January 10, 2018
This week, Georgia Swimming lost an incredible person and athlete, 17-year-old Jimmy Bried. Some of you may recall Jimmy’s determination to return to the pool after learning he had a medical condition during long course Senior State in 2016. For the past year-and-a-half, Jimmy had undergone surgeries, and adjusted to new training regimens and overall lifestyle. Through it all, he remained optimistic and continued to spread his love for the sport on deck as a coach. Jimmy’s presence will be missed and his memories will be treasured.
Words from Athlete-At-Large, Jonathan Shaheen (CCAC):
“Jimmy, in my opinion, was everything that was great about swimming. He was always positive, always making jokes, and always working to make sure others were having a good time. Even throughout his issues with his heart he was always counting down the days til he could start swimming again, and his love for the sport never wavered. All you have to do to see the impact he has had on the people around him is to look at his last instagram post and see all of the wonderful memories people had with Jimmy.”
There will be a service for Jimmy at 4pm on Thursday, January 11 at Pinetree Country Club, 3400 McCollum Pkwy NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144.
In lieu of any flowers, the fmaily has asked for donations to be made to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta or to team “A Heart for Josiah” (you can find it by searching for Lacy Barfield) for this year’s Congenital Heart Walk.