Bruner and Tiger Sharks shine at state meet

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Addison Bruner went with the Troy Tiger Sharks to Opelika for the State swim meet this weekend and brought home three championships.

“I am proud of her,” said head coach Nicklaus Chrysson. “She is one of the athletes that is determined and she is willing to work for what she wants. She truly does push herself during each practice. She loves it and would live in the water if she could.”

Bruner raced in three events over the weekend. In the 50-meter freestyle, 50-meter breaststroke and the 100-meter freestyle, Bruner not only won her heat, but posted the best overall time in each one of her races.

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Chrysson said Bruner also pushes the other swimmers to succeed.

“If I put her in a line with some of the other kids, she is going to pass them but it’s going to push them to go faster,” Chrysson said. 

The Tiger Sharks brought a total of 24 swimmers and all of them improved their time when it mattered most.

Each individual improved their time, including the 8U swimmers.

“Their nerves were up and they were anxious to get into the water, but they were excited and ready to swim,” said Elizabeth McKenzie, assistant coach.

This summer was full of ups and downs for the Tiger Sharks. They had rainouts and they had success, but they always had fun.

“This summer has been a roller coaster,” Chrysson said. “We had our ups with going to state and with how many kids we had this year; about 50 which has been our biggest group. We have also had our downs such as both of our home meets being rained out. I was so proud and happy to be their coach this year and I am looking forward to being their coach next year.”

Members of the state swim team were Hunter Ross, Josephine Dawson, Bea Swindle, Andrew Dixon, Nickolas Peerson, Kirill Kobelev, Addison Bruner, Ellis Averett, Kensley Anderson, Landon Campbell, Bryan Campbell, Nicholas Slobodchikoff, Bryce Tatum, Jake Rodgers, Dallas Daughtry, Fabian Prieto, Cait Ryan, Alex Cordie, Kevin Wang, Isaac Cordie, Sawyer Gross, Kendall Savoie an Nicholaus Simmons.