News and notes on Purdue Athletics
75 Boilermakers earn undergraduate degree
Kim, Replogle receive Big Ten Medal of Honor
Purdue matches its best-ever finish at the NCAA Championships in the modern era
Purdue honored members of its basketball, swimming and diving and wrestling programs
Purdue Men host WKU
Purdue men and women host the Indiana Intercollegiates at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center
Purdue Swim vs. WKU
Big Ten Triple Duals at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center
The Boilermakers host Notre Dame for dual meet action.
Favorite Pro Team: Team Orbit
Favorite Athlete: Sergei Bobrovsky
Swimmer He'd Like to Race Against: Nathan Adrian
Favorite Playoff Format/Marquee Event: Stanley Cup Playoffs
Last Concert He Attended: Panic! at the Disco!
Last Book He Read: Alex Hunter
Favorite Actor & Director: Johnny Depp & Vin Diesel
Favorite Movie to Watch on Team Bus: Sharknado
Favorite Super-Hero/Sci-Fi Series: The Flash
Favorite TV Show: House
Favorite Holiday: Shark Week
Favorite Food: Cajun Food
Favorite Purdue Building: Mackey Arena
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Unique Travel Locale: Hawai'i
Country He'd Most Like to Visit: France
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Camping
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Soccer
Favorite Thing About the Boilermaker Aquatic Center: The Divers
Most Memorable Moment at Purdue: Big Ten Championships
2016-17: Big Ten Distinguished Scholar... Academic All-Big Ten... CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-America... Brooks was among Purdue's most versatile swimmers, racing in nine different individual events during the season... swam the leadoff leg on the record-setting 800 free relay at the Big Ten Championships, the second time he helped Purdue establish a new record in the event... led off the 800 free relay with a career-best 200 time of 1:36.35 that moved him into fourth place in program history... honored as the team's Red Mackey Award nominee, recognizing excellence by a senior... took fourth in the A final of the 400 IM at Big Tens with a season-best time of 3:47.58... also had season-best times in the 200 IM (1:47.56) and 200 fly (1:48.45) at Big Tens, scoring in the C final of the 200 fly to account for 28 team points... graduated ranked second in program history in the 400 IM (3:47.02, 2014)... scored in the 400 IM at Virginia Tech's H2Okie Fall Invitational.
2015-16: Big Ten Distinguished Scholar... Academic All-Big Ten... CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-America... Brooks competed primarily in the distance freestyle events, 200 fly and IM events... posted season-best times in the 200 (1:36.68) and 500 free (4:27.03) as well as the 200 fly (1:48.34) and 400 IM (3:49.70), the 200 free and 200 fly also ranking as career bests... 200 free split on the leadoff leg of the 800 free relay at the Big Ten Championships ranked sixth in program history... also continues to rank second in program history in the 400 IM (3:47.02)... had Purdue's season-best and a personal-best time in the 1000 free (9:22.03) while winning the event at the Big Ten Triple Duals... ranked third on the team with seven event victories total... in 2015-16, also ranked among the top three on the team in the 200 (2nd), 500 (3rd) and 1650 free (15:37.08, 2nd) as well as the 200 fly (3rd) and 400 IM (3rd)... scored in three events at the Big Ten Championships to account for 20 team points, qualifying for the B final of the 400 IM and the C finals of the 200 fly and 500 free... scored in four events to account for 48 points (fifth on the team) to help the Boilermakers win the Purdue Invitational, highlighted by fourth-place overall finishes in the 400 IM and the mile... swept the 500 and 1000 free in the dual meet win vs. Iowa... won the 200 free at the FIU Sprint Invite... won his prelim heat of the 500 free at the Big Ten Championships... selected as a team co-captain for 2016-17.
2014-15: Distinguished Big Ten Scholar... Academic All-Big Ten... CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-America... Brooks competed in eight different individual events but raced primarily in the mid-distance freestyle and 200 butterfly and individual medley events... swam the anchor leg on the 800 free relay team (6:27.10) at Big Tens that eclipsed a program record which had stood since 2011... season-best times ranked among the top five on the team in 2014-15 in five different events: 100 free (45.43, 5th), 1000 free (9:25.38, 1st), 200 fly (1:50.58, 4th), 200 IM (1:48.10, 3rd) and 400 IM (3:49.12, 4th)... posted his season-best times in the 100 free and both IM events at the Big Ten Championships... won the C final of the 400 IM at Big Tens... season bests in the 500 free (4:31.14) and 200 fly (1:50.58) were at the Minnesota Grand Prix... had his season-best time in the 200 free (1:40.55) in his return to Minneapolis for the Big Ten Triple Duals... won the 1000 free in the dual meet victory at Notre Dame with his season-best time... won the 200 IM and finished third in the 100 free as Purdue's top finisher at the Indiana Intercollegiates... swam on relay winners in the dual meet victory vs. Michigan State as well as the Indiana Intercollegiates... continues to rank among the Purdue all-time Top 10 in the 200 (1:47.84, 9th) and 400 IM (3:47.02, 2nd).
2013-14: CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-America... Brooks competed in 10 different individual events throughout the season... established a new Purdue freshman record (3:47.02) in the 400 IM at the Big Ten Championships while winning the B final of the event... honored as the team's most improved performer after the season... season-best time in the 200 IM (1:47.84) from Big Tens, while finishing fourth in the C final, also ranked second best on the team in 2013-14... ranks second (400) and eighth (200) in program history in the IM events... won his heats of the 400 IM and 1000 free at the Big Ten Triple Duals... won the 200 IM at the season-opening Indiana Intercollegiates... competed in seven events at the Minnesota Gran Prix, racing in the 200 and 500 free, 200 and 400 IM, 200 fly, and 200 back... raced in five events at the Big Ten Triple duals, competing in the 100 and 1000 free, 100 and 200 fly, and 400 IM... posted season-best times in the 100 fly (50.89) at the Indiana Intercollegiates and the 200 fly (1:50.24) at Big Tens.
Before Purdue: Brooks was a state qualifier for coaches John Nemeth and Jim Matson at Centerville High School in the Dayton area... Ohio state champion in the 200 IM (1:50.09) and 400 free relay as a junior... also finished as the state runner-up in the 500 free (4:30.09)... team captain and two-time team MVP set new team records in the 200 IM and 500 free... place third at state in the 200 IM and helped his 400 free relay team take second as a sophomore... captain's choice award winner as a freshman... National Honors Society... French National Honors Society and also served as a French club officer.
Personal: Full name is Joshua Barton Brooks... born in Kettering, Ohio... parents are Robert and Lisa Brooks... family also includes older sisters Kelsey and Kara and younger brother Jacob... sister Kesley swims collegiately at Ashland University... majoring in electrical engineering.