Brown University Men’s Swimming and Diving Sign 8 to 2015-16 Season

The Brown University Men’s Swimming and Diving program will welcome eight swimmers to the team this coming fall, as Head Coach Chris Ip begins his second season at the helm. Below are brief biographies of each swimmer:

Nicholas Brown
Sudbury, MA
Bluefish Swim Club

Top Times:
100 Back – 49.99 (59.39 LCM)
200 Back – 1:49.37 (2:07.74 LCM)
200 IM – 1:52.53 (2:09.31 LCM)
400 IM – 4:00.00 (4:36.63 LCM)

Why did I choose Brown? “After my first visit to Brown, I knew the atmosphere among the student body and the feel of life in Providence was for me.  Follow up visits and meeting the team only reaffirmed this belief, and the commitment to the program (new pool, coaches) was an added bonus.  Overall, the blend of the high tier academics, the rising team in the Ivy League, and the comfortable social community made me choose Brown.”

Carson Christuk
Newbury, MA
YMCA of the North Shore

Top Times:
100 Breaststroke – 58.58 (1:07.97 LCM)
200 Breaststroke – 2:02.86 (2:25.35 LCM)
400 IM – 4:04.20

Why did I choose Brown? “I choose Brown because I have long wanted an Ivy league education, and Coach Ip and the rest of the team put Brown at the top of my list.”

Sean Han
Hightstown, NJ
Peddie Aquatic Association

Top Times:
100 Breaststroke – 56.18 (1:04.99 LCM)
50 Freestyle – 21.07 (24.49 LCM)
100 Freestyle – 46.84 (54.09 LCM)

Why did I choose Brown? “I went on a couple of Ivies visits and chose Brown because it stood out to me as a welcoming, relaxed but still very challenging place full of opportunities. People I met on the trip, including some of the swimmers, Coach Ip and Coach Dart, and even strangers, all made me feel comfortable; at the same time, I felt like I could achieve great things with so many hard-working people around, especially in the pool. Brown’s Open Curriculum was another reason I chose Brown, because I haven’t yet figured out what I want to study in college, and I am almost certain that I will find my passion at Brown.”

Liam Hollowsky
Naples, FL
T2 Aquatics

Top Times:
200 Freestyle – 1:41.14 (1:57.33 LCM)
500 Freestyle – 4:30.49 (4:06.49 LCM)
1000 Freestyle – 9:22.65 (8:27.68 – 800 LCM)
1650 Freestyle – 15:52.80 (16:27.22 – 1500 LCM)

Why did I choose Brown? “Visiting Brown made me realize that this was the school for me. The campus was amazing and everyone looked happy and wanted to be there. People were out socializing, being active and there were tons of activities always happening. The coaches were very knowledgeable and expressed that they wanted to make this team better than ever. The team atmosphere felt dedicated and closely bonded. The academics are outstanding and the professors are some of the best in the world.”

Waylon Jin
Berwyn, PA
Suburban Seahawks Swim Club

Top Times:
100 Breaststroke – 56.88 (1:05.84 LCM)
200 Breaststroke – 2:04.27 (2:23.62 LCM)
200 IM – 1:53.63 (2:11.83 LCM)

Why did I choose Brown? “I chose Brown because of its commitment to undergraduate teaching, world-class facilities, and its path towards becoming an Ivy League front runner. I am confident that upon graduation I will not only have maximized my potential as a swimmer, but also continued to display strength of character and will have received one of the finest educations available.”

Matthew Orringer
Ann Arbor, MI
Club Wolverine

Top Times:
500 Freestyle – 4:33.72 (4:06.30 – 400 LCM)
1000 Freestyle – 9:22.23
1650 Freestyle – 15:46.14 (16:17.21 – 1500 LCM)
200 IM – 1:51.60 (2:10.50 LCM)
400 IM – 3:57.66 (4:34.76 LCM)
200 Butterfly – 1:51.02

Why did I choose Brown? “I chose Brown because the campus truly felt like home from my first visit. Also, the academic atmosphere, coaching staff, and facilities are second to none.”

Charles Steele
Katy, TX
Power For Life Swim Club

Top Times:
100 Butterfly – 49.87 (56.63 LCM)
200 Butterfly – 1:51.49 (2:08.85)
50 Freestyle – 21.02 (24.92 LCM)
100 Freestyle – 45.79 (53.59 LCM)

Why did I choose Brown? “I’m a scholar but…I love to swim too. Brown is the perfect fit to pursue both academic and athletic excellence at a rigorous level. Without losing its touch of academic prestige, Brown also provides a competitive, Division 1 sports atmosphere.

William Steele
Katy, TX
Power For Life Swim Club

Top Times:
100 Butterfly – 48.88 (56.28 LCM)
200 Butterfly – 1:51.04 (2:08.70 LCM)
50 Freestyle – 21.12 (24.93 LCM)
100 Freestyle – 46.66 (54.91 LCM)

Why did I choose Brown? “I chose Brown because for me, it has the perfect balance between athletes and academics. I can see myself thriving not only as a swimmer, but also as a student within the exhilarating environment at Brown in the historical, stimulating city of Providence.”

College Swimming News is courtesy of Brown University.

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Chris Ip really has Brown going in the right path! Can’t wait to see them rise to the top in the next few years. Go Bruno!!


The Brown women seem to be picking up some great recruits as well.


Considering the new pool and coaching staff, I wouldn’t be surprised if Brown was a top contender in the Ivy League in the next few years.

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