Charles F. Barnes
Charles F. Barnes
Team: Swimming & Diving

Charles F. Barnes ’99
Swimming & Diving
Year Inducted: 2006

One of the most accomplished male swimmers at Brown in the last 50 years, Barnes holds the school record in five different events, including the 100 and 200 backstrokes. Barnes earned First Team All-Ivy honors seven times throughout his career and won the Phil Moriarty Award as the top swimmer at the EISL Championships for three straight years.

He was also named the Ivy League’s most valuable swimmer for three straight years and was recognized as a Top 100 Athlete of the century at Brown. Barnes finished 18th in the 200 yard backstroke at the NCAA Championships in 1999, the highest finish by a male swimmer at Brown since 1984.

Barnes was named the team’s MVP all four of his years at Brown and served as captain his senior year in 1999. He is just the second Brown swimmer to earn the Phil Moriarty Award at the Eastern Championships and holds the most Eastern Championship Titles in Brown history, racking up seven throughout his career.

After earning his degree in Business Economics from Brown, Barnes spent 15 months training for the Olympic Trials and qualified in the 100 back, 200 back, 100 fly and 200 free. After finishing his swimming career, Barnes competed in triathlons and placed 37th in the world's largest in Chicago.

Barnes spent the next few years working as an accountant, an assistant asset manager, and a mortgage broker. He began working for a mortgage company as a loan processor and in a matter of one year, was promoted to Assistant Controller.

A few years ago, Barnes made the move over to real estate and after getting his license in real estate, he began working for a small company in Easton, MA, which was eventually bought out by Coldwell Banker. Barnes has now been a nationwide Real Estate Agent for two years.

In his spare time, Barnes has competed in several poker tournaments, including small World poker tour events at Foxwoods Casino, his highest place being seventh.