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Kevin Merfeld helped the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team claim runner-up honors at the Mid-State Conference meet and move up to eighth place at the Section 3A meet. Merfeld capped off his senior season by qualifying for state in the 500-yard freestyle.

Swimmers see progress, turn corner

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Over the last two seasons, it was tough for the members of the Park Rapids boys swimming team to see the progress they made.

That changed this season.

Two seasons ago, the Panthers went 0-6 in dual meets, finished third at the Mid-State Conference meet, finished last out of 12 teams at the Section 3A meet with 56 points and qualified one swimmer for the state meet.

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