A for Athlete


  • Blogger at http://nickbrunelli.wordpress.com/
  • Swimmer at Sun Devil Aquatics (SDA-AZ)
  • in 2008 = 26 DOB: Dec 18, 1981
  • 6' 2" (188.0 cm)
  • Hometown = Mansfield, Mass.
  • in 2008 resides in Tempe, Ariz.
  • former resident of Norwood, Mass.
  • Coach = Tyson Wellock and Mike Chasson
  • Wikipedia:Nick Brunelli

Career Highlights:

Led off the American record-breaking 400m free relay (Short Course Meters) at 2004 Short Course Worlds … competed in finals of the 50m free at the 2005 World Championships, finishing sixth … narrowly missed a spot on the 2004 Olympic Team, taking third in the 50m free at Olympic Trials

World Championships

2005: 6, 50m FR

Pan Am Games

Captured gold in the 400m med-relay in 2003, setting a new Games Record

Short Course Worlds

2006: Bronze, 50m FR; Silver, 400m FR-R; Bronze, 400m FR-R; Bronze, 800m FR-R ... 2004: Gold, 400m FR-R & 400m MD-R(pr); Bronze, 50m FR

2007 World Rankings:

7th, 50m free; 15th, 100m free

2006 World Rankings:

29th, 50m free; 56th, 100m free

2005 World Rankings:

5th, 50m free; 9th, 100m free; 106th, 200m free; 45th, 200m IM


All-Star Team: 2005


High School: Mansfield HS ’00 College: Arizona State ’05 College Major: Recreation and Tourism

Family, Village, Community

Parents are John and Cynthia … father was the postmaster of Mansfield, Mass. (retired), and mother is the Director of Special Education for the Foxborough, Mass. public schools

Spouse: Engaged to Jennifer VanAssen

Sibling(s): Older brother (Mike) is a financial adviser in Boston

Sports Played Before Swimming: Baseball

Nickname(s): Bruno … it was his grandfather’s name; he never got to meet him because he died before Nick was born

Pet(s): One cat (Pipes) that has has had since 2002

Hobbies Outside the Pool: Playing golf, coaching, teaching ... watching the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics

Ultimate Way to Relax: Watching television, traveling

Most Influential Person: Parents … “They always do what’s needed to get the job done, and they also drove me to practice EVERY morning.”

Sponsor(s): Speedo

Training Notes


Swims 11,000 meters/yards per day, 3-4 hours a day, 6 days a week More: Swam for Ocean State Squids while growing up and through high school because high school didn't have a team … one of his best friends is two-time Olympian Erik Vendt; they carpooled, trained and competed against each other since age 10 More: Diehard Red Sox and Patriots fan ... watched the 2004 World Series in Arizona with a couple of friends, but says “the highlight of the Series was beating the Yankees. After that, I was confident the Sox would win.” More: Movie: Braveheart ... tv: Heroes ... music: everything


  • Seven SC World Medals (2g, 1s, 4s)

International Medals

2006 SC World Champs 2006: Silver, 400m MED-R (Short Course Meters); Bronze, 400m FR-R (Short Course Meters); Bronze, 800m FR-R (Short Course Meters); Bronze, 50m FR (Short Course Meters)

Top Times

Event 50m FR 100m FR Best 22.01 48.98 Year Jul 07 Dec 05

2008 Swimvitational - 6 Final, 50m FR; 10 Final, 100m FR; 2 Final, 400m MED-R 2007 SUM NATS - 3 Final, 50m FR; 3 Final, 100m FR


SC WORLD - t3 Final, 50m FR (Short Course Meters); 4 Final, 100m FR (Short Course Meters); 15 Semi, 100m IM (Short Course Meters); 3 Final, 400m FR-R (Short Course Meters); 3 Final, 800m FR-R (Short Course Meters); 2 Final, 400m MED-R (Short Course Meters)


US OPEN - 1 Final, 50m FR; 1 Final, 100m FR; 9 Final, 200m FR; 2 Final, 200m IM SUM NATS - 3 Final, 50m FR; 8 Final, 100m FR MoO DiP - 1 Final, 50m FR WORLD - 6 Final, 50m FR WC TRIALS - 2 Final, 50m FR; 8 Final, 100m FR


US OPEN - 1 Final, 50m FR; 1 Final, 100m FR; 1 Final, 200m FR OLY TRIALS - 3 Final, 50m FR; 5 Final, 50m FR; 10 Final, 100m FR 2003 SPG NATS - 9 Final, 50m FR 2002 SUM NATS - t7 Final, 100m FR; 14 Final, 200m FR