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Boys Swimming & Diving: Melrose/Sauk Centre hands Park Rapids first loss

The Fusion used three 1-2-3 sweeps to spark a 102-72 victory.

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Josh David clocked a 3:01.58 to finish fourth in the 200-yard individual medley during the Panthers' dual meet against Melrose/Sauk Centre on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. Vance Carlson / Park Rapids Enterprise
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PARK RAPIDS – A 1-2 finish in the first event and three 1-2-3 sweeps powered Melrose/Sauk Centre to a 102-72 victory over the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team at the Area High School pool on Thursday, Jan. 6.

The Fusion jumped out to a 12-2 lead by going 1-2 in the 200-yard medley relay before Park Rapids countered with winning times by Jordan Odor in the 200 freestyle (1:57.46) and Isaac Zinniel in the 200 individual medley (2:14.34). Malachi Martin clocked a runner-up time of 26.03 in the 50 freestyle before Cameron Runyan took first in diving with 184.15 points as the Panthers trailed 46-26.

M/SC followed with 1-2-3 sweeps in the 100 butterfly and 100 freestyle to claim a 72-32 advantage. Odor clocked a runner-up 5:31.82 in the 500 freestyle before anchoring the Panthers’ 200 freestyle relay team to a winning time of 1:38.33. Malachi Martin, Runyan and Zininel also swam on that relay.

Another 1-2-3 sweep in the 100 backstroke gave the Fusion a 102-48 lead. M/SC swam exhibition in the final two events as Zinniel clocked a 1:08.33 to win the 100 breaststroke before joining Odor, Runyan and Martin in the 400 freestyle relay that clocked a winning time of 3:50.76.

The loss dropped the Panthers’ record in dual meets to 3-1.

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Melrose/Sauk Centre 102, Park Rapids 72
200 medley relay: 1, M/SC, 1:50.45. 2, M/SC, 2:01.10. 3, Park Rapids (Lichter, Graham, D. Martin, Schiller), 2:17.81. 4, Park Rapids (Dahring, DeBlieck, David, Swanson), 2:22.06.
200 freestyle: 1, Odor, PR, 1:57.46. 2, Toavs-Etcheverry, M/SC, 1:57.90. 3, Ronning, M/SC, 2:07.59. 4, Eveslage, M/SC, 2:18.87. 5, Graham, PR, 2:28.64.
200 individual medley: 1, Zinniel, PR, 2:14.34. 2, Robischon, M/SC, 2:20.25. 3, Anderson, M/SC, 2:30.41. 4, David, PR, 3:01.58.
50 freestyle: 1, Berscheit, M/SC, 23.95. 2, M. Martin, PR, 26.03. 3, Kerfeld, M/SC, 26.18. 4, Weber, M/SC, 26.71. 5, Swanson, PR, 28.35. 6, DeBlieck, PR, 29.98. JV: Thorson, PR, 35.89; Hoogakker, PR, 36.38.
Diving: 1, Runyan, PR, 184.15 points. 2, Stalboerger, M/SC, 173.15. 3, Braun, M/SC, 143.30.
100 butterfly: 1, Robischon, M/SC, 1:01.73. 2, Kraemer, M/SC, 1:03.01. 3, Ad. Wilwerding, M/SC, 1:03.58. 4, Runyan, PR, 1:11.90. 5, David, PR, 1:26.44.
100 freestyle: 1, Eveslage, M/SC, 59.14. 2, Kerfeld, M/SC, 59.50. 3, Weber, M/SC, 1:00.43. 4, Lichter, PR, 1:02.62. 5, Swanson, PR, 1:05.06. 6,, D. Martin, PR, 1:09.51. JV: Thorson, PR, 1:22.42; Hoogakker, PR, 1:28.44.
500 freestyle: 1, Toavs-Etcheverry, M/SC, 5:18.29. 2, Odor, PR, 5:31.82. 3, Ronning, M/SC, 5:55.39. 4, Van Beck, M/SC, 6:09.69. 5, Schiller, PR, 6:26.38.
200 freestyle relay: 1, Park Rapids (M. Martin, Runyan, Zinniel, Odor), 1:38.33. 2, M/SC, 1:40.64. 3, M/SC, 1:46.88. 4, Park Rapids (Lichter, Graham, D. Martin, Schiller), 1:55.87. JV: Park Rapids (Dahring, DeBlieck, Hoogakker, Thorson), 2:25.13.
100 backstroke: 1, Ad. Wilwerding, M/SC, 58.01. 2, Abel, M/SC, 1:10.66. 3, Al. Wilwerding, M/SC, 1:10.70. 4, M. Martin, PR, 1:13.39. 5, Schiller, PR, 1:17.91. 6, Dahring, PR, 1:38.07.
100 breaststroke: 1, Zinniel, PR, 1:08.33. 2, DeBlieck, PR, 1:28.16.
400 freestyle relay: 1, Park Rapids (Odor, Runyan, M. Martin, Zinniel), 3:50.76. 2, Park Rapids (Lichter, D. Martin, Graham, David), 4:33.70. JV: Park Rapids (Swanson, Hoogakker, Thorson, Dahring), 5:32.45.

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Caleb Swanson finished fifth in the 50-yard freestyle in 28.35 during the Panthers' meet against Melrose/Sauk Centre on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. Vance Carlson / Park Rapids Enterprise

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