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Panthers rely on team effort to edge Lakers for Mid-State title

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Panthers rely on team effort to edge Lakers for Mid-State title
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  Going 1-2-3 in the 100-yard butterfly sparked the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to the Mid-State Conference title last Friday night at Detroit Lakes.

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     Despite winning only three events, the Panthers relied on their depth to claim the conference title with 418 points. Detroit Lakes was second with 383 points while Perham (281) and Staples-Motley (243) followed.

     The Panthers had four swimmers earn all-conference honors with winning efforts. Paige Fritze, Kayla Andersen, Tea Nyland and Lauren Rossman won the 200-yard medley relay while Nyland (in the 100 butterfly) and Andersen (in the 100 breaststroke) took first in individual events.

     In addition to the four all-conference swimmers, the Panthers had eight all-conference honorable mention swimmers and divers who finished second or third in six events. That group featured Nyland and Taylor Graham in the 200 individual medley; Ellen Hoffman in diving; Graham and Christina Mackley in the 100 butterfly; Rossman in the 100 freestyle; Andersen, Hoffman, Mackley and Alyza Edevold in the 200 freestyle relay; and Fritze in the 100 backstroke.

     Park Rapids opened the meet by winning the 200 medley in 1:59.93 behind Fritze, Andersen, Nyland and Rossman. Hoffman, Maija Hovelsrud, Graham and Edevold took fifth in the 200 medley relay in 2:09.07.

     After Seri Erickson led the Panthers by placing seventh in the 200 freestyle in 2:20.06, Nyland (in 2:28.52) and Graham (in 2:33.83) went 2-3 in the 200 individual medley.

     Rossman (in 27.05) and Andersen (in 27.55) went 4-5 in the 50 freestyle and Hoffman finished third in diving with 343.90 points before the Panthers dominated the 100 butterfly. Nyland took first in 1:04.05 and was followed by Graham’s 1:05.41 and Mackley’s 1:10.48.

     Rossman (in 1:00.69) and Fritze (in 1:00.77) went 3-4 in the 100 freestyle before Erickson led the Panthers in the 500 freestyle by placing fifth in 6:14.43.

     Andersen, Hoffman, Mackley and Edevold clocked a runner-up 1:53.21 in the 200 freestyle relay while Trinah Szafranski, Sarah Merfeld, Jordan Klemmer and Erickson took fourth in 2:02.09.

     Fritze clocked a 1:07.62 for third place in the 100 backstroke and Hoffman finished fifth in 1:12.14.

     After Andersen won the 100 breaststroke in 1:15.73 and Hovelsrud took fifth in 1:25.00, the Panthers ended the meet by placing fourth and fifth in the 400 freestyle relay. Rossman, Graham, Fritze and Nyland took fourth in 4:05.38 while Szafranski, Erickson, Isabela Simonson and Mackley finished fifth in 4:23.77.

     “The girls performed well and raced well,” said Park Rapids head coach Todd Fritze. “They stayed in the meet the whole way. They were pretty focused and got the job done.”

     Next up for the Panthers is the Section 8A meet next Friday and Saturday at Bemidji.

Team scores: Park Rapids 418, Detroit Lakes 383, Perham 281, Staples-Motley 243.

Individual results

200 medley relay: 1, Park Rapids (Fritze, Andersen, Nyland, Rossman), 1:59.93. 2, Detroit Lakes, 2:02.26. 3, Staples-Motley, 2:02.40. 4, Perham, 2:02.58. 5, Park Rapids (Hoffman, Hovelsrud, Graham, Edevold), 2:09.07.

200 freestyle: 1, Hanson, P, 2:09.51. 2, Becker, P, 2:11.99. 3, Bendson, SM, 2:13.27. 4, Klimek, SM, 2:15.95. 7, Erickson, PR, 2:20.06. 9, Mackley, PR, 2:21.99. 10, Szafranski, PR, 2:24.17. 11, Merfeld, PR, 2:25.21.

200 individual medley: 1, G. Livermore, DL, 2:25.27. 2, Nyland, PR, 2:28.52. 3, Graham, PR, 2:33.83. 4, C. Livermore, DL, 2:34.47. 6, Hovelsrud, PR, 2:47.78. 9, Waggoner, PR, 2:53.95.

50 freestyle: 1, Beachy, SM, 25.23. 2, Murphy, P, 25.92. 3, Gulon, DL, 26.69. 4, Rossman, PR, 27.05. 5, Andersen, PR, 27.55. 8, Edevold, PR, 28.83. 12, Klemmer, PR, 29.86.

Diving: 1, Foster, DL, 428.45 points. 2, Disse, DL, 354.90. 3, Hoffman, PR, 343.90. 4, Brady, P, 342.55. 7, Current, PR, 247.85. 8, Drury, PR, 231.00.

100 butterfly: 1, Nyland, PR, 1:04.05. 2, Graham, PR, 1:05.41. 3, Mackley, PR, 1:10.48. 4, Anderson, DL, 1:14.68. 7, Christensen, PR, 1:23.76.

100 freestyle: 1, Beachy, SM, 55.22. 2, Murphy, P, 56.58. 3, Rossman, PR, 1:00.69. 4, Fritze, PR, 1:00.77. 9, Szafranski, PR, 1:05.38. 14, Klemmer, PR, 1:12.43.

500 freestyle: 1, Gulon, DL, 5:42.18. 2, Klimek, SM, 6:02.89. 3, Bendson, SM, 6:08.22. 4, Dale, P, 6:13.20. 5, Erickson, PR, 6:14.43. 6, Merfeld, PR, 6:22.85. 7, Edevold, PR, 6:23.11. 9, Simonson, PR, 6:27.22.

200 freestyle relay: 1, Detroit Lakes, 1:52.96. 2, Park Rapids (Andersen, Hoffman, Mackley, Edevold), 1:53.21. 3, Detroit Lakes, 2:01.30. 4, Park Rapids (Szafranski, Merfeld, Klemmer, Erickson), 2:02.09.

100 backstroke: 1, G. Livermore, DL, 1:05.50. 2, Becker, P, 1:05.65. 3, Fritze, PR, 1:07.62. 4, Iverson, SM, 1:10.04. 5, Hoffman, PR, 1:12.14. 6, Simonson, PR, 1:13.42. 11, Christensen, PR, 1:20.06.

100 breaststroke: 1, Andersen, PR, 1:15.73. 2, C. Livermore, DL, 1:16.01. 3, Hanson, P, 1:17.24. 4, Arens, DL, 1:22.75. 5, Hovelsrud, PR, 1:25.00. 9, Waggoner, PR, 1:29.64. 10, Drury, PR, 1:29.68.

400 freestyle relay: 1, Perham, 3:58.29. 2, Staples-Motley, 4:01.00. 3, Detroit Lakes, 4:02.42. 4, Park Rapids (Rossman, Graham, Fritze, Nyland), 4:05.38. 5, Park Rapids (Szafranski, Erickson, Simonson, Mackley), 4:23.77.

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