Andrew Bree

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Andrew Bree
Personal information
Full name Andrew Patrick Bree
Nationality Irish
Born (1981-03-16) 16 March 1981 (age 33)
Helen's Bay, Northern Ireland
Height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight 95 kg (209 lb)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Breaststroke
Club Ards / Tennessee

Andrew Patrick Bree (born 16 March 1981) is a breaststroke swimmer from Helen's Bay, County Down Northern Ireland. He is a 2-time Irish Olympian, having swum at the 2000 and 2008 Olympics.

He became the first Irish person to win a medal at the European Short Course Swimming Championships when he finished second in the 200 m breaststroke at the 2003 Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin, Ireland.[1] His Irish club is Ards, but as of 2008 he trains in at the University of Tennessee (USA).

After swimming at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney;[2] Bree failed to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.[3] However, he qualified for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. There he equaled the 200 m LC breaststroke record and placed fifth.[4]

In the months leading up to the 2008 Olympics he tested positive at a drug test. Bree claimed that he had used a nasal spray and did not know it contained banned substances. The results of the drug test were later overturned and he was allowed swim at the Beijing Olympics.[5]

Beijing 2008 Olympics[edit]

Bree qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics at the 2008 US National Swimming Championships in Indiana by swimming a new personal best time and then-Irish record of 2:13.14 in the 200 m breaststroke. At the British Swimming Championships in June 2008 he swam the 100 m breaststroke in a time of 1:01.83 which allowed him to swim the 100 m breaststroke at the Olympics also. He was also entered in the heats of the 200 metres individual medley but scratched from the heats.[6]

In the 200 m breaststroke heats he won his heat in a time of 2.10.91, breaking his own Irish record by over 2 seconds, and then lowering it again in semi-finals to 2:10.16.[6] He is also Irish record holder in the 100 m breaststroke (1:01.78) and the 200 m individual medley (2:04.43).

In 2012, Bree was an analyst on the 2012 Olympics swimming coverage on RTE Sport.


  1. ^ Bree wins European silver at National Aquatic Centre. RTÉ Sport. Published 2003-12-14; retrieved 2009-06-01.
  2. ^ Olympics: Bree sets PB for 200m Breaststroke. RTÉ Sport. Published 2000-09-19; retrieved 2009-06-01.
  3. ^ Bree fails in Olympic bid RTÉ Sport. Published 2004-06-27; retrieved 2009-06-01.
  4. ^ BBC News | 2006 Commonwealth Games Results | Swimming: 100 breaststroke. Published 2006-03-18
  5. ^ Andrew Bree Interview. RTÉ Radio 1: Drivetime Sport. Originally air date 2008-06-01; retrieved 2009-06-01.
  6. ^ a b Bree breaks Irish record in 200m RTÉ Sport. Published 2008-08-13, retrieved 2009-06-01.

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