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Fossum ready for the next challenge

Christian Fossum put on a show in front of a hometown crowd, winning six state titles and setting his first state-meet record last weekend at the 2014 South Dakota Long Course State Championship Swim Meet at the Mitchell Aquatic Center.

Fossum, who is going into his junior year at Mitchell High School, has been swimming since he was 7 years old and plans to continue well after his high school days are over.

Fossum said after the upcoming winter season, he hopes to qualify for the USA Junior Nationals, and further down the road, he hopes to swim at the college level. He has yet to receive the desired attention from college coaches and acknowledges he will have to show what he can do in the pool when he gets his chances to get noticed.

"At a few of the camps I've went to, the coaches have said I will have to excel a little more than others, or talk to the coaches first to get noticed since I come from a small town in South Dakota," Fossum said.

Fossum won six of the seven events he competed in at the state meet. Fossum won the 100- and 200-meter butterfly, 200-, 400- and 800-meter freestyle and the 400-meter individual medley. He placed second in the 200-meter individual medley. He competed in the boys 15- and 16-year-old division.

"This performance gets me motivated to have even more success in future years at state meets," Fossum said.

Mitchell Aquatic Club coach Kyle Margheim said Fossum was looking to be challenged in his events at the state meet and choose a schedule that would bring strong competition. Fossum said there were some events that he could have swum in and done well, but choose to enter events were he knew he would be pushed.

"I wanted to do events that I knew would push me and not just do events, that no matter how I perform, I would do well," Fossum said.

Although they compete separately, Fossum acknowledged the push he gets from competing against Tevyn Waddell in practice everyday. Waddell won state titles in all seven of her events at the meet in Mitchell. She competes in the girls 15- and 16-year old division.

Fossum added that his favorite discipline is the butterfly because it comes natural to him.

"It's what I've been good at since I was little," Fossum said.