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Waddell wraps up her time at 'fun' Olympic Trials

OMAHA, Neb. -- In her final race at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, Mitchell's Tevyn Waddell finished 94th in the women's 200-meter backstroke on Friday at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

OMAHA, Neb. - In her final race at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, Mitchell's Tevyn Waddell finished 94th in the women's 200-meter backstroke on Friday at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Waddell finished sixth in her heat and ended with a time of 2 minutes, 18.37 seconds.

"It went pretty good," Waddell said. "I definitely would've loved to see a personal-best time, but it's definitely hard to cut time at this meet because it is in the middle of the season."

The 200 backstroke was Waddell's final race after competing in the 100 butterfly on Sunday and the 100 backstroke on Monday. The future Minnesota Gopher said her week-long experience at the Olympic Trials has been "insane."

"I can't even put into words how much fun I've had," Waddell said. "The exposure I've had, the people I've been able to watch swim is an experience that'll I'll carry with me the rest of my life."

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In all three of Waddell's races, the first half of each race was the fastest half.

"If you look at my times, I learned I'm definitely a first-half racer," Waddell said. "I learned more about what I should do next time and opportunities I should utilize."

Waddell said her highlight was walking out of the athletes section and having a bunch of kids greet her with autograph requests.

"It made me realize how big of deal this meet really is," Waddell said.

Waddell and Aberdeen native Hannah Kastigar were the lone two South Dakotans competing in the event. With four years of college swimming ahead of her, Waddell said returning to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials and possibly reaching the semifinals is the new ultimate goal.

"I'm really hoping to be back in four years," Waddell said. "Watching the semifinals and finals really makes me want to push myself to get to that point."

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