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Strong finish propels Panthers past Lakers

The Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team improved to 2-0 in MId-State Conference dual meets with a 91-82 victory at Detroit Lakes.

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Elliott Nichols won the 50-yard freestyle in 25.16 and led off the winning 200-yard freestyle relay team in Park Rapids' victory at Detroit Lakes on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

After trailing for most of the meet, the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team used three straight winning performances to rally for a 91-82 victory over Detroit Lakes on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

The host Lakers jumped out to a 10-4 lead and held a 44-43 advantage before Marcus Benson’s winning time of 50.48 in the 100-yard freestyle tied this Mid-State Conference dual at 51-51 before a 1-2 showing by Jordan Odor (in 5:49.95) and Dominik Backmann (in 6:54.41) in the 500 freestyle gave Park Rapids a 61-54 edge. Elliott Nichols, Isaac Zinniel, Jacob Zinniel and Odor teamed up to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:46.54 as the Panthers held a 71-58 cushion with three events to go.

Detroit Lakes won the 100 backstroke and went 1-2 in the 100 breaststroke to cut the gap to 81-78, but a winning time of 3:41.22 by Odor, Isaac Zinniel, Cameron Runyan and Benson in the 400 freestyle relay sealed the win.

Park Rapids stayed close in the early going behind a runner-up 1:55.08 by Benson, Jacob Zinniel, Nichols and Runyan in the 200 medley relay; Odor’s winning time of 2:06.56 in the 200 freestyle; Benson’s winning time of 2:07.90 in the 200 individual medley; Nichols’ winning time of 25.16 in the 50 freestyle; Runyan’s top score of 155.05 points in diving; and Nichols’ runner-up time of 1:01.33 in the 100 butterfly.

The Panthers then won four of the final six events to pull off the win and improve to 2-0 in conference duals and 2-3 overall.

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“Both teams came to race and it was an exciting meet,” said Park Rapids head coach Megan Rykhus. “You could feel the energy in the pool area and the boys were ready to go. They swam extremely well.”

Park Rapids 91, Detroit Lakes 82
200 medley relay: 1, Detroit Lakes, 1:51.55. 2, Park Rapids (Benson, J. Zinniel, Nichols, Runyan), 1:55.08. 3, Detroit Lakes, 2:17.63. 4, Park Rapids (Martin, Graham, Kaufenberg, Backmann), 2:23.08. JV: Park Rapids (Lichter, David, Jenkins, Hoyt), 2:54.82.
200 freestyle: 1, Odor, PR, 2:06.56. 2, Kitzmann, DL, 2:14.27. 3, I. Zinniel, PR, 2:18.94. 4, Erickson, DL, 2:53.31. 5, Wouters, DL, 3:04.13. JV: Smee, PR, 2:45.56.
200 individual medley: 1, Benson, PR, 2:07.90. 2, Zurn, DL, 2:18.45. 3, Biederman, DL, 2:46.66. 4, Martin, PR, 3:00.57. JV: Graham, PR, 2:55.22.
50 freestyle: 1, Nichols, PR, 25.16. 2, Bakken, DL, 26.72. 3, Kaufenberg, PR, 29.14. 4, Swanson,DL, 32.69. 5, Barberg, DL, 35.16. JV: Lichter, PR, 35.47; Hoyt, PR, 45.01.
Diving: 1, Runyan, PR, 155.05 points. 2, Weaver, DL, 151.50. 3, Thomas, DL, 116.85.
100 butterfly: 1, Zurn, DL. 2, Nichols, PR, 1:01.33. 3, Kaufenberg, PR, 1:33.01.
100 freestyle: 1, Benson, PR, 50.48. 2, Gulon, DL, 53.69. 3, Kitzmann, DL, 56.23. 4, J. Zinniel, PR, 1:00.36. JV: Jenkins, PR, 1:13.26.
500 freestyle: 1, Odor, PR, 5:49.95. 2, Backmann, PR, 6:54.41. 3, Biederman, DL, 6:57.10.
200 freestyle relay: 1, Park Rapids (Nichols, I. Zinniel, J. Zinniel, Odor), 1:46.54. 2, Detroit Lakes, 1:48.52. 3, Park Rapids (Kaufenberg, Backmann, Jenkins, Martin), 2:03.14. JV: Park Rapids (David, Hoyt, Smee, Lichter), 2:27.09.
100 backstroke: 1, Gulon, DL, 59.91. 2, I. Zinniel, PR, 1:09.72. 3, Runyan, PR, 1:12.04. 4, Barberg, DL, 1:22.43. JV: David, PR, 1:33.70.
100 breaststroke: 1, Bakken, DL, 1:13.79. 2, Gallatin, DL, 1:25.11. 3, Graham, PR, 1:31.39. 4, Swanson, DL, 1:42.47. JV: Smee, PR, 1:45.90.
400 freestyle relay: 1, Park Rapids (Odor, I. Zinniel, Runyan, Benson), 3:51.22. 2, Detroit Lakes, 4:11.02. 3, Park Rapids (Backmann, Jenkins, Graham, Martin), 4:54.49. JV: Park Rapids (Hoyt, Smee, David, Lichter), 5:45.29.

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