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Cross Town Swimming In Helena Unlike Any Other Rivalry

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HELENA - Make no mistake, cross town sports in Helena are no joke, even the mascots can't stand each other. But for cross town swimming, they keep things a bit more mellow.

"Swimming is just like seeing that we can hate each other," said Bengals senior Nick Angeli. "And that we can also cheer on each other."

"We practice as four teams, and our motto is 'Four teams, one family,'" said Bruins freshman Jacob Fleury. "So I expect a lot of fun, and a lot of cheering at this meet."

The Bruins and Bengals share the same practices, a pool, and even a head coach. So when it comes time to compete against each other, it's more like going up against a teammates, not a rival!

"It's more of like a fun meet than like a serious meet," said Bruins senior Addy Shull. "It's like an hour long, and we get to have a lot more fun. And it's not scored like other meets are."

Another reason this rivalry feels different? The Helena High swim team is more than double the size of Capitals! So the Bengals have the obvious advantage. But the swimmers say that isn't always the case.

"It's been so long since Capital has been ahead of us," said Bengals senior Colton Bauer. "And when Capital is ahead of us it's the same thing. When one school is up the other one is down, and when the other is up the other is down."

"Helena High has a lot of boys swimmers," said Fleury. "Capital High really doesn't. Capital is small, but we like winning."

And even though this cross-town rivalry is different, wanting to win always stays the same.

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