Noah Brune Scrambles Up to #6 All-Time in 13-14 Rankings in 1500 Free


The men’s 800 free relay came down to the final touch between Walnut Creek and Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics. That touch went to the Walnut Creek Aquabears, who got a big 1:51.33 anchor out of UCSB sophomore Mason Tittle to finish on top with a 7:35.19. Walnut Creek touched out PASA by just 16 hundredths– PASA’s Alex Liang provided a strong 1:51.71 split on the 2nd leg, and PASA ended with a time of 7:35.34.

The women’s 800 relay went to the Santa Clara Swim Club in 8:19.88, getting 2:03-low 1st and 4th legs out of Cathy Teng and Sophie Krivokapic-Zhou, respectively. Tualatin Hills Swim Club finished 2nd in 8:20.59.

Ryan Falk, who would later swim a 2:06.00 on the 2nd leg of Tualatin Hills’ 2nd place 800 free relay, earned a lifetime best by 7.53 seconds in the 800 free to grab the win. The Washington State commit touched at 8:52.57, well ahead of the rest of the competition.

In the men’s 1500 free, the race was even tighter than the men’s 800 free relay. 17-year-old Brooks Fail, unattached, went into the wall with a hard-charging Noah Brune of Mission Viejo. Brune, just 14 years old, powered home in 28.70, but it wasn’t enough to touch ahead of Fail, who won it in 15:45.14.

Brune, meanwhile, settled for 2nd at 15:45.17, just three hundredths behind. He dropped a whopping 18 seconds from his previous best time, making it his first venture under 16 minutes. Before the meet, Brune was ranked 22nd in the 13-14 age group rankings for this race– he now ranks 6th.

U.S. 13-14 1500 free rankings

  1. Jesse Vassallo – 15:31.03 (1976)
  2. Andrew Abruzzo – 15:36.03 (2014)
  3. Michael Phelps – 15:39.08 (2000)
  4. Matthew Hirschberger – 15:44.44 (2013)
  5. Jeff Raymond – 15:44.52 (2004)
  6. Noah Brune – 15:45.17 (2016)

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bobo gigi
5 years ago

Always fun to see MP ranked so high in the 13/14 1500 free rankings.

5 years ago

Way to go Noah! That’s my high school teammate!!

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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