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Tony Stewart, President of The Tony Stewart Foundation, left, sits with his German shepherd Max, a goldendoodle named Monty who is the Team One Cure ambassador, Verizon IndyCar Series Driver Jay Howard and his 1-year old son Hudson.

Columbus native takes fifth in 1,500 freestyle

INDIANAPOLIS — Michael Brinegar finished fifth in the 1,500-meter freestyle Saturday in the USA Swimming Arena Pro Swim Series event at IUPUI’s Indiana University Natatorium.

Brinegar’s time of 15 minutes, 25.70 seconds is the third-fastest time in the world this season for 18-and-under swimmers and the 20th-fastest overall this season.

Also Saturday, Brinegar finished 17th in the 200 butterfly in 2:06.87. Friday, he took 10th in the 400 individual medley in 4:30.18 and 29th in the 200 freestyle in 1:54.30.

On Thursday, Brinegar finished10th in the 400 freestyle in 3:54.56, the fourth-fastest 18-and-under time in the world this season. He also swam a personal-best 54.85 in the 100 freestyle.

The Columbus native is a junior at Tesoro High School in Mission Viejo, California, and trains with the Mission Viejo Nadadores club team. During his spring break, he plans to attend the USA Swimming Open Water National Team camp April 2-8 in Miramar Lakes, Florida.

Stewart Foundation names driver for Indy 500

The Tony Stewart Foundation and Team One Cure have announced Jay Howard as its driver for the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry in this year’s Indy 500.

Howard began racing go-karts at age 7 and won the 2005 U.S. Formula Ford Zetec Championship and Rookie of the Year award in his first year racing in the U.S. He won the Infiniti Pro Series championship in 2006, while driving for Schmidt.

Howard qualified for his first Indy 500 in 2011.