Braun hits wall in career with Lancers

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When Hannah Braun left the pools of the Central Valley Conference in 2008, she was a force to be reckoned with. But it was only a stepping stone to bigger and better things. Since joining the ranks of the California Baptist University Lancers, Braun has found success as the college level and on the national stage. In addition to top individual finishes in the NAIA National Championships, Braun was part of an 800-yard relay team that captured a national record in the event in 2011. She’s recently put the cap on her college career as a team co-captain with strong finishes in February’s Pacific Coast Swim Conference Championship. “I’m going to miss it, I was feeling a bit burned out, but then I realized that I would never be doing it again. I’ve always loved swimming and loved being in the pool,” Braun, 21, said. Braun, a kinesiology and exercise science major, will graduate from CBU later this year, but the days of transitioning from high school to college swimming remain fresh. “My last memory was being a senior on the McNary team and a captain. Going from that into a different school and a different state and being a freshman caused me to be very humble,” she said. Nonetheless she knew from the outset that she wanted to be a leader...

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