Olympic Gold Medalist Brooks Curry Leaving LSU to Turn Pro

by Riley Overend 15

July 27th, 2023 College, News, SEC

Olympic gold medalist Brooks Curry bid farewell to LSU on Monday, closing the book on a legendary college career in Baton Rouge highlighted by NCAA titles last year in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 free — the Tigers’ first national crowns in the pool since 1988.

Curry confirmed to SwimSwam that it was goodbye for good as he has plans to train elsewhere in a pro group “for several more years” instead of using his COVID-19 fifth year, but he didn’t share his next destination yet. However, his sister, Peyton — who transferred from LSU to South Carolina this offseason — may have offered a hint in the comments with bear emojis.

The 22-year-old Georgia native is in Irvine this week competing at the TYR Pro Championships, where he qualified first in the 50-meter freestyle prelims this morning with a 22.07. Last month, Curry clocked a nation-leading mark in the 100 free (48.42) at LSU’s Tristan Vessel Invite before failing to make any A-finals a few weeks later in the 50, 100, and 200 free at U.S. Trials, missing out on his second World Championships appearance in a row.

As a senior at the NCAA Championships this past spring, Curry couldn’t defend his national titles in the 50 free and 100 free, placing 4th (18.76) and 5th (41.03), respectively. He added a personal-best 1:31.30 in the 200 free en route to a fourth-place finish.

At last year’s World Championships, Curry posted a personal-best 47.90 in the 100 free semis before placing 5th in the final (48.00), within a few tenths of the podium. He also collected a gold medal in the men’s 4×100 free relay, silver in the men’s 4×100 medley relay, and bronze in the mixed 4×100 free relay in Budapest, Hungary.

His winning times from the 2022 NCAA Championships, an 18.56 50 free and 40.84 100 free, will be some tough school records to break for future LSU swimmers.

At the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, Curry raced in the men’s 4×100 free relay heats with Zach Apple, Bowe Becker, and Blake Pieroni before being subbed out for Caeleb Dressel in the final, where their U.S. squad captured gold. He became the first Tiger swimmer ever to claim Olympic gold.

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7 months ago

not sure why Brooks Curry would go to Cal. The assistant coach merchant Durden has no idea what he doing in terms of developing swimmers.

Look at the facts. #beardown

Reply to  Andrew
7 months ago


Jack Alexy, Dare Rose are just two of the latest. Your hater rants are tiring. Please go back to your basement and get back on your meds.

Beginner Swimmer at 25
7 months ago

UH Cougars

7 months ago

I’d love to see Curry train the 200 LCM a little more. When I watched his B finals win at trials I really felt like he has all the pieces for an amazing 200 but hasn’t quite but the race together yet!

Last edited 7 months ago by Smglsn12
7 months ago

So no more “you have to swim collegiately to be a pro with us” for Cal?

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Bobthebuilderrocks
7 months ago

Hunter opening up the floodgates.

Reply to  Steve Nolan
7 months ago

For his next trick that requirement will disappear

7 months ago

Geaux Brooks!

7 months ago

Didnt someone comment/confirm Cal a couple days ago

Reply to  Noah
7 months ago

I didn’t see anything credible, just speculation.

Old Tiger Swimmer
Reply to  Braden Keith
7 months ago

I’ve been hearing Cal through the local alumni grapevine for a couple months.

Reply to  Braden Keith
7 months ago

his sister commenting bear emojis is close enough to credible for me

Reply to  swimmer
7 months ago

Could be Baylor.

Reply to  BearlyBreathing
7 months ago

Pretty sure they have a couple of short course lanes in the little indoor waterpark at their rec center he could use.

7 months ago

Cal 🐻

About Riley Overend

Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor at newspapers …

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