Brandy Wood Haynes – Honor Athlete

Brandelyn Wood was oldest of three children, all of whom would follow her footsteps, or rather, in her wake, in the sport of competitive swimming. If you ask her teammates, one chord keeps sounding: Brandy Wood worked harder than anyone they ever swam with. Beginning at North Harford Swim Club at age 8, her competitive drive and love for swimming inspired her parents Donald and Cheryl Wood to sign her up for lessons at the Howard Community College. By age ten, she had caught the eye of Coach John Fradel at RASAC. She moved to NBAC at age 11, made Junior Nationals at age 13 in 1987; made Senior Nationals in 1989 in 400 IM and 200 Breast. Brandy won 200 Breast at Junior Nationals in 1989 at age 15. In the 1991 Senior Nationals, her sixth place finish in 400 IM, placed her on Team USA for the Pan American Games held that year in Havana, Cuba. During this period she won multiple Maryland Swimmer of the Year awards from 1988-1991, as well as multiple Top-16 Age Group Rankings. Brandy also competed in Cross Country at Dulaney High School, finishing as high as fifth her sophomore year at States. Her finish at Nationals also made her eligible for a USA Swimming Long Distance Training Camp held in Hawaii. In Havana, Brandy swam to a Bronze Medal in the 400 IM and, having graduated from Dulaney, began her collegiate career at University of Florida. In the 1992 Olympic Trials, she swam to an 11th place finish in 400 IM. At Florida, Brandy was an NCAA All American and part of two SEC Championship Teams. Brandy currently lives in Hunt Valley, Maryland, is married to Michael Haynes, also a former swimmer, and they are parents to son Cole.