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Connor Smythe broke the school record in the 100-yard backstroke and qualified for the state Class A meet in that event with a time of 57.72 at the Section 3A meet.

Swimmers advance five individuals in four events to state meet

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Going into Saturday's finals of the Section 3A boys swimming and diving meet at Willmar, Park Rapids head coach Todd Fritze told his swimmers to go after cut times in order to qualify for the state Class A meet.

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As it turned out, the Panthers qualified for state in four events, but only needed to reach cut times in two of them.

Junior Jake Waggoner earned the Panthers' first state berth with a runner-up 5:11.72 in the 500-yard freestyle.

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