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Panthers dominate Thief River Falls in 117-68 dual victory

Abby Hanson clocked a 1:32.37 in the 100-yard breaststroke during Thursday night's dual meet with Thief River Falls. The Panthers coasted to a 117-68 victory. (Vance Carlson / Enterprise)1 / 2
Leah Meinert finished third in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 2:17.65 Thursday night. (Vance Carlson / Enterprise)2 / 2

The Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team turned in another dominating performance Thursday night to remain undefeated in dual meets.

Six different swimmers won events in leading the Panthers to a 117-68 victory over Thief River Falls at the Area High School pool.

Katherine Erickson, Melissa Haas, Kyja Penning and Allycia Zinke opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:01.79.

Mandy Schirmers clocked a 2:15.09 to win the 200 freestyle and Zinke followed with a winning time of 2:33.70 in the 200 individual medley.

Penning took first in diving with 195.40 points and clocked a winning time of 59.80 in the 100 freestyle.

Erickson led the way in the 500 freestyle with a winning time of 5:58.79 before Taylor Ondracek won the 100 backstroke in 1:08.04 and Haas won the 100 breaststroke in 1:20.55.

Emily Creager, Penning, Zinke and Schirmers ended the meet by winning the 400 freestyle relay in 4:03.21.

Adding runner-up finishes for the Panthers were Erickson in the 50 freestyle (27.30), Ellen Hoffman in diving (127.95 points), Creager in the 100 butterfly (1:11.28), Hannah Williams in the 100 freestyle (1:01.41), and the 200 freestyle relay team of Creager, Leah Meinert, Schirmers and Erickson (1:50.36).

The Panthers also coasted past TRF in the junior varsity meet. Clocking individual winning times in the Panthers' 110-39 victory were Elizabeth Nichols in the 200 freestyle (2:43.94) and 100 freestyle (1:11.38), Lauren Rossman in the 50 freestyle (29.93) and 100 backstroke (1:28.03), Heather Kniss in diving (95.30 points), Hoffman in the 100 butterfly (1:25.73) and Alex Pederson in the 100 breaststroke (1:31.59). The Panthers also took first in all three relays as Emily Eystad, Jessie O'Hern, Jessica Andersen and Pederson won the 200 medley relay in 2:26.86; Andersen, Danielle Lockrem, Nichols and Hoffman won the 200 freestyle relay in 2:19.11; and Christina Mackley, Eystad, O'Hern and Pederson won the 400 freestyle relay in 5:15.93.

The Panthers carried a 2-0 record into Tuesday's dual meet against Fosston/Bagley. Todd Fritze's team will host the annual Park Rapids Invitational Saturday.