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Girls swimming & diving: Panthers place 12th at state True Team meet

Visitation led the field with 2,301.50 points at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

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Laura Kaufenberg swam the lead-off leg on Park Rapids' 200-yard freestyle relay team that placed 48th in 2:24.30 at the state Class A True Team meet on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. Vance Carlson / Park Rapids Enterprise

Todd Fritze told the members of the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to enjoy the experience of competing at the state Class A True Team meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center on Thursday, Oct. 21.

The Panthers, who advanced to their first state True Team meet since 2012 by winning the Section 8A title, placed 12th with 634.50 points. Visitation won the state True Team title with 2,301.50 points while Orono was second in this 12-team meet with 1,963 points.

Park Rapids scored 56 points in the 200-yard medley relay with Maya Deshayes, Massie Lee, Claire Voigt and Mylee Edevold leading the way by placing 29th in 2:08.30. Hutchinson took first by breaking the meet record with a 1:47.99.

Emma Vrieze finished 21st in the 200 freestyle in 2:10.60 as the Panthers scored 69.50 points in that event. Visitation’s Ella Passe led the field in 1:55.76.

In the 200 individual medley, Lee led the Panthers to 27 points by placing 34th in 2:32.53. Hailey Farrell of Hutchinson took first in 2:07.05.

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Hutchinson’s Grace Hanson won the 50 freestyle in 23.63 as the Panthers scored 32.50 points in that race. Addison Lauwagie led Park Rapids by placing 34th in 28.05.

Park Rapids scored 51.50 points in diving with Laney Vrieze leading the way by finishing 27th with 98.90 points. Grand Rapids’ Addie Albrecht broke the meet record with 465.35 points.

In the 100 butterfly, the Panthers scored 16 points with Voigt’s 1:13.32 for 41st place leading the way. Delano’s Emma Kern set the pace in 56.36.

Emma Vrieze finished 27th in the 100 freestyle in 59.11 to help the Panthers add 34 points to their team total. Hanson took first in 51.32.

The Panthers scored 47 points in the 500 freestyle as Deshayes placed 29th in 5:57.45. Passe finished first in 5:07.45.

Lauwagie, Lee, Lizzie Seifert and Emma Vrieze clocked a 1:48.13 for 15th place in the 200 freestyle relay. Park Rapids scored 104 points in that event. Hutchinson set a meet record with a 1:37.55.

Kern broke the meet record with a 54.96 in the 100 backstroke. Park Rapids scored 46 points in that race with Lauwagie’s 1:06.95 for 22nd place leading the way.

The Panthers added 55 points in the 100 breaststroke with Lee placing 25th in 1:17.48. Hutchinson’s Madilyn Gehrke was first in 1:08.46.

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Emma Vrieze, Lizzie Seifert, Deshayes and Lauwagie ended the meet by placing 18th in the 400 freestyle relay in 4:01.43 to help the Panthers score their final 96 points. Visitation led the field in 3:37.83.

Team scores: Visitation 2,301.50, Orono 1,963, Delano 1,651.50, Mahtomedi 1,480, Waconia 1,467.50, Breck 1,460.50, Hutchinson 1,416.50, Monticello 1,364, Mankato West 1,340.50, Alexandria 1,321.50, Grand Rapids 1,182, Park Rapids 634.50.
Individual results
200 medley relay: 1, Hutchinson, 1:47.99 (meet record). 29, Park Rapids (Deshayes, Lee, Voigt, Edevold), 2:08.30. 45, Park Rapids (Randall, Himango, Offerdahl, W. Seifert), 2:19.87. 46, Park Rapids (Wagner, G. Shepersky, Schueller, N. Cederstrom), 2:21.29. 48, Park Rapids (Kaufenberg, M. Shepersky, Maninga, Lichter), 2:46.06.
200 freestyle: 1, Passe, Visitation, 1:55.76. 21, E. Vrieze, PR, 2:10.60. 26, L. Seifert, PR, 2:11.95. 31, Deshayes, PR, 2:14.33. 48, M. Cederstrom, PR, 2:35.74.
200 individual medley: 1, Farrell, Hutchinson, 2:07.05. 34, Lee, PR, 2:32.53. 40, Bagstad, PR, 2:35.03. 47, Wagner, PR, 2:47.97. 48, G. Shepersky, PR, 2:52.74.
50 freestyle: 1, Hanson, Hutchinson, 23.63. 34, Lauwagie, PR, 28.05. 41, W. Seifert, PR, 28.79. 43 (tie), Schueller, PR, 29.46. 45, Edevold, PR, 29.63.
Diving: 1, Albrecht, Grand Rapids, 465.35 (meet record). 27, L. Vrieze, PR, 98.90 points. 31 (tie), Rowland, PR, 91.25. 37, Officer, PR, 80.95.
100 butterfly: 1, Kern, Delano, 56.36. 41, Voigt, PR, 1:13.32. 44, Edevold, PR, 1:15.40. 47, Offerdahl, PR, 1:22.16. 48, M. Cederstrom, PR, 1:28.86.
100 freestyle: 1, Hanson, Hutchinson, 51.32. 27, E. Vrieze, PR, 59.11. 44, Bagstad, PR, 1:02.70. 45, Schueller, PR, 1:05.77. 46, N. Cederstrom, PR, 1:05.21.
500 freestyle: 1, Passe, Visitation, 5:07.45. 29, Deshayes, PR, 5:57.45. 30, L. Seifert, PR, 5:57.86. 42, Himango, PR, 6:22.08. 48, W. Seifert, PR, 7:05.63.
200 freestyle relay: 1, Hutchinson, 1:37.55 (meet record). 15, Park Rapids (Lauwagie, Lee, L. Seifert, E. Vrieze), 1:48.13. 34, Park Rapids (Himango, Edevold, W. Seifert, Bagstad), 1:57.22. 47, Park Rapids (Offerdahl, Randall, Grande, M. Cederstrom), 2:06.01. 48, Park Rapids (Kaufenberg, M. Shepersky, Lichter, Maninga), 2:24.30.
100 backstroke: 1, Kern, Delano, 54.96. 22, Lauwagie, PR, 1:06.95. 38, Wagner, PR, 1:13.13. 42, Voigt, PR, 1:14.46. 48, Randall, PR, 1:25.08.
100 breaststroke: 1, Gehrke, Hutchinson, 1:08.46. 25, Lee, PR, 1:17.48. 36, N. Cederstrom, PR, 1:21.15. 39, G. Shepersky, PR, 1:22.03. 41, Himango, PR, 1:22.03.
400 freestyle relay: 1, Visitation, 3:37.83. 18, Park Rapids (E. Vrieze, L. Seifert, Deshayes, Lauwagie), 4:01.43. 34, Park Rapids (Bagstad, Schueller, N. Cederstrom, Voigt), 4:20.15. 47, Park Rapids (Wagner, Offerdahl, M. Cederstrom, G. Shepersky), 4:49.78.

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1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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