Saturday, the Brookings Swim Club hosted its 2013 State Long Course Championship Meet, bringing more than 400 swimmers to Brookings. But for a pair of sisters, it also brought home one special surprise.
For sisters Mackenzie and Sydney Farm, Saturday morning was supposed to be just like any other swim meet. Kicked off by the National Anthem swim across the pool that has become pretty routine.
But what the girls didn't know, their dad, U.S. Air Force B-1 Pilot Major Jim Farm was home from his tour overseas, waiting for them on the other side.
After nearly 7 months, lots of hugs, kisses and even some tears to welcome dad home.
"I had to do everything I could not to jump in the pool to meet them halfway, I was very excited. Seeing your heart and soul outside your body it was amazing," Mjr. Jim Farm said.
And for the girls: priceless.
"When I got to the end, he smiled at me and I said 'daddy's home!' and I hopped out as fast as I could," Sydney Farm said.
"I thought I was imagining it but then I knew it was real," Mackenzie Farm said.
As much as Jim loves what he does for a living, he says, part of it is never easy.
"Being a father away from your family is tough. Fortunately, my wife and daughters are extremely strong. They understand why we're gone. Doesn't make it any easier but it's something that has to be done," Mjr. Farm said.
"I think our family is really proud of him because he went and fought for our country and just did what's right for America," Sydney said.
But now he's home, back with his family, making every moment count.
"This is their weekend, they worked really hard to get here. we're extremely proud of them and it makes it all the more worthwhile to be here and experience it a little," he said.
The girls said they look forward to getting back home to Rapid City, going camping as a family and just making up for lost time with dad.
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