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Glendale Girl's Swimming Look to Repeat at State

SPRINGFIELD, Mo-- The Falcons look to take the state title for the second year in a row.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The end of February is nearing and for Glendale that means girls state swimming is just around the corner.

This time last year, the tide turned for Glendales girl's swimming.

"It was unbelievable, like indescribable, I can't believe we actually did it and I just hope we can do it again," said Glendale swimmer Madeline Nelson.

At the Springfield Natatorium they honor the wall of champions. That has individual champions dating all the way back to 1978 but in all these years and all the teams to come through the Springfield Public School district only one team has one the team state title and that was Glendale in 2013.

And since the Falcons are returning all swimmers from last season, the team can't help but think about the repeat.

"It's going to be tough, it's going to be tough there are a couple other teams out there that are real good right now, we are in that boat with them. It is going to come down to who is ready to race on Friday the 20th," said Glendale swimming coach Steve Boyce.

"We for sure have a target on our backs because we were number one last year and everybody is going to come after us this year," said Glendale swimmer Macie Beairsto.

Senior Nikki Sisson made key chains to get that exact message across.

"That had our Glendale logo on one side and the target on the other side," explained coach Boyce.

Nikki will look to defend her 50 meter freestyle as well as the 200 and 400 yard relay championships. A temmate on those relays is her kid sister Kaylee.

"It's definitely fun. She pushes us to be better, like each and every one of us," said Glendale swimmer Kaylee Sisson.

While there are two actual relatives, they all feel like sisters.

"We are so close, not even just the relays like the whole team is close. We do everything together, we do dinners, we do activities. We are not even a team, we are like a big family," said Glendale swimmer Nikki Sisson.

Though the Falcons swim team already made history, the story of this family still may not be finished.

The Falcons go for the repeat this weekend in St. Peter's.
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