Brent Raue is one of just two men in Catholic University swimming history to qualify for three consecutive NCAA championships (1994-96). In 1995, he turned in a record-setting performance to earn All-American honors.
Raue was a three-time first-team All-Capital Athletic Conference performer in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle and helped CUA win the 1994 and 1995 CAC championships. Including the 100 fly (1993) and 200 free (1995), he earned eight first-team All-CAC awards.
The league named Raue 1995 men’s Swimmer of the Year. In 2014, he was one of six Cardinals recognized on the CAC Silver Anniversary Men’s Swimming Team.
Raue (pronounced Rou-ee), who came to Brookland from Silver Spring, Md., was nominated for the Hall of Fame by his coach, the late Tom Calomeris.
“Brent is the fastest swimmer in the history of CUA swimming, and that goes back to 1924,” Calomeris wrote in his 2012 nomination letter. “In the CAC, he dominated the freestyle events for four years.”
The Cardinals also traveled to the University of Notre Dame and captured the 1994 and ’95 Division III National Catholic College Swimming Championships. Raue won the 50 free in 1995, beating swimmers from all three NCAA divisions.
Matt Tallman, Notre Dame’s current men’s swimming and diving head coach, was one of Raue’s teammates on those title-winning teams.
“Brent was a tremendous teammate and a huge part of our team success in the mid-’90s,” Tallman said. “It was a great feeling to finish my leg of our medley relay and know that he was going to be in the water at the end. Knowing that helped give the rest of us the confidence to succeed.”
Raue placed 13th in the 100 free at the 1995 NCAA Division III Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Oxford, Ohio, to become an All-American. His time of 46.54 seconds is still a CUA record. He held the school mark in the 50 free (21.24) from 1996 until 2014.
Raue was also part of the Cardinals’ 1996 record-setting 400 medley relay team. His school-best time in the 100 fly (51.95) has stood since 1993.
“In swimming,” Calomeris wrote, “it is outstanding for records to stand so long.”
Raue and two-time national champion Keats Baugher (1965-67) are the only two CUA swimmers to qualify for three straight NCAA championships, and Raue is only one to do it at the Division III level. In 1994, he qualified in the 50 free. In 1996, it was the 50 and 100 free.
Raue, who graduated in 1996 with a degree in mathematics, is now officially recognized as one of the finest athletes in Cardinal history.
“This is a very well-deserved honor for Brent,” Tallman said, “and I could not be more proud to have a teammate in the CUA Athletics Hall of Fame.”
By Chris McManes (August 2015)