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Published March 26, 2014, 09:23 PM

Beyond the Game: F-M Gators Swim Team

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The F-M Gators swim team has produced some top level talent thru the years and this season is no exception.

By: Eric Manlove, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The F-M Gators swim team has produced some top level talent thru the years and this season is no exception.

The team will send four swimmers to the YMCA Championships next week in North Carolina and as WDAY 6's Eric Manlove tells us in this week's Beyond The Game, this meet will be different for all of them.

The experience level varies for this Gator team going to Nationals, from a couple first time trips to a fifth. But they all share one common goal and that is setting personal bests in the pool.

Erin Slack/F-M Gators Swimmers: “It's a pretty big deal, not many people can do this. So having this opportunity is pretty neat.”

Over 14 hundred swimmers will take part in the national meet starting April 1, F-M Gator swimmers Ellie Roche, Maddie Derby, Hallie Peterson and Erin Slack will be four of them making the trip to compete on the big stage.

Hallie Peterson/F-M Gators Swimmer: “I'm really excited for it. I don't really know what to expect but I have been to some big meets before but nothing to this scale so its just really exciting to get to be a part of it and experience it.”

Peterson and Slack are making their first trips, while Derby and Roche are making their 4th and 5th respectively.

Maddie Derby/F-M Gator Swimmer: “It's pretty exciting every single year, it's different each year because new people come every year, it's just as exciting as the first year.”

All of the girls have swam at the high school stage and in state tournaments, but they say nothing compares to this.

Ellie Roche/F-M Gators Swimmer: “It's kind of a reality check because you realize how small North Dakota is and then going to the national level and seeing all the swimmers from like Florida and everywhere and seeing how fast they are. It's a lot more competition but it's good competition. Being able to go back I have some expectations of myself and I know some of the people there so that helps a lot.”

The four are hoping that having some experience can get them into the finals.

This is the 25th straight year that the Gators have sent someone to the national meet, it begins next week in Greensboro.

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