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Swimmers send a message in win over TRF

Analise Smee clocked a runner-up 1:16.47 in the 100-yard butterfly in Park Rapids' dual victory over Thief River Falls Thursday night at the Area High School pool. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

A year ago, the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team needed a 1-2 finish in the final event to rally for an 87-83 victory at Thief River Falls.

In the rematch Thursday night at the Area High School pool, the Panthers sent a message early in coasting to a 110-64 victory.

The Panthers won the first nine events, highlighted by 1-2-3 showings in three of them, to take control early and improve to 2-0 in dual meets this season.

"I told the girls we needed to send a message right away and the girls swam really well from start to finish," said Park Rapids head coach Todd Fritze. "We didn't have a bad swim or a bad dive all night. The girls did a fantastic job."

Analise Smee, Maija Hovelsrud, Ellie Ulvin and Jordan Klemmer opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:02.02 before Olivia Ulvin (2:14.84), Chloe Voigt (2:22.29) and Madi Robbins (2:27.38) went 1-2-3 in the 200 freestyle. Ellie Ulvin (2:30.60), Hovelsrud (2:34.97) and Aleah Voigt (2:41.11) followed with a 1-2-3 showing in the 200 individual medley as the Panthers jumped out to a 36-10 lead.

Klemmer won the 50 freestyle in 26.32 and Katie Eischens took first in diving with 181.95 points before Ellie Ulvin's 1:07.57 and Smee's 1:16.47 led to a 1-2 finish in the 100 butterfly. Klemmer followed with a winning time of 1:00.58 in the 100 freestyle as Park Rapids pushed the advantage to 72-28.

A 1-2-3 finish by Olivia Ulvin (6:08.83), Robbins (6:38.67) and Jess Kaseman (6:41.85) in the 500 freestyle was followed by a winning time of 1:55.28 by Klemmer, Emma Vrieze, Savana Damar and Olivia Ulvin in the 200 freestyle relay as the Panthers led 95-35.

Hovelsrud's runner-up 1:14.57 in the 100 breaststroke made it 110-52 before the Panthers swam exhibition in the 400 freestyle relay. Ellie Ulvin, Smee, Hovelsrud and Olivia Ulvin clocked a 4:17.57 and Robbins, Aleah Voigt, Kaseman and Chloe Voigt followed in 4:28.07, which would have resulted in a 1-2 showing in the final event.

"We're light years ahead of where we were at this point last year," said Fritze. "We still have work to do, but the girls are starting to race better. We're still not where we want to be, but we're in a good spot."

Park Rapids 110, Thief River Falls 64

200 medley relay: 1, Park Rapids (Smee, Hovelsrud, E. Ulvin, Klemmer), 2:02.02. 2, Thief River Falls, 2:03.43. 3, Park Rapids (A. Voigt, Kaseman, Vrieze, Damar), 2:1582. JV: Park Rapids (Mitchell, Nichols, Offerdahl, Swanson), 2:30.53.

200 freestyle: 1, O. Ulvin, PR, 2:14.84. 2, C. Voigt, PR, 2:22.29. 3, Robbins, PR, 2:27.38. 4, VonHoltum, TRF, 2:29.62. 5, Halsa, TRF, 2:29.80. JV: Lee, PR, 2:40.77.

200 individual medley: 1, E. Ulvin, PR, 2:30.60. 2, Hovelsrud, PR, 2:34.97. 3, A. Voigt, PR, 2:41.11. 4, Schwab, TRF, 2:58.65. 5, Greene, TRF, 3:01.22. JV: Offerdahl, PR, 3:09.02.

50 freestyle: 1, Klemmer, PR, 26.32. 2, Dalager, TRF, 28.00. 3, Nelson, TRF, 29.08. 4, Damar, PR, 29.29. 5, Vrieze, PR, 29.79. JV: Mitchell, PR, 32.47; Swanson, PR, 34.82.

Diving: 1, Eischens, PR, 181.95 points.

100 butterfly: 1, E. Ulvin, PR, 1:07.57. 2, Smee, PR, 1:16.47. 3, Halsa, TRF, 1:17.80. 4, Vrieze, PR, 1:23.05. 5, Hagevold, TRF, 1:45.31. JV: Offerdahl, PR, 1:31.03.

100 freestyle: 1, Klemmer, PR, 1:00.58. 2, Espe, TRF, 1:02.09. 3, Damar, PR, 1:06.88. 4, Mack, TRF, 1:08.76. 5, Leclaire, TRF, 1:12.63. 6, Nichols, PR, 1:12.72. JV: Swanson, PR, 1:22.89.

500 freestyle: 1, O. Ulvin, PR, 6:08.83. 2, Robbins, PR, 6:38.67. 3, Kaseman, PR, 6:41.85. 4, Rantanen, TRF, 7:17.49. 5, Lundeen, TRF, 7:40.70. JV: Lee, PR, 7:07.83.

200 freestyle relay: 1, Park Rapids (Klemmer, Vrieze, Damar, O. Ulvin), 1:55.28. 2, Thief River Falls, 1:56.89. 3, Park Rapids (C. Voigt, Mitchell, Nichols, Robbins), 2:05.50.

100 backstroke: 1, Dalager, TRF, 1:09.81. 2, Espe, TRF, 1:10.33. 3, A. Voigt, PR, 1:13.66. 4, Smee, PR, 1:14.22. 5, Kaseman, PR, 1:18.32. JV: Mitchell, PR, 1:30.16.

100 breaststroke: 1, Nelson, TRF, 1:11.98. 2, Hovelsrud, PR, 1:14.57. 3, Nichols, PR, 1:26.00. 4, C. Voigt, PR, 1:26.09. 5, Schwab, TRF, 1:33.89.

400 freestyle relay: 1, Thief River Falls, 4:40.17. 2, Thief River Falls, 4:59.13. Exhibition: Park Rapids (E. Ulvin, Smee, Hovelsrud, O. Ulvin), 4:17.57; Park Rapids (Robbins, A. Voigt, Kaseman, C. Voigt), 4:28.07.

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