Eagles News · Senior Highlight – Brendan Quinn

Brendan Quinn

John Adams Athletics is recognizing all of its outstanding Senior Student Athletes for their outstanding work in athletics, the classroom, and their amazing leadership.


What was your favorite memory at John Adams?

McDonald’s with the swim team (they’ll know what Im talking about).

Did you have a pre meet ritual? 

For Cross Country. I would drink an entire gallon water bottle the day before a meet, and a quarter gallon on the morning of. For Swimming, I would do a specific warmup in a specific order and top it off by applying bio freeze to any part of my body that hurt. Me and the team would also drink or eat pre-workout.

What is one thing that you had to have in your bag before you got on the bus?

My muscle roller, no exceptions. If I didn’t have that no one was leaving.

What events did you swim?

The 200 freestyle (8 laps) and the 500 freestyle (20 laps) mainly. But I also loved the 100 backstroke and the 100 butterfly. For relays I would always anchor the 200 freestyle relay and I would always lead off the 400 freestyle relay (when you lead off a relay it counts as an official time for that distance, in this case the 100 freestyle).

What was your favorite Cross Country course?

New Prairie

What was your inspiration or who inspired you to compete?

Definitely Michael Phelps. Phelps swam in his first OLYMPIC FINAL as a FRESHMAN in high school. He was fifth in the world in the 200 butterfly before most people his age even knew how to drive. My family is full of swimmers and while I didn’t think I’d be the next Phelps, I wanted to be the absolute best swimmer I could be.

What is your favorite quote related to athletics

“Swimming is normal for me. I’m relaxed, I’m comfortable, and I know my surroundings. It’s my home” -Michael Phelps

“I won’t predict anything historic, but nothing is impossible” -Michael Phelps

Are there any achievements, awards, or honors you would like us to acknowledge?

MVP for senior season. Captain.

Advice for underclassmen and your teammates?

Underclassmen: pay attention to your GPA. The hardest thing to do is try to raise it late in your high school career. Don’t let the bad races get into your head. Think about the positive side of things, you now know exactly what not to do in your next meet. 

Teammates: keep swimming! Coach Chase is extremely overqualified as a high school coach so take advantage of this opportunity!

What message would you like to send to the John Adams community and fans?

Thank you so much to everyone who took time out of their day to come and help with the meets. The team was severely undermanned this year and all of you did so much. Thank you!

What are your future plans?

Attend Purdue, exploratory studies, history minor and french minor

Who would you like to thank or recognize?

All of my coaches throughout the years who helped me realize that I could be more than what I was at the beginning of high school.

Message from Had Boys Swim Coach Chase Carroll

Brendan was the captain of the team and the Kiwanis award winner. He was an outstanding leader this year with an inspiring work ethic. He carried a positive attitude that cheered up the whole team! I am very proud of his performance and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

Message from Head Cross Country Coach Savino Rivera

Brendan has always been consistent and a hard working individual who is  always on task. He is always willing to help get things done.


Congratulations Brendan and best of luck at Purdue. Go Boilers!