Brendan Burns

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Brendan Burns is an NCAA Champion in the 200 Fly and 100 Back. He is a 19x NCAA All-American and 17x Big Ten Champion for the Indiana Hoosiers.

High School

Burns swam for the Upper Mainline YMCA club team, where he was a 23x YMCA national champion. He also swam for Conestoga high school, where he was a 6x PIAA state champion. Burns was also a member of the 2019 World Jr Championships team.

Burns was ranked #1 on SwimSwam’s Top-20 NCAA Recruits for the Class of 2019. On May 2, 2018, Burns announced his verbal commitment to Indiana University.

College (Indiana)


Burns had an immediate impact during his freshman year at Indiana. At his first Big Ten Champs, he started in the 200 medley relay, where he split 20.20 on the fly leg to help IU take the title. He also swam the 800 free relay in night 1, helping IU to 3rd. He swam fly again in the 400 medley relay, splitting 44.89 to help IU to another medley victory. He went on to place 3rd in the 100 fly (45.47), 2nd in the 100 back (45.75), and 1st in the 200 fly (1:40.98).


Burns started his 2nd Big Ten Champs by leading off IU’s 200 medley relay (21.31), helping them to a 3rd place finish. He also helped IU to a 3rd place finish in the 800 free relay. On the next night, he helped the 400 medley relay (fly, 44.79) to victory. On night 3, Burns placed 2nd to IU teammate Tomer Frankel in the 100 fly (45.26). On night 4, Burns took a victory in the 200 Fly, winning in 1:39.22 in a new meet record. On the final night, he won the 200 back (1:39.37) and helped IU secure a victory in the 400 free relay.

At NCAAs, he started things off in the 800 free relay, going 3rd to help IU place 9th. In the 400 medley relay, he led off in 44.84 to help IU place 5th. Individually, he placed 13th in the 100 fly (45.53), 6th in the 100 back (45.03), and 7th in the 200 fly (1:40.42). He finished the meet on IU’s 400 free relay, helping them place 11th overall.


Burns had his best campaign to date his junior year. He started his 3rd Big Ten Champs by anchoring Indiana’s 800 free relay to victory in 1:33.36. On day 2, he helped IU break the big ten record in the 400 medley relay, leading off in 44.43. On day 3, he scratched the 100 fly to focus on the 100 back, seeing this pay off when he won the title in another big ten record, 44.31. However, Burns saved the best for the last day as he took on the 200 back/200 fly double once again (and won both once again). He first took the W in the 200 back in 1:39.34, then proceeded to win the 200 fly in 1:39.81.

At the NCAAs, Burns once again started his meet in the 800 free relay, helping Indiana place 9th overall. He switched his events focus back to the 100 fly/100 back double, where he placed 9th in the 100 fly (44.54) and 2nd in the 100 back (44.15). He finished that night 3 by leading off IU’s 400 medley relay (44.45) to help them earn 2nd. Burns once again saved the best for last, only swimming the 200 fly on night 4 and getting his hand on the wall first (1:38.71), just .11 ahead of 2nd place and .17 ahead of 3rd.


Burns had a perfect meet at the 2023 Men’s Big Ten Championships, winning every event he dove in for. This included the 100 back (44.65), 200 back (1:38.22), and 200 fly (1:39.51) individually as well as on Indiana’s 800 free and 400 medley relays.

At his 4th NCAAs, Burns was once again crowned a champion. On night 3, after winning the B-final in the 100 fly (44.60), Burns used a massive last underwater to power his way to victory in the 100 back, touching for first in 43.61. He placed 2nd in the 200 fly on the last night with 1:38.97. Burns also swam in Indiana’s 5th place 200 medley relay, 4th place 800 free relay, and 2nd place 400 medley relay (2nd fastest relay performance in history).

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
scy 100 Fly 44.54 03/25/22 2022 NCAA Championships
Atlanta, Georgia
scy 200 Fly 1:38.71 03/26/22 2022 NCAA Championships
Atlanta, Georgia
scy 100 Back 44.15 03/25/22 2022 NCAA Championships
Atlanta, Georgia
scy 200 Back 1:39.34 02/26/22 2022 Big Ten Championships
West Lafayette, Indiana
lcm 100 Fly 53.35 07/28/22 2022 Summer Nationals
Irvine, California
lcm 200 Fly 1:58.46 07/31/19 2019 Summer Nationals
Palo Alto, California
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