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February 16, 2018 06:07 PM

Aquatic Center Hosting Summit Swimming And Diving Championships

Dozens of swimmers and hundreds of their supporters are packing the Midco Aquatic Center this week for the Summit League Swimming and Diving Championships. This is the first time the facility is playing host to the event. 

Teams and fans from at least seven Division I schools are in Sioux Falls this week. Swimmers are diving in for a chance at a Summit League Championship. 

"This place is very nice. It's fresh and clean and it's warm," Monica Borgstede said. 

Borgstede drove all the way from Missouri to watch her daughter swim in the four-day event. The senior competes for Western Illinois and has been logging some of her best performances. 

"She's trying to meet some lifetime goals. She was able to break a minute yesterday so she's very excited," Borgstede said. 

Several records are being broken this week as teams say the pool is fast at the Midco Aquatic Center compared to previous years. That's because the pool is deeper. 

"It's incredible. We were in Indianapolis last year. This facility is amazing. It's not quite as big as Indianapolis but it's a wonderful facility. Great viewing. Great pool," Wagner native Gerrit Juffer said.

 His daughter swims for USD. He says the atmosphere once athletes hit the water is exciting. 

"You got some old guys like me, lose your voice throughout the deal. It's just flat-ass fun," Juffer said.  

SDSU, Denver, Omaha, Eastern Illinois and Valparaiso are the five other schools listed as participants on the tournament's website. It wraps up on Saturday. 

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