Tuesday was a watershed moment for Greenbrier swimmer Nick Brown.
When he signed his letter of intent to swim for Florida State University, he went from being a lifelong Seminoles fan to part of the program.
“This is the happiest I have ever been my entire life,” Brown said. “Everything I’ve done throughout my high school career, even when I was in middle school, it’s led up to this moment right here. It feels pretty good.”
Signing day was a little bittersweet for his mother Leonarda.
“He always talked about it since he was not quite 10,” she said. “He wanted to swim in high school and college, that’s what his goal was. I couldn’t be happier for him, but it’s a little sad for me.”
Brown had been considering other schools, mainly the University of Georgia, but after visiting Tallahassee a few weeks ago, that was all he needed to push the final vote to Florida State.
“My trip to Tallahassee definitely solidified my decision to want to become a Seminole,” Brown said. “The people and coaches there were phenomenal.”
Also helping his decision, was that his father, Dana, swam for the Seminoles.
“My dad actually graduated in 1980,” Brown said. “And now that I’m a part of it, I feel that I’m a part of something bigger than myself. It’s almost as if it was meant to be.”
Brown had his finest season this year. He was the state champion in the 100-yard breaststroke and was second in the 200 individual medley.
“They were heavily recruiting me and they really wanted me on the team and they knew I was considering other schools,” Brown said of Florida State. “They were really pushing towards getting me and I wanted to be a part of that too, and it was a mutual decision.”
Before Brown begins school in the fall, he is heading to Knoxville, Tenn. in June to swim in a meet where he hopes to qualify for the Olympic trials.
“I’m not vying to make the team by any means, but it would be a great experience to be there,” Brown said.