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Swimming north - Athlete with Karnes County roots heads to Indiana to pursue swimming and motorsports engineering
by Joe Baker
Aug 29, 2014 | 595 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Aaron Brysch poses for a photo with granparents Vincent and Annie Brysch of Runge after a recent swim meet.
Contributed photo Aaron Brysch poses for a photo with granparents Vincent and Annie Brysch of Runge after a recent swim meet.
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Aaron Brysch holds a trophy earned by the Brandeis High School swimming team at the State Championship over his head, surrounded by his teammates.
Contributed photo Aaron Brysch holds a trophy earned by the Brandeis High School swimming team at the State Championship over his head, surrounded by his teammates.
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Aaron Brysch stands atop the medial stand at the UIL State Championships after being presented with a gold medal in a swimming event.
Contributed photo Aaron Brysch stands atop the medial stand at the UIL State Championships after being presented with a gold medal in a swimming event.
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SAN ANTONIO – A young athlete with Karnes County ties is on his way to Indiana after receiving a scholarship to be a member of the school’s swimming team.

Aaron Brysch, grandson of Vincent and Annie Brysch of Runge, graduated from Brandeis High School last spring in San Antonio after a stellar high school career in swimming.

His senior year, Brysch earned gold medals at the state 5A championships in the 100 freestyle and also as a member of the 200 freestyle relay team.

He also earned a silver medal as part of the 400 freestyle relay team and a bronze medal in the 50 freestyle, leading the Brandeis boys’ swim team to a 2nd place finish at State.

He was the Brandeis boys’ team MVP for both his junior and senior years in high school and was selected by the San Antonio Express-News as this year’s All Area Male Swimmer of the Year. Brysch also holds a number of the Brandeis and district swim records and has qualified to compete at the national level. He also earned two gold medals at swimming events at regional competition during his junior year.

During an interview with The Karnes Countywide on the evening before traveling to Indiana, Brysch said he is very excited about attending Indiana University – Purdue University – Indianapolis (IUPUI), and not just for the opportunity to compete in swimming at a higher level, but for the opportunity to pursue his major in motorsports engineering, which is another passion he is pursuing thanks to an academic scholarship he received in addition to the swim scholarship.

Brysch grew up in San Antonio and has been swimming since the age of four.

He became involved in summer league swimming which eventually transitioned to year-round swimming competition.

Even with his busy schedule of swimming, Brysch has always been able to make time to visit his grandparents in Karnes County.

“We would always come down and visit with my grandparents,” Brysch said. “Me and my dad, we would go out hunting pretty much every time we came down.”

Ready for the next chapter in his life, Brysch is especially looking forward to learning about motorsports engineering at IUPIU.

“Actually, it is the only program like it in the entire United States, which is why I was so drawn to this school,” Brysch said, explaining that motorsports, in general, is very big in Indiana and especially in Indianapolis.

But he is also looking forward to continuing as a competitor in the swimming pool, as well, although it will be far from home in south Texas.

“I’m bringing my cold weather clothes,” Brysch said.

Brysch is the son of Michael and Gail Brysch of San Antonio. Family members on his mom’s side include Todd and Jaudon Connell of Vidalia, Georgia and Carey and Trish Hall of Richardson, Texas.
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