Michael Brinegar

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Mother, Jennifer Hooker Brinegar swam at Indiana and was a member of the 1976 Olympic Team. Father, Jamie Brinegar, was a track and field athlete at Yale. Brother, Kevin Brinegar, swam at Denison University.

2017 FINA World Junior Championships

Brinegar was the runnerup in the 1500 freestyle and bronze medalist in the 800 freestyle at the FINA World Junior Championships.

2018 French Open Water Championships

Brinegar qualified for a spot on the Pan Pacific Championships team in the open water 10K by finishing eighth overall, first among Americans at the French Open Water Championships in Gravelines, France on May 31, posting a time of 1:44.30. He also aided the U.S. Mixed Relay team to a gold medal.

Collegiate Career


In his freshman season, Brinegar posted elite times throughout the season in the 1,000 and 1,650. At the 2019 B1G Championships, Brinegar placed 2nd behind Felix Auboeck, finishing in 14:31.73 to Auboeck’s 14:29.58. At the NCAA’s, the B1G pair finished in the same order, with Auboeck taking the national title and Brinegar finishing as national runner up in a career best of 14:27.50.

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
scy 500 Free 4:16.46 03/28/19 2019 NCAA Championships
Austin, Texas
scy 1650 Free 14:27.50 03/30/19 2019 NCAA Championships
Austin, Texas
lcm 800 Free 7:57.22 08/25/17 2017 World JR Champs
Indianapolis, Indiana
lcm 1500 Free 15:07.04 08/09/18 2018 Pan Pacific Championships
Tokyo, Japan