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Posted: 9:48 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014

Xenia teen wins Rubik's cube U.S. championship


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Photo by Aaron James

Drew Brads, 14, of Xenia, is a Rubik's cube phenom who set a world record, North American record and won a U.S. championship during the 2014 Rubik's Cube U.S. Nationals Aug. 1-3 in Jersey City, N.J.

By Breaking News Staff

A 14-year-old from Xenia set two records this weekend and won the U.S. National Championship at the Rubik's Cube U.S. Nationals in Jersey City, N.J.

Drew Brads on Friday set a world record average time for solving the Rubik's Pyraminx puzzle -- with an average time of 2.90 seconds, beating the record of 2.96 seconds, according to a news release. He is the new U.S. National Champion in the Pyraminx event.

On Sunday, Brads set a North American record of 5.97 seconds for solving one side of the 3x3 cube.

He also placed third in the Skewb puzzle event with an average solve time of 5.49 seconds and he placed 13th in the 3x3 Rubik's cube finals. He scored a personal best average, with an average solving time of 8.79 seconds.

"It feels great to have accomplished so many of my goals in one competition," Brads stated in the release. "I was very happy to make it to the final round of the 3x3 competition with an 8.79 second average, and the 5.97 single-solve (North American Record) was a huge unexpected bonus. I also finished strong with a 3.07 average to win the Pyraminx event."

Rubik's Cube is a 3-D combination puzzle invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik.

Brads will appear from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Dayton Metro Library summer Party in the Park outside the Main Library in Cooper Park.

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