Fossum setting many swimming records for MAC
Mitchell Aquatic Club swimmer Christian Fossum is making a mark on the team's record books.
The 14-year-old swam in seven events over the weekend at a competition in Sioux Falls and broke five team records in the process.
"It was not surprising because he works really hard and he earned his times," MAC coach Kyle Margheim said.
Fossum broke team records for 13- and 14-year-old boys in the 200-meter freestyle, 200-backstroke, 200-butterfly, 100-butterfly and 400-individual medley. His time of 5 minutes and 17.75 seconds in the 400-medley is a MAC boys' record for any age level.
"I knew it was a great swim and with him being so young, it's really exciting," Margheim said.
Fossum is preparing to enter his freshman year of high school in the fall and Margheim said he can't wait to see what Fossum can do in the next four years.
Margheim said that Fossum has excelled in the butterfly, but has continued to work on all aspects of his swimming.
Fossum won the 100- and 200-butterfly state championships over the winter.
"Those are some grueling events and he has stepped up in them," Margheim said.
"But with so many years (of swimming) left, he could step up in different strokes. We focus on all different aspects and he broke team records in the backstroke and freestyle, so he is capable of doing well in every stroke."
Margheim said Fossum's time in the 100-butterfly of 1:05.3 is about two seconds off the state record.
Another MAC swimmer to reach the top of the podium over the weekend was Ethan Huber.
Huber won the 11-12 boys' 100-backstroke and finished second in the 50-backstroke.
Huber is an 11-year-old who just starting competing in his age group.
"He wasn't the fastest going into the meet," Margheim said, "but he had a great race and is really stepping up into that age group."
Ten other MAC swimmers competed over the weekend in Sioux Falls with two other Mitchell kids placing in the top four.
Elizabeth Fossum placed second in the 100-butterfly in the 9-10 girls' division and Cailey Scott finished fourth in the 11-12 girls' group.
"Friday was a really hot day to be outside all day and the team performed really well," Margheim said. "Then they came back and had big time cuts in time the next couple of days. It was a good feeling seeing them cut times and do well."
Lauren Scott and Olivia Huber both had a fifth-place finish in the 8 and under girls' division. Scott took fifth in the 200-freestyle while Huber had her best finish in the 50-breaststroke.
The MAC swimmers next meet is this weekend in Brookings. Margheim said he expects 12 Mitchell swimmers to compete in the event.