Loren Brandon
Loren  Brandon


Centennial, Colo.

High School:
Cherry Creek HS

Distance Freestyle


Minnesota Places 62 on Winter Academic All-Big Ten Teams

For the second year in a row, gymnast Nathan Fortunato posted an unblemished 4.0 GPA.


Twenty Gophers Earn Academic All-Big Ten Honors

Student-athletes must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and be in their second academic year at an institution to earn the honor.


Gophers Finish 10th at 2013 NCAA Championships

It marked the third time in program history that the Gophers finished in the top-10 nationally.


14 Gophers Make NCAA Roster

Minnesota has the second most competitors heading to Championships


Day Two Preliminary Results

The gophers qualified 12 swimmers for the evening finals

2012-13 • Senior Season: Competed in the 1650 freestyle at the 2013 NCAA Championships • finished 3rd in the 1650 freestyle (16:09.55) and 11th in the 500 freestyle with a personal-best time of 4:44.56 at the Big Ten Championships (2/20) • also notched a personal best in the 200 free (1:50.10) at the event • placed first in the 1000 free at Hawaii (1/12) • had second-place finishes in the 1000 free at the Quad Duals (2/1), vs. Iowa (11/2) and vs. Iowa State (10/12) • finished third in the 500 free vs. the Cyclones and in the 400 IM at the Jean Freeman Invite (11/30) • earned her fourth varsity letter.

2011-12 • Junior Season: Earned All-America honorable mention status in the 1650 freestyle (16:13.75) with a 14th-place finish at the NCAA Championships • recorded a fourth-place finish in the 1650 free (16:11.24) at the Big Ten Championships • also competed in the preliminaries of the 500 free • competed in the 200 free and the 100 fly at the Minnesota Challenge (2/3-4) • finished fourth in the 1000 free (10:02.01) at the Quad Duals (1/27-28) • secured a fifth-place finish in the 1000 free, sixth in the 500 free and 10th in the 200 free at Missouri (1/14) • finished third in the 1650 free and fifth in the 500 free at Hawaii (12/31) • finished 18th in the finals of the 800-meter free at the Minnesota Grand Prix (11/11-13) • placed fourth in the 1000 freestyle (10:08.66) at Iowa (11/4) • tallied a fourth-place finish in the 1000 freestyle (10:15.34) and a sixth-place finish in the 500 freestyle (5:03.19) vs. Kansas (10/21) • finished second in the 1650 freestyle (16:57.75) in the dual meet vs. Michigan • Academic All-Big Ten.

2010-11 • Sophomore Season: All-America honorable mention honoree (14th), swimming a career best in the 1,650 free at the NCAA Championships (16:05.91) • swam a season best of 4:46.42 in the 500 free at the Big Ten Championships • took third place in the 1,650 free • swam two NCAA `B' qualifying times at the Minnesota Grand Prix in the 500 (4:49.76) and 1,650 (16:19.28) free • finished third in 1,000 free and fourth in 500 free at Wisconsin dual (10/29) • finished second in 1,000 free at Michigan State dual (10/9) • finished second in the 1,650 free at Michigan dual (10/8) • Academic All-Big Ten honoree • earned second varsity letter

2009-10 • Freshman season: Competed in her first NCAA Championships as a freshman • held the team's second-best time in the 1,650 free (16:12.99) and the 1,000 free (9:47.89) • opened her Gopher career with a second-place finish in the 1,000 free at Wisconsin (10/30) • also finished second in the 1,000 free at the Iowa dual (11/6) • earned a fifth-place finish in the 1,000 free and the 1,650 free at the Minnesota Grand Prix (11/13) • one of three Gophers to place in the top three at the OSU Invite in the 500 free when she clocked a time of career-best time of 4:46.37 • added another career-best time at the OSU Invite, this time inthe 1,650 free (16:21.09) and placed second overall • held a time of 4:58.40 in the 500 free at the Quad Duals (1/29) and fourth overall in the 1,000 free (9:58.81) • placed fourth overall in the 1,650 free and second on the Gopher squad behind Big Ten Champion Ashley Steenvoorden • added an 11th overall finish in the 500 free (2/17) • competed in the 1,650 free and placed 27th overall.

High School: A 2009 graduate of Cherry Creek High School • swam with both Cherry Creek and Mission Aurora Colorado Swimming • state champion in the 500 free and the 400 free relay as a junior and the 200 free, 500 free and 400 free relay as a senior • named the Colorado Swimmer of the Year in 2009 • holds the state record in the 1650 and 1500 for 17-18 year olds • a three-time all-state honoree • All-American in 2008 and 2009 • scholatic All-American by USA Swimming • four-year letterwinner in swimming • has competed at Junior Nationals in 2007, 2008 and 2009 • enters her collegiate career with top times of 1:50.03 in the 200 free, 4:48.74 in the 500 free and 16:35.91 in the 1,650 free.

Personal: Born April 20, 1991 • majoring in finance • daughter of Dave and Teresa Brandon • has a younger sister Bonnie • dad played basketball at Northern Colorado • lists breaking the state record in the 400 free relay as her most memorable sports thrill.

Brandon's Top Times
Year Event Time
2013 200 free 1:50.10
2013 500 free 4:44.56
2011 1000 free 9:44.99
2011 1650 free 16:05.91
2012 100 fly 1:01.67
2013 100 back 1:03.75
2013 400 IM 4:39.71

Member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee:

What community service projects have you been involved in this year?

Food Drives

Are you a SAAC representative? If so, for how many years?

Two years

Are you on any of the SAAC committees? If so, which one(s)?

Social Committee

What is your favorite part about SAAC?

I love coming up with ways for athletes to get to know each other. It is so nice to meet athletes outside your own team.

How many Maroon Madness events have you attended this year?



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