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Panthers settle for 12th at state True Team meet

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Up to this point of the season, the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team has proven to have the best depth in Section 8A.

On Thursday night, the Panthers competed against teams with the best depth in the state.

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The Panthers finished 12th with 995.50 points at this year's state Class A True Team meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Hutchinson won the state title with 2,073.50 points while Visitation was second with 2,004.50 points. Park Rapids finished ninth with 1,178.50 points last year.

Seven of the state's top Class A teams competed at this meet. Hutchinson entered the meet as the No. 1-ranked team in the state while Monticello (No. 3), Breck (No. 4), Northfield (No. 5), Visitation (No. 6) and Melrose (No. 7) were also rated.

Park Rapids scored 178 points in the 200-yard medley relay. Katherine Erickson, Mandy Schirmers, Tea Nyland and Lauren Rossman finished 14th in 2:01.72. The B team of Ellen Hoffman, Hannah Williams, Taylor Graham and Heather Kniss clocked a season-best time of 2:05.84 as did the D team of Alex Pederson, Jessie O'Hern, Jessi Andersen and Isabela Simonson with a 2:12.60.

In the 200 freestyle, Emily Creager led the Panthers with a 2:10.76 for 21st place. Park Rapids scored 34 points in that event.

Schirmers led the Panthers in the 200 individual medley by placing 21st in 2:31.20. Nyland clocked a season-best 2:35.99 as Park Rapids scored 48 points in that event.

Allycia Zinke clocked a season-best 26.99 to finish 22nd as the Panthers scored 54.50 points in the 50 freestyle.

In diving, Andersen (267.70 points) and Hoffman (264.60) finished 10th and 11th to lead the Panthers to 98 points.

The Panthers added 90 team points in the 100 butterfly as Zinke's 1:06.53 for 17th place and Graham's season-best 1:07.59 for 21st place led the way.

After scoring 46 points in the 100 freestyle behind Creager's 25th-place time of 1:00.28, Erickson finished 13th in the 500 freestyle with a 5:45.06. Seri Erickson (6:18.06) and Carly Waggoner (6:57.62) clocked season bests as the Panthers scored 54 points in the 500 freestyle.

Zinke, Williams, Rossman and Creager had the Panthers' fastest time in the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:51.40 for 20th place. The B team of Kniss, Kayla Andersen, Graham and Alyza Edevold clocked a season best with a 1:54.17 as the Panthers scored 110 points in this relay.

Katherine Erickson had the Panthers' best finish of the day by placing sixth in the 100 backstroke with a 1:04.70. Emily Eystad had a season best with a 1:14.50 as the Panthers scored 73 points in that event.

The 100 breaststroke proved to be the Panthers' best individual event as Schirmers finished 16th in 1:15.31 and Williams was 18th in 1:16.43 to help add 100 points to the team total.

Park Rapids closed out the meet by scoring 110 points in the 400 freestyle relay. Katherine Erickson, Zinke, Schirmers and Creager led the way by placing 15th in 4:01.18. The Panthers' D team of Pederson, Waggoner, Simonson and Emma Ellefson clocked a season best of 4:47.56.

"We didn't swim bad, but we didn't' swim up to our expectations," said Park Rapids head coach Todd Fritze. "Hopefully this will be a learning experience for us."

The Panthers prepare to defend their Mid-State Conference title at Detroit Lakes Friday night.

Team scores: Hutchinson 2,073.50, Visitation 2,004.50, Monticello 1,981.50, Northfield 1,586, Melrose 1,584, Breck 1,500, Big Lake 1,296.50, Mankato West 1,269, Big Lake 1,296.50, Dassel-Cokato 1,126, Hibbing 1,036.50, Park Rapids 995.50.

Individual results

200 medley relay: 1, Hutchinson, 1:51.97. 2, Monticello, 1:52.32. 3, Visitation, 1:53.97. 14, Park Rapids (K. Erickson, Schirmers, Nyland, Rossman), 2:01.72. 21, Park Rapids (Hoffman, Williams, Graham, Kniss), 2:05.84. 35, Park Rapids (Pederson, O'Hern, J. Andersen, Simonson), 2:12.60. 37, Park Rapids (Eystad, K. Andersen, Mackley, Ellefson), 2:12.84.

200 freestyle: 1, Drazkowski, M, 1:56.64. 2, Erdmann, B, 1:58.60. 3, Thomforde, N, 2:00.87. 21, Creager, PR, 2:10.76. 46, S. Erickson, PR, 2:28.38. 47, Fritze, PR, 2:29.96. 48, Eystad, PR, 2:38.50.

200 individual medley: 1, Oquist, M, 2:10.26. 2, Baker, N, 2:13.46. 3, Holker, B, 2:15.63. 21, Schirmers, PR, 2:31.20. 37, Nyland, PR, 2:35.99. 42, Graham, PR, 2:39.07. 48, Mackley, PR, 2:44.53.

50 freestyle: 1, Nack, MW, 23.82. 2, Yueh, B, 24.65. 3, Anderson, N, 24.81. 22, Zinke, PR, 26.99. 37, Rossman, PR, 28.12. 39 (tie), K. Andersen, PR, 28.57. 43, Edevold, PR, 28.91.

Diving: 1, Dupay, N, 386.50 points (meet record). 2, Dick, BL, 305.40. 3, Nagy, H, 303.30. 10, J. Andersen, PR, 267.70. 11, Hoffman, PR, 264.60. 34, Kniss, PR, 92.25. 43, Konshok, PR, 64.85.

100 butterfly: 1, Nack, MW, 56.03 (meet record). 2, Baker, N, 59.53. 3, Kucera, H, 59.59. 17, Zinke, PR, 1:06.53. 21, Graham, PR, 1:07.59. 29, Nyland, PR, 1:09.83. 39, Mackley, PR, 1:12.16.

100 freestyle: 1, Yueh, B, 53.84. 2, Thomforde, N, 54.48. 3, Lundstrom, N, 56.12. 25, Creager, PR, 1:00.28. 39, Rossman, PR, 1:02.73. 40, Williams, PR, 1:02.81. 46, Edevold, PR, 1:04.24.

500 freestyle: 1, Erdmann, B, 5:14.33. 2, Drazkowski, M, 5:18.41. 3, Nack, MW, 5:22.25. 13, K. Erickson, PR, 5:45.06. 39, S. Erickson, PR, 6:18.06. 44, Fritze, PR, 6:33.79. 46, Waggoner, PR, 6:57.62.

200 freestyle relay: 1, Northfield, 1:40.01 (meet record). 2, Mankato West, 1:41.75. 3, Hutchinson, 1:41.87. 20, Park Rapids (Zinke, Williams, Rossman, Creager), 1:51.40. 29, Park Rapids (Kniss, K. Andersen, Graham, Edevold), 1:54.17. 45, Park Rapids (J. Andersen, S. Erickson, Fritze, Pederson), 2:01.51. 47, Park Rapids (Ellefson, O'Hern, Waggoner, Simonson), 2:11.56.

100 backstroke: 1, Oquist, M, 58.42. 2, Kucera, H, 59.92. 3, Gaertner, V, 1:01.43. 6, K. Erickson, PR, 1:04.70. 34, Hoffman, PR, 1:11.79. 41, J. Andersen, PR, 1:14.42. 42, Eystad, PR, 1:14.50.

100 breaststroke: 1, Wellumson, BL, 1:08.79. 2, Gaylord, V, 1:08.88. 3, Ford, H, 1:09.48. 16, Schirmers, PR, 1:15.31. 18, Williams, PR, 1:16.43. 29, K. Andersen, PR, 1:19.88. 33, O'Hern, PR, 1:21.35.

400 freestyle relay: 1, Northfield, 3:39.68. 2, Mankato West, 3:42.26. 3, Visitation, 3:43.48. 15, Park Rapids (K. Erickson, Zinke, Schirmers, Creager), 4:01.18. 35, Park Rapids (Kniss, Edevold, Nyland, Hoffman), 4:19.09. 44, Park Rapids (S. Erickson, Fritze, Eystad, Mackley), 4:34.73. 47, Park Rapids (Pederson, Waggoner, Simonson, Ellefson), 4:47.56.

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