C-I’s Brown to dive for South Dakota State

Cambridge-Isanti senior Parker Brown will take his body control and courage for flying off a diving board to South Dakota State University next season after he agreed to a scholarship with the Jackrabbits.

Cambridge-Isanti senior Parker Brown at his April 16 signing ceremony for a scholarship to dive on the South Dakota State University men’s team. Also attending the ceremony were (seated) parents Tony & Kelly Brown, sister Samantha, (standing) C-I boys swim coach Gary Gotz, grandfather Thomas Smith, and grandmother Mary Brown-Sibbert.  Photo by Greg Hunt

Cambridge-Isanti senior Parker Brown at his April 16 signing ceremony for a scholarship to dive on the South Dakota State University men’s team. Also attending the ceremony were (seated) parents Tony & Kelly Brown, sister Samantha, (standing) C-I boys swim coach Gary Gotz, grandfather Thomas Smith, and grandmother Mary Brown-Sibbert. Photo by Greg Hunt

The three-time State entrant broke and reset the Bluejackets diving records which are 278 points for a six-dive night and 435 points  for an 11-dive event. He also owns the Mississippi 8 Conference six-dive mark of 276 points.

“SDSU contacted me first, and we kept talking through the season. They had coaches at the State meet to watch me and others. It wasn’t until a couple weeks ago they called me to tell me about the scholarship offer,” said Brown. “I like how small the campus is and the lower enrollment. The swimming facility is new, and it looks great.”

The Jackrabbits compete in the Div. I Summit League under long-time head coach Brad Erickson.

“We’re super-proud of Parker. He’s been a great leader for the divers– all the younger guys look up to him. Parker keeps striving to get better; he always wants to do something more, something harder. I couldn’t ask for more in a diver or in a son,” said mother and C-I diving coach Kelly Brown. “I think he has a ton of potential still left. It will be fun to watch his progress at college.”

Several years ago, her son made the commitment to get better through USA Diving’s off-season practice plan which included its own set of regional competitions.

“I don’t remember when it started, but whenever it started, it never ended,” joked Parker, when asked how long he has been working the off-season program.parker2

“I’ve had the privilege of watching Parker growing up and watching him go off the diving board since before he could float– going off the board with little floaties on his arms. It’s been very fun to watch his progression. Parker has done a wonderful job representing our school and our program,” said Coach C-I swim coach Gary Gotz. “Diving is a sport that takes a lot of courage. Parker, like all divers, has had his train wrecks, but he’s come back from those and got back on the board to dive like a champion.”

 

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