The pictures in the blog were taken in 2000 at the very beginning of Brendan Hansen's career. What a great journey he has had!
1. Handsome Hansen is what I used to call him.
2. He was just real pretty in the water.
4. Brendan Hansen was a standout way back when. He was swimming in the summer for Karakung Swim Club in Havertown and our club, Creekside would race against him.
5. He is making a big splash in this photograph, but typically he would dive in and wouldn't surface until almost the middle of the pool. This was not ordinary for the rest of the swimmers.
6. I always bring my camera with me and one of the other parents mentioned to me that Brendan Hansen was there.
7. I said, who is Brendan Hansen? "A national champion", he said as he pointed him out and I have been a fan ever since. He was amazing to watch.
8. After he graduated high school and stopped swimming for the Karakung, the local swim club and for the Suburban Seahawks, he attended the University of Texas. I would follow his career every time one of his meets were televised. The Daily Times has also followed his career and that is where I got most of my information about Brendan.
9. He is the closest I ever got to an Olympic champion. He has won a medal in every color, gold, silver and bronze.
10. I never would have had the opportunity to see Brendan if I were not also following around this other nine year old superstar. The best one in the water in her mother's eyes. Whenever her name got in the newspaper it was usually spelled wrong, it was Filbert or Feebert sometimes ever Seibert but we knew who she was. She swam through high school and had a job as a lifeguard in the summer for at least 4 years and during that time she dove in and saved 3 little kids. The first time she came home from work and said nonchalantly, "I had to jump in and save this little girl today". I knew she was golden. She didn't think she was special, just doing her job. I was so proud. Maybe there was something that graced the water that day and every one of those kids were deemed for greatness.