2019 Beaufort River Swim a family affair

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Siblings win men’s, women’s overall titles

Sixteen-year-old Cohen Bruner of Hilton Head Island beat runner-up Kenny Geist by 4.46 seconds Saturday morning to win the annual Beaufort River Swim.

But in the future, it could be it isn’t Geist that Bruner has to watch out for. 

It’s Cohen’s younger sister.

Skyler Bruner, 14, was only 8 seconds or so behind in the 3.2-mile race. Fast enough at 47:29 to win the overall women’s title.

“I’ll catch him next year,” Skyler Bruner said.

Cohen Bruner’s time was 47:21. Cohen and Skyler’s father, Carlton Bruner, swam for the United States in the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.

According to Betsy Hinderliter, the director of marketing and development for the Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry, there were 147 swimmers entered in the 3.2-mile race and a record-high 28 in the fun swim.

And most importantly, the YMCA raised more than $15,000 for the Y Learn To Swim program.

For complete results, visit https://tinyurl.com/y4bnz3rj.

Above: Cohen Bruner, 16, left, and his 14-year-old sister Skyler, both from Hilton Head Island, took top honors during the annual Beaufort River Swim. Cohen was the top overall male finisher with a time of 47:21. Skyler was the overall female winner with time of 47:29, just 8 seconds behind her brother. “I’ll catch him next year” she said.

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