PARK RAPIDS – Isaac Zinniel played a role in four wins while Jordan Odor and Cameron Runyan competed in three winning events each in the season opener for the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team at the Area High School pool on Friday, Dec. 16.
The Panthers won six events in this triangular meet against Fergus Falls and Bemidji. Fergus Falls won both duals, defeating Park Rapids 102-82 and Bemidji 117-58 while the Panthers earned a split with a 111-69 win over Bemidji.
Odor, Zinniel, Runyan and Malachi Martin opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1:51.40 before Zinniel led the field in the 200 individual medley in 2:13.69. Odor followed with a winning time of 23.77 in the 50 freestyle and Runyan finished first in diving with 201.50 points. Dash Martin was third with 122.75 points.
After Runyan’s runner-up 57.39 in the 100 freestyle and Odor’s runner-up 5:39.26 in the 500 freestyle, Zinniel won the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.14 and joined Odor, Malachi Martin and Runyan in closing the meet by winning the 400 freestyle relay in 3:46.30.
The other top times for the Panthers were turned in by Matt Lichter in the 200 freestyle (fourth in 2:21.76), Malachi Martin in the 100 butterfly (fourth in 1:09.75) and Carter Schiller in the 100 backstroke (third in 1:08.95). Leo Kaufenberg, Dash Martin, Cameron Swanson and Malachi Martin also placed third in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:49.10.
Park Rapids 111, Bemidji 69
Fergus Falls 102, Park Rapids 82
Fergus Falls 117, Bemidji 58
200 medley relay: 1, Park Rapids (Odor, Zinniel, Runyan, M. Martin), 1:51.40. 2, Fergus Falls, 1:52.52. 3, Fergus Falls, 2:00.06. 4, Park Rapids (Schiller, Lichter, D. Martin, Swanson), 2:06.49. 7, Park Rapids (Miller, Sperle, Thorson, K. Martin), 2:38.65.