Rummel Swimmer Thomas Vanderbrook Earns Amateur Athlete of the Month Honor for November park
Thomas Vanderbrook, the star swimmer from Archbishop Rummel, has been selected as the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month for November. Monthly award-winners are chosen in voting by the Greater New Orleans Sports Award Selection Committee, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Vanderbook capped off a brilliant career by setting a state record and earning the honor of Outstanding Boys Swimmer in the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Division I state championships at Sulphur on November 19. Vanderbook won the 200-meter individual medley in a time of 1 minute, 50.80 seconds, narrowly missing his own state record. He then became a double winner when he won the 100-meter backstroke, breaking a 22-year-old-record in an astonishing time of 50.06 seconds.
"There were a lot of great guys here and a lot of training going on by all of us," Vanderbook told The Advocate. "My tempo in the backstroke for most of the season has been very slow but today I picked it up. I'm happy with the way this ended for my senior year."
Vanderbrook, who went through the season undefeated, recently signed a letter-of-intent to swim for Indiana University, one of the top programs in the United States. He also earned Outstanding Swimmer honors at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Metro Swimming Championships in October.
The Rummel star captured the honor despite strong competition from athletes in multiple sports, including cross country, football and volleyball.
Tulane cross country star Emmanuel Rotich captured the individual championship at the 2016 NCAA South Central Cross Country Regional Championship as he posted a school record time of 29:58.9 on the 10-kilometer course. High school football stars Aldon Clark (Edna Karr) and Keytaon Thompson (Landry-Walker) both led their teams to 4-0 Novembers and semifinal slots in the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Football Championships – Clark completed 41-of-50 (82%) of his passes for 1,092 yards and 12 touchdowns while also rushing for five more scores; and Thompson completed 62-of-91 (68%) of his passes for 1,131 yards and 13 touchdowns while also rushing for seven scores. High school sophomore Ellie Holzman led Mount Carmel Academy to the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Division I Volleyball Championship, capping the tournament by recording 26 kills, 12 blocks and 26 digs in a thrilling five-set victory over St. Joseph's as she was named the MVP of the state championship match. Also from the volleyball world, Xavier University star Juliana Tomasoni followed up being named the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year, by earning GCAC Tournament MVP honors after leading Xavier to a five-set victory against Talladega in the championship match.
The Greater New Orleans Sports Selection Committee has been selecting an Amateur Athlete of the Month each month since 1957. The athlete must be a native of the greater New Orleans area or must compete for a team in the metropolitan region in order to be eligible. Each of the monthly award winners will be honored in the summer at the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.