NEWTOWN SQUARE–The Suburban Seahawks have produced many notable swimmers and Olympians but one that may be buzzing in the news moreso this summer is two-time Olympian Brendan Hansen.
The Suburban Seahawks reclaimed their home turf at the Suburban Swim Center, off of Gradyville Road in Newtown Square, last fall after years of vacancy. Hansen, of Havertown, made a special guest appereance and spoke to swimmers and supports of the swim center at the grand reopening. He also jumped into the pool and raced a leg in a relay race with some of the club's current swimmers.
Hansen just missed to qualify for the 200-meter breaststroke in the 2008 Olympic Trials (he came in fourth) and decided to take a break from swimming. But he's kept active and has been competing in triathlons, he said in an interview with Sports Illustrated.
Hansen has been training for months but as he preps for the 2012 London Olympics, he tells USA Today that he has no expectations but competing in the games will just be an "added bonus."
Though Hansen has already won a silver medal in the 100-meter breaststroke, a bronze in the 200-meter breaststroke and gold in a medley relay, Hansen has his eyes set on the prize and looking for gold in the single races.
"The reason why I'm swimming is to win gold in London," Hansen stated in a previous interview with Patch. "I've won silver and bronze but not a gold in the singles. I've never been more excited."
Read about some of the history of the Suburban Swim Center here from Marple Newtown Patch blogger Dough Humes.