Jan. 25, 2005
Brendon Dedekind knew coming to the states from South Africa would be challenging, but he was ready to pursue his dreams of contributing to a university for four years and hopefully train for the 2000 Olympics. After some intense work both mentally and physically, Brendon was able to make and immediate impact for the garnet and gold in his freshman season.
At the ACC Championship, Brendon won the 50- and 100-meter free and was on the record-setting 200-meter free relay team. He went on to be named the ACC Rookie of the Year and qualified for the NCAAs in Texas. He was just getting started. When he realized he might have a shot at the 1996 Olympics, he returned home and qualified for a spot on the South African Olympic Team. At the Olympics, Dedekind surprised his country and fellow swimmers as he qualified for the finals of the 50-meter free and finished fifth.
The next season, Dedekind made it to the NCAA Championships. He qualified for the 50- and 100-meter free and the 100-meter breast and made it his goal not only to make the finals, but also to win the event that night. Dedekind became the first swimmer in FSU history to garner All-America honors in three events in the same year with his top five finishes in three events. He also swam the fastest heat of the 50-meter free in NCAA history. The next season, the South African became only the second swimmer in FSU history to win an individual title taking first in the 50-meter free. In his senior year, Dedekind took another NCAA title but this time in the 100-meter breaststroke.
Brendon’s international accolades include gold medalist at the Goodwill Games, Pan Pacific Swimming Championship and seventh All-Africa Games. He also won many silver and bronze medals at the international meets. He completed his FSU career as the only Seminole to reach the finals of three individual events at one NCAA competition and the only FSU swimmer to ever finish in the top 10 individual scorers. The 21-time All-American completed his degree in engineering from FSU in 1999 while maintaining a dean’s list status.