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PLEASANT PRAIRE, Wis. -- The Mitchell Aquatic Club's Tevyn Waddell broke five team records and tied a South Dakota state record at the Speedo Sectionals Meet in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., over the weekend.

Waddell, 13, competed in five events, and Isaac Smith, 16, competed in four events.

The meet consists of the fastest swimmers from Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and South Dakota. Swimmers don't compete in age groups, and swimmers vary from 12 to 38 years old.

Waddell placed in the top 20 twice. She finished 19th in the 200 freestyle and tied a South Dakota state record for 13-14-year old girls in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:27.62, which was good for 16th.

"I was really impressed with her placing in the top 20," MAC coach Kyle Margheim said. "She performed beyond my expectations, (and) I'm excited to see where she goes from here."

Smith set team records in all four of his events and finished 37th overall in the 100 backstroke for his best performance.

Margheim said he was incredibly surprised at the two swimmers' performances because they had both competed hard at the state tournament the weekend before.

"Sometimes, it's hard to have two good weekends in a row," he said. "It takes a toll on a swimmer. To come in and swim at that level again, I was just really proud of them."

The MAC swimmers are done competing for the winter season, and Margheim said the team will take a break until early May before practicing again. Competition for the summer season begins in June for the swimmers.