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Zach Eystad (from left), Ryan McBrady, Sam Goebel, Jake Waggoner and Connor Smythe were looking to break school records and advance to the finals of the state Class A boys swimming meet.

Park Rapids swimmers recover from tough start to qualify for state meet

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The first half of last Saturday's Section 3A boys swimming meet at Willmar wasn't what seniors Sam Goebel and Ryan McBrady, juniors Zach Eystad and Jake Waggoner, and sophomore Connor Smythe had planned.

The second half of the meet went the way those five Park Rapids swimmers expected.

After missing out on state berths in the early going, those five swimmers delivered during the second half of the meet to qualify for state in four events.

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