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With 3 @ Olympic Trials, Swimming Grows in SD



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Swimming continues to grow in South Dakota as evidenced by recently having 3 competing in the Olympic Trials in Omaha-Hannah Kastigar of Aberdeen, Paul Gordon of Sioux Falls and Katie Burdahl-Price of Mitchell.. More kids are getting interested at a young age and it's paying off. Nick Lenz reports on why this sport has made such a big leap right here at home.

THE SPORT OF SWIMMING HAS COME ALIVE IN THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA OVER THE RECENT YEARS.....

Chad Thomsen, Snowfox Coach says: "The really fun thing to watch over the last 5-6 years swimming has been kind of been pushed the fore front for olympic sports, obviously in 2008 we had the Michael Phelps effect. Eight days of straight swimming because of what he accomplished, eight swims eight gold medals. The one cool thing now is because of that a lot more people are aware of the sport and all the teams across South Dakota have been growing every single year."

GROWING IN SIZE, THE STATE SENT THREE SWIMMERS TO THE U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS THIS YEAR,

Chris Angerhofer, Snowfox Swimmer: "It's grown a lot I think. That's just saying we have fast swimmers and we can compete with those other people out of state. We're not just the small midwest anymore, we're getting up there compared to California, Texas and the other coast states."

AND FROM ONE COACH WHO HAD AN ATHLETE COMPETE.

Elyce Kastigar, Aberdeen Swim Coach:"Very exciting of course to have an athlete get to that level.------, but as well as me as a coach getting to that level and being around the best athletes in the United States as well as the top coaches it was very exciting."

Thomsen:"South Dakota swimming has less swimmers as a state then some teams in Minneapolis have on their one team. And the fact that we have sent three athletes to the Olympic Trials, which esentially is the one of the fastest competitions in the World, short of the Olympic games, really stands attest to the coaching ability in this state and the talent that we have in this state."

FLUTTER KICKING THEY'RE WAY TO THE TOP, SWIMMERS SAY THAT THERE WILL BE EVEN MORE SOUTH DAKOTA COMPETITORS, NEXT YEAR...

NICK LENZ, KDLT SPORTS, SIOUX FALLS.
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