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Boys Swimming and Diving: Park Rapids' Isaac Zinniel and Jordan Odor place at state meet

The Panthers score 5 points to finish 29th in the team standings.

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MINNEAPOLIS – Park Rapids’ Isaac Zinniel and Jordan Odor capped off the season by placing at the state Class A boys swimming and diving meet at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota on Saturday, March 5.

Zinniel finished 15th in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:04.99 to score 2 points while Odor finished 14th in the 100-yard backstroke in 56.13 for 3 points. The Panthers finished 29th in the team standings with 5 points.

In the finals of the 200 individual medley, Zinniel had splits of 25.38 in the butterfly, 32.23 in the breaststroke, 36.89 in the backstroke and 30.49 in the freestyle. Breck/Blake’s James Pan won the state title in 1:48.12. Zinniel advanced to the consolation finals by placing 15th out of 21 qualifiers during preliminaries with splits of 25.46, 32.79, 37.32 and 29.76 for a 2:05.33. Zinniel was seeded No. 18 with a 2:07.08.

Odor clocked splits of 26.36 and 29.77 in the consolation finals after having splits of 26.95 and 29.68 for a 56.63 for 15th place out of 21 qualifiers during the preliminaries. Breck/Blake’s Charlie Crosby won the state title in 46.64. Odor entered state seeded No. 15 with a 56.19.

Breck/Blake won the state team title with 495.50 points with Alexandria finishing a distant second with 203 points. Melrose/Sauk Centre (22nd with 21 points) and Detroit Lakes (30th with 4 points) were the other Section 5A teams that scored points. A total of 32 teams scored points in the Class A meet.

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The Panthers missed advancing to the second day during the diving preliminaries on Thursday, March 3, and in three events during the swimming preliminaries on Friday, March 4.

Cameron Runyan (21st with 128.50 points) and Odor (24th with 116.90 points) didn’t qualify for the semifinal round in diving. Tyler Gorden of Red Wing earned the final spot for the semifinals with 131.40 points while Chisago Lakes’ Storm Opdahl won the state title with 478.15 points. There were 24 divers who qualified for state with the top 20 after the first five dives advancing to the semifinals and the top 16 after the next three dives qualifying for the finals.

The 200-yard medley relay team of Odor (26.23 split in the backstroke), Zinniel (29.36 split in the breaststroke), Runyan (26.76 split in the butterfly) and Malachi Martin (23.95 split in the freestyle) finished 23rd out of 26 teams in 1:46.30 while the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Odor (23.39), Martin (23.82), Runyan (23.85) and Zinniel (22.09) placed 20th out of 22 teams in 1:33.15. Simley claimed the final spot in the consolation finals in the 200 medley relay in 1:43.35 while Breck/Blake won the state title in 1:29.28. In the 200 freestyle relay, Delano claimed the final spot in the consolation finals in 1:31.65 while Breck/Blake led the field in the finals in 1:25.61. Park Rapids was seeded No. 26 with a 1:46.58 in the 200 medley relay and No. 19 with a 1:32.85 in the 200 freestyle relay entering state.

Zinniel placed 20th out of 23 qualifiers in the 100-yard breaststroke with splits of 30.30 and 34.54 for a 1:04.84. The final spot in the consolation finals went to St. Paul Como Park’s Kai Sackreiter in 1:03.33. Pan won the state title in 54.37. Zinniel entered state seeded No. 23 with a 1:05.05.

1982 Dawson-Boyd High School graduate
1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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