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VOTE HERE: Bruckner vies for World Ocean Swimming's 'Man of Year'

From Ocean City to American Samoa, Bruckner Chase is preaching the gospel of ocean awareness
Bruckner Chase, right, with HTC Fuiava of Aunu'u, American Samoa. Photo: Jeanne Donohue

As a 9-year-old boy, Bruckner Chase came close to drowning.

“Someone pulled a kickboard out from under me and I went straight to the bottom of the pool,” the Bay Avenue resident recalls.

Chase was rescued and now, at 45, he is one of 12 nominees for World Ocean Water Swimming Association's Man of the Year — for his work in 2011 as an ambassador for ocean awareness. You can vote for Chase before Dec. 31 at openwaterswimming.com.

Over an energy drink and bagel at Yianni's Cafe in the Ocean City Community Cultural Center, Chase, a former marketing executive, spent an hour discussing the route that took him from near-drowned boy, scared of the water, to a man trying to make swimming a career and avocation.



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