First-place finishes in the first nine events powered the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to a 103-75 victory over Thief River Falls at the Area High School pool on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Liesl Smee, Massie Lee, Ellie Ulvin and Chloe Voigt opened the meet with a winning time of 2:06.05 in the 200-yard medley relay before Aleah Voigt (in 2:10.52) and Savana Damar (in 2:17.47) went 1-2 in the 200 freestyle. Another 1-2 showing by Emma Vrieze (in 2:30.03) and Chloe Voigt (in 2:37.01) in the 200 individual medley gave the Panthers a 33-13 lead.

Ellie Ulvin led the field in the 50 freestyle in 25.63 before the Panthers went 1-2-3 in diving behind Laney Vrieze’s 141.05 points and Allie Rowland’s runner-up 134.75 points. Ulvin’s winning time of 1:06.62 in the 100 butterfly extended Park Rapids’ advantage to 65-26.

A winning time of 1:01.39 by Damar in the 100 freestyle, a 1-2 effort by Smee (in 6:06.55) and Jess Kaseman (in 6:23.89) in the 500 freestyle, and a 1-2 showing in the 200 freestyle relay gave the Panthers a 96-41 lead. Ulvin, Damar, Kaseman and Chloe Voigt won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:51.94 while Emma Vrieze, Lizzie Seifert, Maria Wagner and Aleah Voigt followed in 1:52.61.

Emma Vrieze’s runner-up 1:12.50 in the 100 backstroke helped make it 103-50 as the Panthers swam exhibition in the final two events. Lee would have finished second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:21.52 and Park Rapids would have gone 1-2 in the 400 freestyle relay behind a 4:18.69 by Emma Vrieze, Kaseman, Allison Offerdahl and Aleah Voigt and a 4:20.12 by Damar, Lee, Maya Deshayes and Smee.

Park Rapids also won the junior varsity meet by a 95-58 margin.

“We’re doing all right. The girls are really working hard,” said Park Rapids head coach Todd Fritze, whose team improved to 2-0 in dual meets. “I’m challenging them to be a little better every day. We’ve had some good practices lately, but we still have a long way to go. I’m happy with where we’re at, but we have to make sure that we keep working hard.”

Park Rapids 103, Thief River Falls 75
Park Rapids JV 95, Thief River Falls JV 58
200 medley relay: 1, Park Rapids (Smee, Lee, Ulvin, Ch. Voigt), 2:06.05. 2, Thief River Falls, 2:06.53. 3, Park Rapids (Wagner, Shepersky, Seifert, Offerdahl), 2:3.03. JV: Park Rapids (Himango, Edevold, Cl. Voigt, Bagstad), 2:27.91; Park Rapids (Lauwagie, Rowland, L. Vrieze, Cederstrom), 2:34.64.
200 freestyle: 1, A. Voigt, PR, 2:10.52. 2, Damar, PR, 2:17.47. 3, Mack, TRF, 2:21.74. 4, Kaseman, PR, 2:22.39. 5, Ek, TRF, 2:23.11. JV: Cederstrom, PR, 2:42.63; Himango, PR, 2:47.95.
200 individual medley: 1, E. Vrieze, PR, 2:30.03. 2, Ch. Voigt, PR, 2:37.01. 3, Espe, TRF, 2:43.84. 4, Greene, TRF, 2:49.87. 5, Wagne,r PR, 2:52.97. JV: Deshayes, PR, 2:46.99; Edevold, PR, 2:52.59.
50 freestyle: 1, Ulvin, PR, 25.63. 2, Dalager, TRF, 26.70. 3, Rantanen, TRF, 28.97. 4, Seifert, PR, 29.36. 5, Mack, TRF, 30.15. 6, Offerdahl, PR, 31.57. JV: Lauwagie, PR, 31.03; Bagstad, PR, 31.10.
Diving: 1, L. Vrieze, PR, 141.05 points. 2, Rowland, PR, 134.75. 3, Hjermstad, PR, 134.55.
100 butterfly: 1, Ulvin, PR, 1:06.62. 2, Halsa, TRF, 1:10.95. 3, Lee, PR, 1:13.21. 4, Seifert, PR, 1:16.40. 5, Greene, TRF, 1:25.56. JV: Cl. Voigt, PR, 1:21.21; Deshayes, PR, 1:21.87.
100 freestyle: 1, Damar, PR, 1:01.39. 2, Rantanen, TRF, 1:02.16. 3, Ch. Voigt, PR, 1:03.64. 4, Budish, TRF, 1:07.11. 5, Anderson, TRF, 1:10.48. 6, Wagner, PR, 1:11.54. JV: Bagstad, PR, 1:10.02; Himango, PR, 1:17.05.
500 freestyle: 1, Smee, PR, 6:06.55. 2, Kaseman, PR, 6:23.89. 3, Halsa, TRF, 6:24.28. 4, Ek, TRF, 6:31.92. 5, Ellingson, TRF, 6:45.15. 6, Offerdahl, PR, 7:06.37.
200 freestyle relay: 1, Park Rapids (Ulvin, Damar, Kaseman, Ch. Voigt), 1:51.94. 2, Park Rapids (E. Vrieze, Seifert, Wagner, A. Voigt), 1:52.61. 3, Thief River Falls, 1:55.11. JV: Park Rapids (Cederstrom, Shepersky, Himango, Deshayes), 2:11.65; Park Rapids (Lauwagie, L. Vrieze, Rowland, Bagstad), 2:12.00.
100 backstroke: 1, Dalager, TRF, 1:08.34. 2, E. Vrieze, PR, 1:12.50. 3, Smee, PR, 1:13.09. 4, Klosterman, TRF, 1:17.98. 5, Budish, TRF, 1:20.87. JV: Edevold, PR, 1:22.62; Cl. Voigt, PR, 1:26.64.
100 breaststroke: 1, Espe, TRF, 1:20.47. 2, Lee, TRF, 1:35.79. 3, Grządzielewski, TRF, 1:41.02. Exhibition: Lee, PR, 1:21.52; Shepersky, PR, 1:23.55; A. Voigt, PR, 1:24.75. JV: Lauwagie, PR, 1:41.71; Rowland, PR, 1:43.24; L. Vrieze, PR, 1:43.32.
400 freestyle relay: 1, Thief River Falls, 4:31.53. 2, Thief River Falls, 4:36.70. Exhibition: Park Rapids (E. Vrieze, Kaseman, Offerdahl, A. Voigt), 4:18.69; Park Rapids (Damar, Lee, Deshayes, Smee), 4:20.12. JV: Park Rapids (Cl. Voigt, Edevold, Cederstrom, Shepersky), 5:02.42.