JERSEY CITY, N.J.,— Drew Brads of Xenia set a new world record average time for solving the Rubik’s Pyraminx puzzle at the Rubik’s U.S. Nationals Competition Friday in Jersey City. Brads, 14, solved the Pyraminx with an average time of 2.90 seconds in the first round of competition. The previous record was 2.96 seconds.
Brads is also the Pyraminx World Champion and North American Record holder for average and single-solve (one side) on the Pyraminx, with a time of 1.71 seconds, a record he has held since 2012.
During the second round of the Rubiks’ Cube 3x3 (traditional cube) event, Brads set a North American record for a single-solve with a time of 5.97 seconds.
Brads added U.S. National Champion in the Pyraminx event to the World Champion Pyraminx title he won last year at the Rubik’s Cube World Championships in Las Vegas. He bested the field of Pyraminx competitors with a 3.07 average solve time in the final round. In addition, he placed third in the Skewb puzzle event with an average solve time of 5.49 seconds and placed 13th in the 3x3 Rubik’s cube finals. He scored a personal-best average during the second round of the 3x3 Rubik’s cube finals, with an average solving time of 8.79 seconds.
“It feels great to have accomplished so many of my goals in one competition,” Brads said. “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 was a huge unexpected bonus. I also finished strong with a 3.07 average to win the Pyraminx event.”
He was at the U.S. Nationals thanks to a partnership with kids’ video review website KidzVuz.com, a safe, fully-moderated, bully-free site for kids 7-14. Because Brads used the internet with parental supervision to first begin learning how to solve the Rubik’s cube, he says the value of a site like KidVuz is immeasurable for kids pursuing their passions online.
“I would have loved to have had access to a safe site like KidzVuz when I was starting to learn cubing at age nine,” Brads said.
Brads will be cubing in person at the Dayton Metro Library summer Party in the Park 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 outside the Main Library in Cooper Park.