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UTSA jumper warms up for NCAA Championship by saving a life

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by Greg Johnson, NCAA.org

DES MOINES, Iowa — Sunday was a typical day at work as a pool attendant for UTSA long jumper Tyler Williamson.

Families were around the private pool enjoying the evening, and Williamson’s mind was on the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships, where he is scheduled to compete Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. (Central) in Des Moines, Iowa.

That all changed when one of the parents asked Williamson if he’d seen her 3-year-old son, Jaden Muhlenbruch. Williamson checked the restroom, and when he came out he heard frantic screams to call 911.

Unbeknown to anyone, Jaden had fallen into the pool and had sunk down the side to the bottom of the water. The toddler had just been retrieved from the water when Williamson, a former life guard, asked everyone to back away so he could immediately begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

“When I saw the little boy, he was unconscious, not breathing, and he was blue,” Williamson said. “I did three or four rounds of compressions, and he started coughing up fluid from his lungs.”

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