March 8, 2012
Robbie Robison was captain of the Albemarle boys' swim team this winter, guiding the Patriots to a seventh consecutive Commonwealth District title.
"We have so many good swimmers on our team," said Robbie of the team's streak of championships. "Every time it's a team effort and we just have a lot of fun."
The senior placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke at districts and fifth in the 100 butterfly. He was also a member of the 400 freestyle relay team that won a gold medal for the second season in a row.
"He's buys into the team philosophy," said fourth-year head coach Jake Shrum. "He's not thinking about his own success he's thinking about the team success first."
"I definitely knew being the lead captain that it was my responsibility to make sure everyone felt comfortable and everyone knew what they were supposed to do and that they were doing the best they could every single race."
At regionals, Robbie finished fourth with the 200 free relay team and seventh in the 100 breaststroke, one place shy of a state championship berth. Still, he was asked to join the ten Patriot qualifiers at the VHSL meet and continue to serve as a team leader.
"As soon as we knew he was seventh," said Shrum. "Everyone was like well, we need to make sure Robbie is there. Robbie has to be there."
"That was definitely a unique experience because I got to focus more on the leadership role," added Robbie. "More on making sure everyone is ready to go."
In addition to be a four-year swimmer, Robbie ran cross country this season and is a member of the marching band and wind ensemble at Albemarle. This past summer he became an Eagle Scout, a seven-year journey that included a final project of 100 community service hours.
"To me it's a huge honor," he said. "It's a lot of hard work basically from when you're in sixth grade until when you graduate. You have to get 21 different merit badges and it lets people know what kind of character person you are."
Next fall, Brian will attend the University of Virginia and plans to major in engineering.
"It's gonna be a lot harder academically, but at the same time a lot more of the kind of subjects I like in math and science and engineering, so I look forward to it."