HHHS Swimmer Going to State

HHHS swimmer Timothy Brooks qualified for this week's state swim meet.
By: Todd Martin
You would never know as the calm, humble Harker Heights High School senior walks up, that you’re about to meet a school-record-holding swimmer about to race among the best in the state.
It’s difficult to decide what is most impressive about Timothy Brooks and his success in the pool.
He just started competing less than four years ago as a high school freshman.
The unassuming athlete worked so hard that he trimmed 6 seconds off his 50-yard time in his first year.
As a junior a year ago, he knocked a whopping 2 seconds off the school record for the 100-yard butterfly, his best race. As it turns out, the hardworking swimmer was just getting started.
This year, as a senior, Brooks has been a force in the water. In January, he set a new school standard in his signature race, clocking a 51.69 in the 100-yard fly, a mark he bested less than a month later.
At the region meet Feb. 1, the Harker Heights senior swam a 50.3 fly, good for a new school record again, a second-place finish and a spot in the state swim meet starting Friday at the University of Texas at Austin. He was .09 seconds from first place.
“I can’t wait,” he said Wednesday of the state meet. “It will be exciting. I’m happy about it.”
“He has great humility,” said swim coach David Rosenbaum. “He’s not boastful, even when he has every right to be. He values work ethic over bravado.”
After trying football and track, Brooks said he wanted to try a different sport. “It turns out, I was good at it,” he said.
His secret to rapid success in a brutally grueling sport is as simple as it is effective. “It’s just non-stop hard work,” he said. “I want to be really good. It’s just about showing up every day.”
Rosenbaum said his state butterfly qualifier lives out the standard “first in, last out” in daily training. “He puts in the work. There is no medium for him.”
“This year, his goal was to get to state,” the coach said. “He had to walk the path and he has gone above and beyond. He swims 6 to 7 miles a day easily.”
At the region meet, when Brooks broke his own school record and qualified for state finishing less than a breath from first place, Rosenbaum said it was a powerful moment.
“It was emotional,” the coach said. “I’m proud of him. That was the proudest moment of my career.”
Now, the top swimmer has a new goal. He wants to finish in the top eight in the state preliminaries to qualify for the A Finals race and a shot to medal at the highest level of Texas high school swimming.
“Our goal as coaches is to inspire,” Rosenbaum said. “Well, he inspired me. He takes no days off. He gives it his all. He wants to inspire and he’s done that with me and with lots of others.”