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MAC getting exposure by competing in national meets

In the Mitchell Aquatic Club’s final meet of the season, Tevyn Waddell gave everything she had.

The 15-year-old Mitchell High School student won four events at the Speedo Championship Meet over the weekend in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. The four titles wer the most of any female swimmer at the meet, which hosted 72 teams from Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana and South Dakota.

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“I think this weekend highlights all the hard work she’s done all season,” four-year MAC coach Kyle Margheim said Tuesday. “She started swimming right after Labor Day and it’s been a lot of months of hard work. She definitely exceeded my expectations and I think her own as well.”

Waddell won the 200-yard freestyle, breaking a meet record that was set in 1989. Her time was 1 minute, 50.71 seconds. She also won the 500 freestyle, 1,000 freestyle and 100 backstroke and took third in the 100 butterfly and 200 back. Waddell was fifth in the 100 freestyle and 15th in the 50 freestyle.

She broke South Dakota state records for the girls’ 15-16 age group in the 100 free, 200 free, 500 free, 1,000 free and 200 backstroke.

“She wasn’t ranked first in anything going into the meet,” Margheim said. “We knew there were going to be some competitive races and that’s what she likes.”

MAC had four other swimmers compete at the meet, including Christian Fossum, Cailey Scott, Karlie Brown and Karlie Tiede.

Fossum competed in three events, finishing 10th in the men’s 200 butterfly (2:00.21), 15th in the 100 butterfly (53.43) and 29th in the 200 IM (2:02.92). He recorded personal best times in all three events.

MAC competed in two girls’ relays, taking 28th in the 400 medley and 26 in the 400 freestyle. The team consisted of Scott, Brown, Tiede and Waddell.

“To get experience for them was really good,” Margheim said. “It opened their eyes to what was out there outside of South Dakota swimming.”

MAC took 17th in the meet and was second of the South Dakota teams, finishing three points behind Aberdeen. In most meets, swimmers compete in age groups, but at the Speedo Championship Meet, events were open so all ages raced together.

“It definitely gives our program a little more exposure,” Margheim said of competing in large meets outside of the state.

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.