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Mitchell Aquatic Club swimmer Maryssa Gehrke competes in the 9- and 10-year-old girls 200-meter freestyle event at the Long Course State Championship Swim Meet Friday at the Mitchell Aquatic Center. (Nick McCutcheon/Republic)

Three MAC swimmers place first

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Mitchell Aquatic Club swimmers took four races on the first day of competition at the South Dakota Long Course State Championship Swim Meet Friday at the Mitchell Aquatic Center.

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Tevyn Waddell won two races and set the state meet and overall state record in the 200-meter freestyle in the girls 15- and 16-year-old division. Waddell finished the 200 freestyle in a time 2 minutes, 8.56 seconds. She also won the 1,500-meter freestyle in a time of 18:47.47.

Christian Fossum won the boys 15- and 16-year-old 200-meter freestyle in a time of 2:04.17, while Cailey Scott took first in the girls 13- and 14-year-old 1,500-meter freestyle in 15:37.90. Fossum also placed second in the 200-meter individual medley.

MAC swimming coach Kyle Margheim said he was pleased with his team's performance on day one.

"Overall, the kids stepped up and performed," Margheim said. "We had a lot of personal-best times."

Hosting the state meet is new for Margheim, who had not seen the event in Mitchell previously in his four years as coach.

"It's a team effort," Margheim said of hosting the event. "All the parents are helping out at some point over the weekend when they can."

Rapid City Racers Swim Club coach Guy Gniotczynski said he is impressed with the job Mitchell has done preparing for the meet.

"I think Mitchell has done a great job hosting the event," Gniotczynski said. "It takes a long time to set something like this up and it hinges on parents stepping up and doing a great job."

The Aberdeen Swim Club sits in first place after the first day with 682 points, while MAC is in sixth place with 227 points.

The meet continues at 9 a.m. today and concludes Sunday at the Mitchell Aquatic Center..

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