Girls Swimming and Diving: Park Rapids opens season with impressive win
The Panthers won 8 events in coasting to a 117-69 victory over Detroit Lakes.
PARK RAPIDS – In the 2021 finale, Detroit Lakes finished 1-2 in the final event to rally for a 97-89 victory and prevent the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team from finishing the season with an undefeated record in dual meets.
In the first dual meet of 2022, the Panthers made sure Detroit Lakes wouldn’t have a chance to duplicate that finish in this rematch of Mid-State Conference rivals.
A 1-2 finish in the first event set the tone as Park Rapids opened the season by coasting to an impressive 117-69 victory over the Lakers at the Area High School pool on Thursday, Sept. 1.
The Panthers, who went 5-1 in dual meets last season, used a winning time of 2:03.06 by Addison Lauwagie, Massie Lee, Claire Voigt and Emma Vrieze and a runner-up clocking of 2:13.94 by Maria Wagner, Gabi Shepersky, Amelia Bagstad and Nora Cederstrom in the 200-yard medley relay to take an early 12-2 lead.
A 2-3-4 finish by Lizzie Seifert (in 2:15.29), Maya Deshayes (in 2:15.48) and Mylee Edevold (in 2:17.48) in the 200 freestyle along with a 1-2-3 sweep by Lee (in 2:34.70), Bagstad (in 2:36.76) and McKenzie Himango (in 2:41.13) in the 200 individual medley pushed the advantage to 34-12.
After Lauwagie and Vrieze led the way in the 50 freestyle with respective times of 26.26 and 26.32, Allie Rowland (with 160.35 points) and Laney Vrieze (with 158.70 points) finished 3-4 in diving to extend the lead to 49-29.
A 2-3-4 showing by Edevold (in 1:09.18), Voigt (in 1:12.35) and Himango (in 1:14.40) in the 100 butterfly was followed by a 1-3 effort by Vrieze (in 59.02) and Bagstad (in 1:03.69) in the 100 freestyle as Park Rapids held a 68-42 advantage.
Deshayes won the 500 freestyle in 6:02.35 to lead another 1-2-3 sweep as Seifert was second in 6:16.34 and Cederstrom took third in 6:34.09. The Panthers won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:50.76 behind Lauwagie, Seifert, Edevold and Deshayes while Voigt, Shepersky, Bagstad and Himango clocked a 1:59.75 for third place and a 90-50 advantage.
Park Rapids won the next two events with Lauwagie clocking a 1:08.43 in the 100 backstroke and Lee clocking a 1:19.51 in the 100 breaststroke. Voigt was third in 1:12.29 in the 100 backstroke and Cederstrom (in 1:21.80) and Shepersky (in 1:22.06) posted a 3-4 finish in the 100 breaststroke.
Vrieze, Seifert, Deshayes and Lee capped off the meet with a runner-up 4:06.29 in the 400 freestyle relay. Edevold, Himango, Wagner and Cederstrom took third in the final relay in 4:26.85.
The Panthers also coasted to a 122-40 victory in the junior varsity meet.
“We told the girls not to worry about the outcome, but to just do your job. We had a lot of good races against DL. Kudos to the girls for doing what we’re asking them to do,” said Park Rapids head coach Todd Fritze. “We’re in a good spot right now, but we still have a lot of work to do.”