Brett Stoughton set the standard for Centerville swimmers when he made back-to-back trips to the IHSAA state tournament.
Now, thanks to the recent Centerville High School graduate, future Bulldog swimmers can aim for something else.
Stoughton recently committed to continue his swimming career at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.
“I’m really thrilled that I get to continue a sport that I love and I’ve been doing for so long,” said Stoughton, who added that he started swimming in fourth grade.
Calvin is an NCAA Division III program with a Christian background. Stoughton plans to study business and finance.
“I really liked their religious afiliation. They’re a small-sized school with strong academics, and I liked the swimming program there,” Stoughton said.
As a junior, Stoughton became the first boy swimmer in Centerville High School history to qualify for the state meet, when he finished 22nd in the 200 individual medley and set a sectional record along the way.
Then as a senior, he qualified in both the IM and the butterfly, setting sectional records in both. Stoughton’s sectional records stand at 1:55.63 for the IM and 51.52 in the butterfly. He finished 14th in the IM at state as a senior.
“They’re very lucky to be getting Brett,” Centerville co-coach Tyler McKee said.
“Brett’s already one of the top swimmers in that program stepping into it. He’s going to be one of the top swimmers in the fly and the IM. I’m sure he’ll continue to swim those.”
The move to college will force a change for Stoughton and twin brother Matt, who will be attending Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana.
The pair have been swimming together since they were in fourth grade.
“We’re only an hour-and-a-half to two hours away, so we’re basically going to college together,” Brett Stoughton assured. “We’ll still be in touch quite a bit.”
McKee said Brett Stoughton is talking about national championships at the college level.
“He’s just got the desire to achieve his goals,” McKee said. “The past two years I’ve been coaching him he’s non-stop on the Internet learning technique and workouts and talking to everybody he can and you just never hear any complaints from him. He never complains; he’s first one in the water, last one out. He’s been great for our team; he motivates everybody to do the same.”