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Panthers qualify five for state meet

Tea Nyland broke the school record in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 59.36 during the Section 8A meet. Nyland finished second in that event and helped the 200-yard medley relay team advance to state.1 / 3
Kayla Andersen earned a trip to the state meet by placing second in the 100-yard breaststroke at Saturday’s Section 8A meet.2 / 3
Ellen Hoffman returned to state in diving after placing fourth at Saturday’s Section 8A meet with 367.25 points.3 / 3

  Sending five individuals to the state Class A meet in four events capped off another solid performance by the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team at Saturday’s Section 8A meet at Bemidji.

     Sophomores Paige Fritze, Kayla Andersen and Tea Nyland and junior Lauren Rossman opened Saturday’s meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1:54.83. Senior Ellen Hoffman returned to state after placing fourth in diving with 367.25 points. Nyland followed with a runner-up 1:00.64 in the 100 butterfly to secure a state berth. Nyland broke Kyja Penning’s school record of 1:01.20 set in 2009 and broke Bemidji’s pool record with a 59.36 during Friday’s preliminaries. Andersen claimed the other state berth with a runner-up 1:12.51 in the 100 breaststroke.

     Those efforts led the Panthers to runner-up honors in the team standings with 327 points. Bemidji repeated as section champs with 438 points.

     “We rocked on prelims,” said Park Rapids head coach Todd Fritze. “We had a great day Friday. We had 100 percent season bests and all but four lifetime bests. The girls were pretty tense on Saturday, but the majority of them had good swims. I can’t complain.”

     Hoffman will begin state preliminaries in diving Monday while the state preliminaries in the swimming events will be held Tuesday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

     “It’s quite an accomplishment just making it down there,” said Fritze. “Our goal is to maintain or go a little faster. I’m excited for the girls.”

Panthers hit season bests

     Every girl who competed Friday clocked a season-best time as the Panthers qualified 14 entrants in the finals and another 10 in the consolation finals.

     Fritze, Andersen, Taylor Graham and Nyland finished second in the 200 medley relay in 1:56.50. Fergus Falls took first in 1:54.49.

     In the 200 freestyle, Alyza Edevold finished ninth in 2:12.53 and Christina Mackley was 13th in 2:16.26 to advance to the consolation finals. Trinah Szafranski finished 18th in 2:20.03 and Sarah Merfeld was 22nd in 2:22.15.

     Nyland took third in 2:20.16 and Graham was fifth in 2:25.81 in the 200 individual medley. Maija Hovelsrud also advanced by placing 16th in 2:43.36 while Carly Waggoner just missed a spot in the consolation finals by placing 17th in 2:46.36.

     Rossman finished fifth in the 50 freestyle in 25.88 while Andersen took 11th in 27.13.

     Nyland broke the school record and led the field with a winning time of 59.36 in the 100 butterfly. Graham was third in 1:02.48 and Mackley finished ninth in 1:07.22.

     In the 100 freestyle, Rossman finished fourth in 57.12 and Fritze was eighth in 59.35. Szafranski finished 16th in 1:03.46 to advance.

     Edevold clocked a 6:06.62 to place eighth, Merfeld was 13th in 6:17.51 and Isabela Simonson finished 14th in 6:20.48 in the 500 freestyle.

     Fritze, Andersen, Rossman and Edevold clocked a 1:49.25 to finish third in the 200 freestyle relay.

     In the 100 backstroke, Fritze took sixth in 1:06.78 and Hoffman was seventh in 1:07.66 to advance to the finals while Simonson took 12th in 1:11.06. Lydia Christensen finished 20th in 1:16.42.

     Andersen clocked a runner-up 1:11.51 while Hovelsrud finished 12th in 1:20.37 in the 100 breaststroke. Waggoner was 23rd in 1:27.87.

     Edevold, Graham, Mackley and Nyland finished fourth in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:58.33.

     In diving, Hoffman was third after the semifinal round with 265.25 points. Jada Current was 11th with 181.40 points and Caroline Drury was 13th with 153.70 points.

Panthers qualify in four events

     The Panthers started Saturday’s finals by qualifying four girls and scoring 40 points when Fritze, Andersen, Nyland and Rossman won the 200 medley relay in 1:54.83. Fergus Falls ended up being disqualified in that opening race.

     Edevold finished 10th in 2:14.10 and Mackley was 13th in 2:16.28 as the Panthers scored 11 points in the 200 freestyle.

     Nyland’s fourth-place 2:23.55, Graham’s fifth-place 2:24.90 and Hovelsrud’s 15th-place 2:43.14 led to 31 points in the 200 individual medley.

     The Panthers added 20 points in the 50 freestyle when Rossman finished fifth in 25.84 and Andersen took 11th in 26.89.

     Hoffman earned the final state berth in diving by placing fourth with 367.25 points while Current took 11th with 243.75 points and Drury finished 13th with 210.90 points. Those finishes added 25 points to the Panthers’ team score.

     Nyland advanced to state with a runner-up 1:00.64, Graham took fourth in 1:02.62 and Mackley was ninth in 1:07.77 as the Panthers scored 41 points in the 100 butterfly.

     The Panthers scored 27 points in the 100 freestyle as Rossman finished sixth in 57.23, Fritze took seventh in 1:00.15 and Szafranski finished 15th in 1:03.27.

     Edevold took it easy in preparation for the 200 freestyle relay and took eighth in 6:20.76 in the 500 freestyle while Merfeld was 12th in 6:15.04 and Simonson finished 14th in 6:17.77 as the Panthers scored 19 points in that event.

     Rossman, Fritze, Edevold and Andersen just missed a state berth in the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:45.67. Bemidji was first in 1:42.26 while Crookston claimed the other state berth with a 1:45.61. Park Rapids scored 32 points in that race.

     In the 100 backstroke, the Panthers scored 30 points as Fritze was sixth in 1:06.23, Hoffman took seventh in 1:07.30 and Simonson was 12th in 1:10.45.

     Andersen claimed a state berth with a runner-up 1:12.51 in the 100 breaststroke. Hovelsrud finished 11th in 1:19.68 to give the Panthers 23 points in that event.

     Graham, Edevold, Mackley and Nyland ended the meet by placing fifth in 3:57.81 for 28 points in the 400 freestyle relay.

Team scores: Bemidji 438, Park Rapids 327, Fergus Falls 280, Detroit Lakes 249, Perham 199, Staples-Motley 187, Crookston 177, Thief River Falls 123, Warroad/Roseau 106, Fosston/Bagley 57.

Individual results

200 medley relay: 1, Park Rapids (Fritze, Andersen, Nyland, Rossman), 1:54.83. 2, Perham, 1:58.25.

200 freestyle: 1, Williams, B, 2:02.72. 2, Bendson, SM, 2:06.35. 10, Edevold, PR, 2:14.10. 13, Mackley, PR, 2:16.28. 18, Szafranski, PR, 2:20.03. 22, Merfeld, PR, 2:22.15.

200 individual medley: 1, Arndt, B, 2:18.26. 2, G. Livermore, DL, 2:18.95. 4, Nyland, PR, 2:23.55. 5, Graham, PR, 2:24.90. 15, Hovelsrud, PR, 2:43.14. 17, Waggoner, PR, 2:46.36.

50 freestyle: 1, Beachy, SM, 24.62. 2, Hoven, B, 25.35. 5, Rossman, PR, 25.84. 11, Andersen, PR, 26.89.

Diving: 1, Grosfield, B, 442.80 points. 2, Foster, DL, 408.20. 3, Disse, DL, 369.60. 4, Hoffman, PR, 367.25. 11, Current, PR, 243.75. 13, Drury, PR, 210.90.

100 butterfly: 1, Fisher, FF, 59.63. 2, Nyland, PR, 1:00.64. 4, Graham, PR, 1:02.62. 9, Mackley, PR, 1:07.77.

100 freestyle: 1, Beachy, PR, 54.41. 2, Murphy, P, 55.37. 6, Rossman, PR, 57.23. 7, Fritze, PR, 1:00.15. 15, Szafranski, PR, 1:03.27.

500 freestyle: 1, McRae, B, 5:26.87. 2, Gulon, DL, 5:36.20. 8, Edevold, PR, 6:20.76. 12, Merfeld, PR, 6:15.04. 14, Simonson, PR, 6:17.77.

200 freestyle relay: 1, Bemidji, 1:42.26. 2, Crookston, 1:45.61. 3, Park Rapids (Rossman, Fritze, Edevold, Andersen), 1:45.67.

100 backstroke: 1, Fisher, FF, 1:00.26. 2, Becker, P, 1:03.02. 6, Fritze, PR, 1:06.23. 7, Hoffman, PR, 1:07.30. 12, Simonson, PR, 1:10.45. 20, Christensen, PR, 1:16.42.

100 breaststroke: 1, Reard, FF, 1:11.21. 2, Andersen, PR, 1:12.51. 11, Hovelsrud, PR, 1:19.68. 23, Waggoner, PR, 1:27.87.

400 freestyle relay: 1, Bemidji, 3:46.29. 2, Fergus Falls, 3:48.05. 5, Park Rapids (Graham, Edevold, Mackley, Nyland), 3:57.81.