April 13, 2023

UM Swimming Signee Featured as Bryant-Jordan Award Winner

University of Montevallo swimming signee Adele Brandrup was recently featured by the Alabama High School Athletic Association as a Bryant-Jordan Scholarship Program Student Achievement Award winner.

A record-setting swimmer, Brandrup was born with CHARGE syndrome, a complex and rare condition that often causes vision and hearing difficulties, heart defects, struggles with breathing and balance and other wide-ranging issues. The Homewood High School senior was born deaf and essentially has no peripheral vision. She was also born with no semicircular canals, the fluid-filled tubes in the inner ear responsible for balance. She can hear, thanks to a cochlear implant she received as a baby, but communicates through American Sign Language because she can hear sounds but remains unable to distinguish conversation.

Learn more about Brandrup’s inspirational story at ahsaa.com.