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Waddell ready to make a splash

Mitchell’s Tevyn Waddell rising out of the pool at the Mitchell Aquatic Club at a practice in January. (Sean Ryan/Republic)

After winning all seven events she competed in at the Corn Palace Invitational in June, Mitchell High School junior Tevyn Waddell is looking to finish just as strong in the 2014 South Dakota Long Course State Championship Swim Meet this weekend in Mitchell.

"I'm hoping to place pretty high in all my events," Waddell said. "I hope to swim right on with my best times."

Waddell will be one out of 448 swimmers from across the state to compete in the state meet which starts at 11 a.m. today and runs through Sunday at the Mitchell Aquatic Center in Hitchcock Park.

Waddell said she is looking forward to help lead the MAC swimming team.

"We should perform really well this weekend," Waddell said. "We have some pretty good swimmers that our ranked pretty high."

Mitchell Aquatic Club swimming coach Kyle Margheim said the Mitchell team will have 32 kids swimming in the state meet this weekend and its looking forward to hosting the event in Mitchell.

"MAC is set-up really well for this meet," Margheim said. "The kids have worked really hard this summer and now it's time to see that hard work pay off."

The meet is being hosted by the South Dakota Local Swim Committee and MAC. Having previously hosted the Corn Palace Invitational June 28-30, Margheim said having the state meet in Mitchell will help all MAC swimmers.

"I think it helps the kids because they are familiar with this pool and they get to sleep in their own beds," said Margheim, who added the meet will be very exciting with all the best swimmers from South Dakota coming to compete.

Waddell agreed with Margheim that hosting the state swim meet in Mitchell will help all the MAC swimmers.

"Just swimming in our home pool will be a huge advantage for us," Waddell said. "We practice in this pool every day so it won't be anything new for us."

Margheim said the state meet will mark the end of the summer swimming season for most of the kids. However, a few swimmers will qualify this weekend for regional swimming meets. The regional meets take place in Oklahoma City, Okla. and Minneapolis, Minn. for the under-14 and 15 and over meets, respectively.

One of those swimmers will be Waddell as she has already qualified for the regional swim meet starting Aug. 1 in Minneapolis. Waddell said she is eager to do well this weekend and then compete at the regional meet.

"I've been practicing really hard and doing other training to prepare," Waddell said.