Brett Scheib was a four-time WPIAL qualifier and three-time state qualifier for the Hampton swimming program. Though he admits choosing a college was a tough decision, the transition has been smooth.
Scheib, a 2018 graduate, established himself as one of the top young freestyle swimmers in the Ohio Athletic Conference as a freshman for Mount Union, earning all-conference honors with third-place finishes in the 500- and 1,650-yard freestyle at the OAC championships.
“I wasn’t expecting to go in there. … I knew I would do pretty well, but I wasn’t expecting to do that well,” he said. “I had a pretty good high school senior year. It was pretty much where I thought I could be. But I got to college, and it was a whole different story.”
The story started with a decision to choose Mount Union over other Division III schools such as Westminster, Allegheny and Wooster.
“It was a tough decision,” he said. “It really came down to financial aid and the feeling I got from the coaches there. I was just blown away. It was everything I could ask for in a college, and after my first year, I don’t regret it at all.”
He particularly was impressed with coach Eric Mojock’s technical approach to the sport, as well as Mount Union’s biochemistry program. The rising sophomore hopes to get lab experience and earn an internship after this year.
“He was very prepared and interested in all the recruits,” Scheib said of Mojock. “He had charts depicting where they would fall in from where they were in high school, training … just really prepared and organized. He seemed like a really good technical coach and the kind I would do really well under.”
That feeling proved to be true. Scheib’s performance in the freestyle categories helped Mount Union secure third in the conference.
In addition to All-OAC honors, he took sixth in the 200 freestyle and a was member of the 800 freestyle relay that placed third, something he attributes to the structure of the program allowing him to focus on his strengths.
“The lifting and training they have for distance were just fantastic,” he said. “I think being able to train with other distance swimmers, have our own lanes and specialized practices and the training trip over Christmas break. It really helped me have a breakout year. It’s more than I could have asked. I surpassed every one of my goals I set for myself at the beginning. It was a complete surprise, and I’m hoping I can repeat that success next year.”
While Scheib was doing his thing over the winter, his younger brother, Drew, was having a breakout year for Hampton. As a junior, he made states in the 200 freestyle and 100 fly. The two train together in the summer.
“I was so blown away with the success he had,” Brett Scheib said. “Kids don’t always get along together, especially siblings. In high school we started to get a stronger bond. Now that I went off to college, when we do see each other, we’re so much closer than we’ve ever been before.”
Brett Scheib also enjoys their competition, even if his high school years are in the past.
“I think that competition we had my senior year as he started to get better, and now we can train together … I think that level of competition is good. We’re able to really push each other because we really want to beat each other.”