PARK RAPIDS – Eight 1-2 finishes kept the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team undefeated in dual meets.
The Panthers won nine of the first 11 events before swimming exhibition in the final relay in coasting to a 119-65 Mid-State Conference victory over Perham/New York Mills in the final home meet of the season at the Area High School pool on Thursday, Sept. 22.
Park Rapids claimed a 12-2 lead by going 1-2 in the 200-yard medley relay. Claire Voigt, Massie Lee, Avery Schueller and Addison Lauwagie led the way in 2:07.64 while Maria Wagner, Gabi Shepersky, Maya Deshayes and Lizzie Seifert followed in 2:09.54.
After Emma Vrieze won the 200 freestyle in 2:06.10 and Nora Cederstrom took third in 2:17.64, the Panthers posted 1-2 showings in the next two events. Deshayes (in 2:29.69) and Voigt (in 2:39.83) set the pace in the 200 individual medley while Seifert (in 27.49) and Mylee Edevold (in 27.60) led the field in the 50 freestyle as Park Rapids built a 45-17 lead.
PNYM went 1-2 in diving with Allie Rowland finishing third with 175.95 points.
A 1-2-3 sweep in the next two events pushed the Panthers’ lead to 77-33. Vrieze (in 1:07.22), Lee (in 1:11.36) and Wagner (in 1:15.89) led the sweep in the 100 butterfly before Lauwagie (in 57.81), Deshayes (in 1:00.87) and Edevold (in 1:01.25) produced a sweep in the 100 freestyle.
Voigt’s runner-up 6:11.06 and Cederstrom’s 6:20.29 for third place in the 500 freestyle were followed by a 1-2 showing in the 200 freestyle relay as Seifert, Shepersky, Vrieze and McKenzie Himango clocked a 1:53.95 and Schueller, Amelia Bagstad, Edevold and Cederstrom followed in 1:54.58.
Two more 1-2 finishes gave the Panthers a 119-53 advantage. Lauwagie won the 100 backstroke in 1:06.17 and Bagstad was second in 1:11.95 while Lee led the field in the 100 breaststroke in 1:18.35 and Schueller was the runner-up in 1:22.54.
Park Rapids swam exhibition in the 400 freestyle relay. The Panthers would have posted another 1-2 showing as Deshayes, Cederstrom, Seifert and Schueller went 4:03.49 and Vrieze, Himango, Wagner and Lauwagie finished in 4:07.81.
The win lifted the Panthers’ record in dual meets to 4-0.
Park Rapids also won the junior varsity meet by a 121-38 margin.
Park Rapids 119, Perham/New York Mills 65
200 medley relay: 1, Park Rapids (Voigt, Lee, Schueller, Lauwagie), 2:07.64. 2, Park Rapids (Wagner, G. Shepersky, Deshayes, L. Seifert), 2:09.54. 3, Perham, 2:13.94. JV: Park Rapids (Langbehn, Lichter, M. Cederstrom, W. Seifert), 2:25.12; Park Rapids (Grewe, M. Shepersky, Grande, Sather), 2:32.77.
200 freestyle relay: 1, Park Rapids (L. Seifert, G. Shepersky, E. Vrieze, Himango), 1:53.95. 2, Park Rapids (Schueller, Bagstad, Edevold, N. Cederstrom), 1:54.58. 3, Perham, 1:56.41. JV: Park Rapids (K. Rowland, Officer, A. Rowland, L. Vrieze), 2:17.88; Park Rapids (Kaufenberg, Sather, M. Shepersky, Randall), 2:19.43.