EDWARD ‘TED’ BRENNAN
2023 INDUCTION TO THE RHODE ISLAND AQUATIC HALL OF FAME
Ted grew up in Barrington, Rhode Island and attended La Salle Academy. As an Age Group swimmer at Barrington YMCA Ted competed successfully in local and New England YMCA and USS meets. From 1981 – 1985 Ted competed for La Salle Academy in Providence, Rhode Island. He was a four-year varsity swimmer, team captain in his senior year, and was named to the Journal Bulletin All State 2nd team for the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay. He won the Hugh O’Brien Award for leadership during his sophomore year.
After La Salle Ted studied at Villanova University, was a scholarship NROTC midshipman and competed on the Men’s Division 1 swim team all four years. As a junior Ted was the most improved swimmer and in his senior year was named co-captain. Ted was a four-year member of the Big East Conference All-Academic team. As a Big East Swimmer Ted placed 12th in the 200 free and 1650 free as well as 15th in the 500-yard freestyle. He placed at the National Catholic Collegiate Swim Championships. The 1988 – 1989 team was the defending National Catholic Champions.
During his swimming career here in Rhode Island Ted was active in Lifeguarding and Water Safety. He was the High Point Scorer in the 1989 Lifeguard competition, achieving the honor of King Neptune.
After graduating from Villanova Ted continued his passion for swimming by successful coaching for years at the local summer swim club in Allentown, Pennsylvania, by officiating in the United States Swimming club events, and by serving as meet director for the Eastern Pennsylvania Special Olympic Sectional swim meets. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Swimming Official Association. Ted also competes in USS Master’s Swimming and is a triathlon Athlete having qualified for the 2018 Ironman World Championships in South Africa.
Ted, a retired US Navy Commander, resides in Allentown, PA with his wife Jennifer and children.