|Full name||Andrew Patrick Bree|
16 March 1981 |
Helen's Bay, Northern Ireland
|Height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Weight||95 kg (209 lb)|
|Club||Ards / Tennessee|
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. 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; Bree failed to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. However, he qualified for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. There he equaled the 200 m LC breaststroke record and placed fifth.
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.
Beijing 2008 Olympics
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.
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. He is also Irish record holder in the 100 m breaststroke (1:01.78) and the 200 m individual medley (2:04.43).
- Bree wins European silver at National Aquatic Centre. RTÉ Sport. Published 2003-12-14; retrieved 2009-06-01.
- Olympics: Bree sets PB for 200m Breaststroke. RTÉ Sport. Published 2000-09-19; retrieved 2009-06-01.
- Bree fails in Olympic bid RTÉ Sport. Published 2004-06-27; retrieved 2009-06-01.
- BBC News | 2006 Commonwealth Games Results | Swimming: 100 breaststroke. Published 2006-03-18
- Andrew Bree Interview. RTÉ Radio 1: Drivetime Sport. Originally air date 2008-06-01; retrieved 2009-06-01.
- Bree breaks Irish record in 200m RTÉ Sport. Published 2008-08-13, retrieved 2009-06-01.