Home cooking best recipe for Peter Brothers

Peter Brothers tested the waters at a couple of universities but feels the wisest decision is to stay in his backyard.

The 17-year-old distance freestyle specialist will attend the University of Victoria and continue to train in his hometown at the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Victoria.

A high school senior, Brothers visited two other excellent Western Canadian universities for swimmers – the University of British Columbia and the University of Calgary – and trained for a weekend with each club.

“Both those schools are among the best in Canada and their record at developing Olympians speaks for itself,” said Brothers. “In the end the best thing for me was to stay in Victoria. Being at home is one less thing to worry about. I’m familiar with our program in Victoria. I think it is important to be comfortable with what I’m doing.”

Canada’s male youth swimmer of the year in 2012 is preparing for the Canadian Swimming Trials to be held in Victoria April 2-5. He hopes earn a spot on the national team for the Commonwealth Games or Pan Pacific Championships, with a goal of ultimately competing at the 2016 Olympics.

“It’s really important for us to have Peter in Victoria,” said Randy Bennett, the head coach at Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre – Victoria. “He has come through the Island Swimming program and he is comfortable with the expectations. Plus he will live at home and not have to deal with a new life of living in residence.”

Victoria is the stable for Canada’s best distance freestylers. In addition to two-time Olympic medallist Ryan Cochrane, world championship medallist Eric Hedlin and the other Brothers brother, Will, are among the distance group. Will Brothers is the second-fastest Canadian ever in the 1500-m freestyle, as he qualified for world championships in an exciting battle at last year’s trials.

“The atmosphere in Victoria with Ryan, Eric and Will is ideal for good distance performances,” said Peter Brothers. “Having that support from others who are training in the same event really helps a lot. Our success shows that it works.”

Brothers is also working hard at improving his 200-m freestyle and 200-m backstroke events.

“He is still young and we are trying to work towards what specific events would be best for him,” said Bennett.

In 2013, Brothers broke through on the national scene. He was on Canada’s youth team at the Australian Olympic Youth Festival and he ended the year as a member of the Canadian team for the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in December.

Being on youth and junior national teams in 2013, Brothers would love nothing more than to be on a senior squad in 2014.

This release was provided to SwimSwam courtesy of Swimming Canada.

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Northern Fan
6 years ago

Really tired of Swimming Canada relentlessly promoting staying in Canada for University. What kind of college experience will it be for him living at home? Please at least have him live in residence and get the true college experience.
I would like to hear what one of his Island teammates Jeremy Bagshaw of Cal would say to him about the benefits of swimming for a top US college team.

Reply to  Northern Fan
6 years ago

Amen, we’re way over promoting a 14 year old kid. MA is becoming to LeBron of swimming. ( in terms of hype)

North West Fan
Reply to  Northern Fan
6 years ago

Jeremy is a great swimmer but he has not made a senior national team and likely wont until he is done at So Cal

6 years ago

Yes, the self promotion by Swimming Canada is a bit over the top, but they also have the right to promote success stories. Plus, it is good to show multiple paths to success. I think the question for young American male distance swimmers is this: should they consider UVIC and that environment to develop their distance and open water careers. The NCAA is probably not the right place for some of those guys.

6 years ago

I see nothing wrong with kids wanting to stay at home if the program is working for them. This kid gets to train with one of the best distance swimmers in the world everyday (seeing as he’s a distance swimmer) if that isn’t motivation then I don’t know what is.

Northern Fan
Reply to  splash
6 years ago

Splash, you are missing my point. I don’t think it is just about swimming fast. There have to be some fun and life experiences mixed in there as well.

Reply to  Northern Fan
6 years ago

I wasn’t trying to counter your point in particular, I was just trying to bring a different side to this discussion. I respect athletes who are able to make decisions they are confident in without getting caught up in the pressure to stay in Canada or the idea that swimming in the NCAA is the only way to swim fast. I understand that there are multiple factors in deciding on a postsecondary institution and 2 of the major ones being the quality of education and cost. I realise the first can be found all over the world. But no one knows if part of the decision to stay home was the money factor, it costs an extremely large amount of… Read more »

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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