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Bergeson Heads to State Meet

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North Dakota's top swimmers will gather in Grand Forks for the state meet this week. One of the best of the best is Century Junior Dani Bergeson.

"I'm hoping to win both my individual events and I'm hoping to drop some times for next year and that would be a huge thing for me to do," says Bergeson.

"Dani means a lot to this team and she's also a club swimmer of mine. She means a lot to the state of North Dakota. She's the fastest girl to ever come through North Dakota. It's pretty exciting to see," says Jeff Steele.

She's only 16-years old but Dani's list of accomplishments is already a long one. Topping that list is her state record in the 100-backstroke.

"She works out twice a day, five days a week, if not 6 and after our afternoon practice she goes and does crossfit 3 days a week also, year round," says Steele.

That work has certainly paid off as she has the lowest qualifying times for a number of events heading into state.

"I'm pretty happy with how this season has gone. Each meet I kind of have a goal time for each event  that I am swimming and I can say that each meet I am happy with how I did," says Bergeson.

With all of her success in the pool, colleges have started to take notice.

"She's gotten letters from big school since they started to be allowed to contact her. Swimming will take her through four years of college and our goal would be to qualify for Olympic trials in 2016," says Steele.

The Olympics are a far way off, for now, she will be happy adding to her state championship trophy case.

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