Breaststroker Anna Brauer Commits to Niagara

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Anna Brauer from Harrisonville, Missouri has announced her commitment to swim and study at Niagara University beginning in the 2022-2023 school year. 

“I am overwhelmingly excited and proud to announce my verbal commitment to continue my athletic and academic career at Niagara University!!  I would like to thank my coaches, friends, family, and team for supporting me along the way.  Can’t wait to see what’s next as a purple eagle!

Brauer swims for COOL Swim Team out of Overland Park, Kansas. She also is an athlete representative for the Missouri Valley USA Swimming LSC.  Over the summer, Brauer earned a best time in the long course 200 breaststroke at the Missouri Valley Championships as she swam a time of 2:57.39. Summer of 2021 was also the first summer she broke 3:00 in the 200 breaststroke as her previous best time was a 3:04.61 from 2019.

She continued her success in the 200 breaststroke into the fall short course season as she earned a best time in the event SCY in October 2021. She swam to a time of 2:33.29 at the South Dakota Riptide Arena Open.

Brauer is in her senior year at Harrisonville High School in Harrisonville, MO. 

Her best short course yards times are:

  • 100 breaststroke: 1:11.04
  • 200 breaststroke: 2:33.29

Niagara University is a private university located in Lewiston, New York. The team is a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). Head coach Eric Bugby is in his second season with the team.

The MAAC did not host an official conference championship in 2021 due to COVID-19. The team finished seventh out of ten teams at the 2020 MAAC Championships. It took times of 1:08.22 in the 100 and 2:29.18 in the 200 breaststrokes to earn a second swim. 

Her best time in the 200 breaststroke would place her at fourth on the roster and sixth on the roster in the 100 breaststroke for the Purple Eagles this season. 

The Purple Eagles are a program that has made great strides recently. This season, the men’s and women’s programs earned a total of 19 new school records at the Zippy Invitational in November 2021.

Brauer will arrive on campus next fall as a member of the class of 2026 along with Avery King, Ania Bodyl, Chloe Vlaeminck, Madelyn Hudson, Anessa Hanson, and Rachel Gardner.

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Anya has been with SwimSwam since June 2021 as both a writer and social media coordinator. She was in attendance at the 2022 Women's NCAA Championships writing and doing social media for SwimSwam. Currently, Anya is pursuing her B.A. in Government & Law and Economics at Lafayette College. There she is …

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