Kobe's Quote: "Blake is one of our all-time top competitors. He loves to race and loves winning even more. He is coming off his fastest year as a Pirate and we expect his senior season to be his best."
At ECU: Earned all-conference honors in 2008 ... Three-time Conference USA Championship finalist ... Three-year letterman ... Recipient of the 2008 Conference USA Academic Medal ... Ranks among the school's all-time top 10 in the 200 and 500-yard freestyle ... Received his bachelor's degree following the 2009 spring semester ... Chancellor's List student ... Will pursue his MBA during his final year of athletic eligibility.
Prior to ECU: Graduated from Texas Tech High School in Lubbock, Texas ... Swam for Walton Waves Swim Club coached by Yarko Foltyon ... Junior National Qualifier in the 200 and 500-yard freestyle ... Georgia high school state champion and record holder.
Personal: Born April 2, 1988 ... Parents are Deborah and Forrest Briese.
Top Collegiate Times: 200 Free - 1:41.07; 500 Free - 4:32.54