached by Morgan Dodge] Wednesday and Friday mornings and then go to high school practices after school.
“I swim year-round with a club team and have done so for over 10 years. I look for new ways to improve in this sport every day and better my times in each event I swim.”
Besides the back and fly events, Brandt also swims on the 200 IM relay and 200 freestyle relay. Both of those relays have the top times in the area. The 200 IM relay time is 1 minute, 43.52 seconds. The 200 free relay time is 1:32.04.
Brandt swims fly for the medley relay. His position in the free relay varies on his events and those of others in the relay, Dooley said.
He has the third best time in the area for the 200 IM with a 2:03.00 finish.
“The 200 IM is one of my stronger events,” Brandt said. “The school record is held by one of my really good friends and teammate, senior Brooks Cosman. I would like to break that record, but I won’t be too upset if I don’t. I believe the school record is a 1:56.40, which is a pretty quick time and right around my personal best.”
At state, Dooley said Brandt will “definitely be in the fly.” His second event remains undecided.
Of course, Brandt wants to medal at state. More importantly, he wants to win. Dooley said he just wants Brandt to have fun, get his best times and bring his best races.