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Familiar faces will be in Indianapolis to support the Palmers

BISMARCK, N.D. — Bismarck natives Carly and Erin Palmer will represent the Peace Garden State at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials. When the Palmers jump into the pool at Lucas Oil Stadium, there will be some familiar faces in the crowd to cheer them on.

About 30 swimmers from Carly and Erin's competitive swim team, the Bismarck Aquastorm, are traveling to Indianapolis. The group will have the opportunity to train at various pools throughout the city and will participate in three days of tryouts. The group is excited to experience the event while supporting their own teammates.

“It's going to be important to them and it's important for these guys to see that all their hard work is paying off if they stick around,” coach Jeff Steele said. “So we're really hoping for a good experience, not just for the Palmers, but for these kids.”

“We're all super excited,” Sienna Mrachek added. “It's going to be a great experience and we're going to see some super fast swimmers, so we're looking forward to it. It's a great motivator and I'm so excited to see the energy in that pool and kind of feel it and know that maybe this is a possibility for me.”

The former Century Patriots are not only happy about the support from their hometown, but also want to use their chance at the Trials to proudly represent North Dakota and serve as role models for younger swimmers.

“The swimming community in North Dakota is very close, which is something I really love about North Dakota,” says Carly Palmer. “Having members of our team there is definitely some comforting and it makes you feel like you really want to represent your team well. So I'm very grateful for this opportunity to represent North Dakota, to represent Bismarck Aquastorm. Even though you're from a smaller state, you can still make it to the big stage.”

“We've been getting a flood of text messages from people all over the state,” Erin Palmer added. “Just knowing that a few of them will be in the stands watching us is a huge relief. I love being someone they can look up to and emulate. I'm really grateful to North as a state and as a community for that and how much support we've had from them throughout our entire sports careers.”

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