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Former Mitchell swimmers paving way for club kids

Mitchell Baye, Trina Young, Andee Budahl and McKenzie Shroyer may have been on different sides at the Summit League Swimming and Diving Championships last weekend in Indianapolis, Ind., but the swimmers made sure they cheered each other on with pride.

Baye and Shroyer swim for the University of South Dakota, while Budahl and Young compete for rival South Dakota State University. But despite their collegiate differences, all four swimmers began at the Mitchell Aquatic Club.

“I am really good friends with McKenzie and Andee and I keep in touch with Mitchell,” Young said. “It is good to see Mitchell have four swimmers who can swim together at the Division I level, and it is great

for the aquatic club. Even though Mitchell and McKenzie go to our rival school, we still root for each other and cheer each other each time we swim.”

Young finished the weekend with a third-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly and an 11th-place finish in the 100 butterfly. Budahl, a senior, finished second in the 200 butterfly, third in the 400IM and fifth in the 500 freestyle. Budahl and Young helped the Jackrabbit women to a second-place finish overall, while Baye and the USD men finished fifth and Shroyer’s USD women took fourth.

Baye finished 16th in the 100 and 200 backstroke, while Shroyer competed in the 500 freestyle and 100 and 200 butterfly.

“We had four swimmers there and it seemed like they all had a great meet and really good performances,” MAC swimming coach Kyle Margheim said. “Andee is a senior and I felt like she stepped up and had a great meet and can be really proud of what she accomplished.”

Margheim added the swimmers’ performances are a great inspiration for current MAC competitors.

“It is really valuable to have some great ambassadors out there representing MAC,” Margheim said. “I have a big sophomore group and I know a lot of them have sights on swimming in college. They can really learn a lot from the group of swimmers that have gone on to college to compete.”

Two other former MAC swimmers, Reva and Rhennetta Bork, also compete at the Division I level. The sisters swim for the University of Northern Iowa and participated in the Missouri Valley Conference Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 15. Reva finished 13th in the 1,650 freestyle, 18th in the 500 freestyle and 17th in the 400IM. Rhennetta finished 19th in the 200 backstroke and 23rd in the 100 backstroke.

Margheim said the college swimmers come to practice to watch and help younger swimmers when they have breaks from school.