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Brandon SCHUSTER
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Samoa   
GenderMen
Born23 Apr 1998 in Suva, FIJ
Height1.83 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Riverside, CA, USA
Languages
English
Higher education
Bioengineering, Biomedical Science - California Baptist University: Riverside, CA, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming competitively at age 14.
Why this sport?
His mother was a swimming coach, and his parents encouraged him and his siblings to take up the sport to keep fit. "She taught me how to swim before I could walk."
International Debut
Year
2012
Competing for
Samoa
Tournament
World Short Course Championships
Location
Istanbul, TUR
General Interest
Nicknames
Brando (CBU Swim Dive Facebook page, 02 Mar 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named Oceania Best Male Athlete at the 2019 Association of National Olympic Committees [ANOC] Awards in Doha, Qatar. (samoaobserver.ws, 01 Jan 2020)

He was named Best Male Athlete of the 2019 Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa. (cbubanner.com, 17 Sep 2019).
Other sports
He represented Samoa in open water swimming at the Oceania championships in 2014 and 2016. (SportsDeskOnline, 31 Aug 2021)
Milestones
He became the first male swimmer to represent Samoa at the Olympic Games when he competed in the 200m freestyle heats at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Mar 2020)
Famous relatives
His sister Andrea Schuster represented Samoa in swimming at the 2018 World Short Course Championships in Hangzhou, People's Republic of China, while his mother Suzie Schuster has served as coach of the Samoa national team. (thecoconet.tv, 20 Jul 2019; samoaplanet.com, 14 Jul 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 11 Mar 2020)
Other information
DUAL CITIZEN
He was born to a US mother and Samoan father. He has both US and Samoan citizenship. (ncsasports.org, 26 Jan 2015)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In May 2018 he was nominated as one of five council members for the Samoan National Athletes Committee. (LinkedIn profile, 31 May 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Freestyle 1:57.72
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Individual Medley 2:06.93
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 400m Individual Medley 4:29.84
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 400m Individual Medley 4:34.60
38 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:07.64 
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 400m Freestyle 4:15.30
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:57.93
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 400m Freestyle 4:29.60
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 800m Freestyle 9:27.45
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:17.20
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Individual Medley 2:00.77
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Individual Medley 2:08.62
37 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 400m Individual Medley 4:32.78 
52 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Breaststroke 2:22.58 
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 400m Freestyle 4:04.74
59 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Individual Medley 58.78 
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Freestyle 1:51.26
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 2:00.09
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 400m Freestyle 4:20.35
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Breaststroke 2:35.71
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 56.38
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 25.28
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Backstroke 1:09.34
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Backstroke 2:27.19
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Freestyle 2:10.19
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Breaststroke 2:41.47
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 50m Backstroke 32.34
90 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Breaststroke 1:16.49 
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 50m Breaststroke 35.34
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Individual Medley 1:10.04
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Freestyle 59.94
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 50m Freestyle 27.38
Oceania Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2016 Suva, FIJ 5km 1:10:33.30
  2014 Lake Taupo, NZL 5 km  DNF