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Lucie Anderson couldn't imagine her life without swimming. A standout on the Mitchell Aquatic Club, Anderson is a regular at all things swimming in Mitchell. "It's school and swimming—all the time," Anderson said. "I feel like that's definitely my main goal."
It's not out of the ordinary for college football players to conduct summer workouts, but the number of Dakota Wesleyan University's participants this year is extraordinary. The Tigers have close to 75 players in Mitchell this summer going through voluntary summer workouts. It's commonplace in college football for players to organize summer sessions, but this year continues an increasing level of participation from players for Dakota Wesleyan. DWU had roughly half that amount last season and coach Ross Cimpl joked the program had "probably two," during his first season.
MINNEAPOLIS—Tevyn Waddell competed with the best, and now she wants to do it again. The Mitchell native and Minnesota swimmer capped off her freshman season with an appearance in the NCAA Division I swimming and diving championships in March. And as she jumped into the pool with Olympians Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel, she told herself not to freak out going against the Stanford Cardinal swimmers. It was a different story once she was in that setting. "Once I got there, I was like 'Wow, I am swimming in the same pool at Katie Ledecky,' " Waddell recalled.
LOWER BRULE — Michael Bennett is all about giving back to the community — even if he's never been there before. The Seattle Seahawks defensive end hosted a sports camp and family fitness clinic on Saturday in Lower Brule. It was Bennett's first trip to South Dakota and the Lower Brule Indian Reservation. But that's why he wanted to host his camp at the isolated reservation on the western banks of the Missouri River in Central South Dakota.
WAGNER—The Wagner Rockets are getting thrown into the Sunshine League fire. The eight-team league, widely considered as one of the best in South Dakota Class B amateur baseball, has produced five of the last seven state champs. It's no easy task for any first-year team to go through the rigors of the league. Just ask Wagner manager Ray Johnson.
ABERDEEN—As the sport continues to grow, the Platte-Geddes High School trapshooting team won its second straight South Dakota High School Clay Target state championship Saturday. The Black Panthers scored a 471 to capture the state title on a windy afternoon in Aberdeen. They won the event's inaugural title last season. "It was a tough day, but going into it, they knew could do it if they just shot what they were capable of and they did," P-G coach Troy Kirsch said.
At every turn, Frank Comerford is speaking about the Mitchell Aquatic Club's bright future. Comerford, who was named the MAC coach in October, cites the soon-to-be finished swimming facility as a strong building block for the program. "We are working toward getting the new pool built and once that's in, we start growing and growing the club even more," Comerford said. But he's also excited about some young up-and-coming swimmers as the team gears up for the long course season.
SIOUX FALLS—The Burke/South Central Cougars fell one place short of their ultimate goal again on Tuesday. The Cougars finished as the Class B state girls golf runner-up for the fourth consecutive season and once again it was against Deubrook Area. "It is four years in a row now and every year we gave our best effort," Burke/South Central coach Billie Jo Indahl said. "Deubrook just came out and they shot very well."
The Burke/South Central girls golf team is looking to make the next step. The Cougars have finished as the Class B state runner-up the past three seasons. They were edged by Deubrook Area last season by just one stroke. Burke/South Central returns all but one player from last season's team and will be among the favorites again at the state meet. The Class B girls tournament is today and Tuesday at Prairie Green Golf Course in Sioux Falls.
An amendment to the South Dakota High School Activities Association constitutional regarding open enrollment transfer students was passed last week. The new rule no longer allows students to enroll and participate with a team at one school and then transfer to another before the season starts and allow immediate eligibility. During the SDHSAA's annual meeting in April, officials described it as "closing a loophole" geared toward the fall season, barring students from representing multiple schools in one sport season based on schools starting the academic year on different dates.