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Experienced swimmers guide MAC to fourth-place finish

The Mitchell Aquatic Club competed in the long course state championship meet over the weekend.

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SIOUX FALLS -- The Mitchell Aquatic Club relied on its older swimmers over the weekend at the long course state championship meet.

Led by Cailey Scott, whose 111 points topped the 17-to-19 year-old girls division, MAC swam to a fourth-place finish as Sioux Falls won the meet. It had six other boys finish as top-five point getters, too.

Ethan Huber (103), Caleb Swanson (98) and Jakob Studer (89) finished second through fifth, respectively, among 17-to-19 year-old swimmers. Meanwhile, Ethan Plamp (102) finished second in the 9-10 year-old boys division, with Owen Raml (87) placing fifth and Kip Wede (96) taking third in the boys 8-and-under division.

Scott finished the weekend claiming three state titles -- 1,500-meter freestyle (18 minutes, 48.38 seconds), 200 fly (2:35.18) and 800 free (9:57.06). She also took second in four other races. The 18-year-old finished runner-up in the 100 fly, 100 back, 200 back and 400 free.

Scott was MAC’s only female state winner, though Sophia Huber took second in two 11-12 year-old events -- 50 and 100 breast. Individually, Brynn Palmer placed third in the 400 individual medley in the girls 17-19 year-old division, and Abigail Warmbrand took third in the 100 fly among 11-12 year-old swimmers.

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The 13-14 year-old 400 medley relay and 400 free relay teams placed second, too.

The boys notched eight state titles, including Wede winning the boys 8-and-under 50 breast in 54.02 seconds. He also placed second in the 100 breast and third in both the 50 back and 200 free. In the boys 9-10 division, Plamp won the 200 IM (3:08.58), then placed second in the 100 back and 100 breast, and third in the 50 breast.

Swanson -- 200 fly (2:17.28) and 200 IM (2:20.64) -- and Ethan Huber -- 100 back (1:03.63) and 200 back (2:18.62) -- both claimed individual state titles in the boys 17-19 year-old division, too.

They also teamed up with Jay Paulson and Jakob Studer, who finished second in the 200 back and third in the 200 IM, to win the boys 15-and-over 400 medley relay (4:15.46). The boys 11-12 200 medley team placed first in 2 minutes, 28.60 seconds, too.

Swanson also notched a second-place finish in the 400 IM, while taking third in the 100 fly and 400 free. Huber placed second in the 200 breast and 100 breast, which Swanson placed third in. Also in the 17-19 division, Paulson finished second in the 100 free.

In the boys 9-10 year-old group, Raml found success. He placed second in the 100 and 200 free, then placed third in the 50 free. He took second in the 50 and 100 fly, too, which Plamp took third in both. Kane Grajkowske finished third in the 100 fly among 11-12 year-old swimmers.

MAC’s relays also notched a second-place finish in the 200 free, 200 medley and 400 free among 15-and-over teams, while its 9-10 year-old team took second in the 200 medley and third in the 200 free relay.

MAC competes in the Central Zones championship on Thursday in Fargo, North Dakota.

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