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February 7, 2013

Brown carries on family tradition

Western swim standout headed to state on Friday.

Russiaville — Through their collective actions and achievement over the passage of time, some families inevitably become synonymous with various facets of life.

For the Andrettis, it’s open-wheel racing. For the Kennedys, it’s politics.

In western Howard County, for the Browns, it’s swimming.

The daughter of an Ivy League swimmer and the sister of a two-time state champion, Western junior Summer Brown is writing her own chapter to an already storied family album.

“Swimming has always just been a part of our family,” Summer said. “I remember a lot of happy times. I just remember being so proud of the fact that I could call Teddy my brother when he won at state. It was awesome that I could tell people that. I’m sure my younger brother [freshman] Glen was proud of that, too. Teddy is an inspiration to me and Glen is the one who trains with me and makes me better. I wouldn’t be where I am without them, or my coaches and teammates, either.”

Summer finished second in the 100-yard freestyle and third in the 200 freestyle in last week’s Noblesville Sectional, making the state cut in both events to advance to the state finals in two events for the third straight year. The state finals begin at 6 p.m. Friday and the top 16 in each event move on to Saturday’s finals. The state meet is at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.

“There was a lot of excitement,” Summer said. “Every year, my goal is to make it to state as well as better my times. I’m proud of myself for being able to make it to state each year. My only hope is that I swim my best every race. That’s really all I can ask of myself.”

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