Bruner finishes second and fourth at state swim meet

Published 9:01 pm Monday, December 9, 2019

Goshen swimmer Addison Bruner advanced to the State Swim Meet in Auburn over the weekend. It marked the third-straight season that Bruner advanced to state.

Bruner qualified in two events, the 100-meter breastroke and the 100-meter butterfly during last month’s sectionals in Mobile.

Bruner swam in the preliminary rounds in each event and qualified for the finals in both disciplines. Bruner finished second in the 100-yard breastroke with a time of one minute and 7.65 seconds and fourth in the butterfly finishing with a time of 1:00.15.

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“I think I did well considering my back injury and how much I had to work for this meet,” Bruner said. “I think I did well and I’m content with how I placed.”

Bruner took on the 100-meter butterfly for the first time heading into sectionals. After qualifying for state a fourth place finish was worth all the hard work.

“I actually think I did well and I’m proud of myself in that event,” Bruner said. “I cut more time at state in that and it’s good that I ranked fourth in my first time racing in it. I’m very proud of myself.”

After suffering an injury in the early stages of the season, Bruner worked daily to be able to advance to the state meet, something she will remember from this season.

“I’m going to absolutely remember how much work it took to get back enough to compete,” Bruner said. “How much adversity I overcame to just make it to this meet.”

Bruner was the lone swimmer for the Goshen Eagles. Her second and fourth place finishes earned Goshen 32 points, good enough for 15th place in the Girls Class 1A-5A Division.

Heading into her senior year with the Goshen, Bruner hopes to see an influx of new swimmers in the pool.

“I would love for more people to join,” Bruner said. “I don’t want the swim team to die off after I leave. I want it to grow. It’s going to take a couple of people to say ‘hey you know what this is new, I’ll try it’. Just to get in and if they like it then they can stick with it and keep training. It multiplies from there by word of mouth.”

Even though the high school state meet has past, Bruner is far from finished in the pool. She will compete at the Southeastern swim meet where she will compete against the best swimmers in the region.