Waddell, Fossum combine for 13 titles at state meet
Tevyn Waddell and Christian Fossum combined to take home 13 state titles and set six state meet records at the 2014 South Dakota Long Course State Championship Swim Meet over the weekend at the Mitchell Aquatic Center.
"Overall I thought we swam really well as a team and the younger kids really stepped up," Mitchell Aquatic Club coach Kyle Margheim said. "We had a lot of time drops and it was exciting to see the kids swim the way they did."
The Mitchell Aquatic Club finished sixth in the overall team standings with 1,297 points. Aberdeen won the team title with 3,516 points and the Sioux Falls Snowfox placed second with 3,194.
Waddell won all seven events she competed in for the Mitchell Aquatic Club at the meet. After taking two events Friday, Waddell came back Saturday with three more wins. She placed first in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 1 minute, 4.38 seconds. Waddell won the 200-meter backstroke in a time of 2:22.82 and the 400-meter freestyle in 4:37.48. All three Saturday wins were in state-meet record times for Waddell.
"Tevyn always steps up for these big meets," Margheim said. "She was in some tough races this weekend and really pulled it out."
Sunday, Waddell added a win in the 100-meter backstroke with a state-meet record time of 1:06.33, before closing out her weekend with time of 9:40.22 for first place in the 800-meter freestyle.
Waddell earned the most points for any girl in the 15- and 16-year-old division with 119 points. She will compete next at the zone regional meet starting Friday in Minneapolis.
Fossum, placed first in six of the seven events he participated in, while finishing second in the other.
Competing in the boys 15- and 16-year-old division, Fossum followed up his first and second-place finishes in his two events Friday with five more state titles over the weekend.
Saturday, Fossum won the boys 400-meter individual medley in a time of 5:04.78, the 100-meter butterfly in 1:02.06 and the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 4:29.15.
On the final day of competition Sunday, Fossum added a state-meet record time of 2:19.28 in the 200-meter butterfly and a win in the 800-meter freestyle with a time of 9:23.68.
"Christian swam some tough races and he got his first state record this weekend and that was exciting for him," Margheim said. "He wanted to be in the races that would challenge him the most and he stepped up and swam really well."
Cailey Scott also took home a pair of titles over the weekend. She won the 200-meter backstroke event Saturday in a time of 2:42.46 and placed first in the 800-meter freestyle with a time of 10:02.56 Sunday. Scott took the third most points of any girl in the 13- and 14-year-old division. Scott will next compete in the zone regional meet starting Friday in Oklahoma City, Okla.
"Her (Scott) 800 race at the end was really neck-and-neck," Margheim said. "Going in and out of every turn with somebody right with you gets really tough, but she mentally raced really tough all weekend."
Margheim said the overall experience of hosting the state meet in Mitchell was positive and he hopes to bring the event back to town in the future.
"We had a lot of compliments on the hosting of the meet," Margheim said. "I think it was an advantage for our kids to swim at home. It was really special for the kids."
The Mitchell Aquatic Club had 32 swimmers at the state meet, which is the most for the team since 2011. The team sent 25 swimmers in 2013.