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Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team remains undefeated in dual win over Perham-New York Mills

Results from Thursday's swimming and diving dual in Park Rapids.

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Luci Meyer swims in the 100-yard breaststroke on Sept. 23, 2021. Perham-New York Mills lost to undefeated Park Rapids 116-70 on Thursday night. (Vance Carlson / Forum News Service)

Todd Fritze is never truly satisfied with the performances by his Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team.

However the Panthers’ head coach is satisfied with the progress his team is making this season.

Park Rapids improved to 5-0 in dual meets with a 116-70 Mid-State Conference victory over Perham/New York Mills at the Area High School pool on Thursday, Sept. 23.

“I thought the girls swam really well,” said Fritze. “I’m happy with where we’re at, but I still think we can be faster. We’re in a grind right now and everybody is tired. Mentally we have to do better in practice. We can’t make mental mistakes. We’re training for November.”

The Panthers remained undefeated on the season by winning seven of the 12 events.

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Addison Lauwagie, Massie Lee, Emma Vrieze and Claire Voigt opened this dual meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:04.28.

The Yellowjackets won the next two events behind Taylor Ziemke’s 2:14.45 in the 200 freestyle and Irene Mursu’s 2:31.62 in the 200 individual medley. Mylee Edevold clocked a runner-up 2:15.09 and Amelia Bagstad was third in 2:19.84 in the 200 freestyle while Maya Deshayes’ 2:37.83 and Voigt’s 2:41.05 resulted in a 2-3 finish in the 200 individual medley for the Panthers.

Vrieze led the field in the 50 freestyle in 26.01 and Maria Wagner was third in 30.92 before PNYM went 1-2 in diving with Brittney Lorentz’s 235.45 points leading the way. Allie Rowland was third with a personal best 180.60 points as Park Rapids held a 41-37 lead.

The Panthers took control with back-to-back 1-2-3 showings in the next two races. Lauwagie (1:06.66), Lee (1:10.70) and Voigt (1:13.74) swept the 100 butterfly before Vrieze (57.58), Edevold (1:02.14) and Bagstad (1:03.01) led the field in the 100 freestyle.

Seifert’s winning time of 6:00.21 and Deshayes’ runner-up 6:06.83 in the 500 freestyle were followed by a 1-2 finish in the 200 freestyle relay with Lauwagie, Lee, Edevold and Vrieze clocking a winning time of 1:48.50 and Bagstad, Nora Cederstrom, McKenzie Himango and Deshayes following in 1:57.77. Those efforts in that relay gave Park Rapids a 91-49 advantage.

Irene Mursu took first in the 100 backstroke for PNYM in 1:08.55 while Lauwagie (1:09.27) and Wagner (1:12.80) followed. After Lee won the 100 breaststroke in 1:18.31 and Allison Offerdahl was second in 1:32.19, the Panthers ended the meet with a runner-up 4:17.90 by Himango, Deshayes, Offerdahl and Seifert in the 400 freestyle relay as PNYM took first in 4:14.27.

PARK RAPIDS 116, PERHAM-NEW YORK MILLS 70

200 medley relay: 1, Park Rapids (Lauwagie, Lee, E. Vrieze, Voigt), 2:04.28. 2, Perham, 2:07.31. 3, Park Rapids (Wagner, Offerdahl, L. Seifert, N. Cederstrom), 2:16.57. JV: Park Rapids (Grande, M. Shepersky, Schueller, W. Seifert), 2:35.68.

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200 freestyle: 1, Ziemke, PNYM, 2:14.45. 2, Edevold, PR, 2:15.09. 3, Bagstad, PR, 2:19.84. 4, Himango, PR, 2:21.43. 5, Lohse, PNYM, 3:12.40. JV: M. Cederstrom, PR, 2:41.14; Grande, PR, 2:41.41.

200 individual medley: 1, I. Mursu, PNYM, 2:31.62. 2, Deshayes, PR, 2:37.83. 3, Voigt, PR, 2:41.05. 4, Schultz, PNYM, 2:45.94. 5, N. Cederstrom, PR, 2:46.59. JV: M. Shepersky, PR, 3:27.16.

50 freestyle: 1, E. Vrieze, PR, 26.01. 2, M. Meyer, PNYM, 30.70. 3, Wagner, PR, 30.92. 4, Vickmark, PNYM, 31.29. 5, Offerdahl, PR, 32.48. JV: W. Seifert, PR, 29.84. 2, Kaufenberg, PR, 35.83.

Diving: 1, Lorentz, PNYM, 235.45 points. 2, McAllister, PNYM, 187.65. 3, Rowland, PR, 180.60. 4, Ruther, PNYM, 162.05. 5, L. Vrieze, PR, 127.50. 6, Officer, PR, 120.50.

100 butterfly: 1, Lauwagie, PR, 1:06.66. 2, Lee, PR, 1:10.70. 3, Voigt, PR, 1:13.74. 4, Vickmark, PNYM, 1:19.06. 5, L. Meyer, PNYM, 1:28.80. JV: Schueller, PR, 1:33.50; Randall, PR, 1:42.28.

100 freestyle: 1, E. Vrieze, PR, 57.58. 2, Edevold, PR, 1:02.14. 3, Bagstad, PR, 1:03.01. 4, M. Meyer, PNYM, 1:06.19. 5, McDonald, PNYM, 1:08.59. JV: Maninga, PR, 1:18.28; Kaufenberg, PR, 1:22.02.

500 freestyle: 1, L. Seifert, PR, 6:00.21. 2, Deshayes, PR, 6:06.83. 3, Ziemke, PNYM, 6:09.70. 4, Himango, PR, 6:20.12. 5, K. Mursu, PNYM, 6:46.93. JV: W. Seifert, PR, 6:51.43; M. Cederstrom, PR, 7:06.39.

200 freestyle relay: 1, Park Rapids (Lauwagie, Lee, Edevold, E. Vrieze), 1:48.50. 2, Park Rapids (Bagstad, N. Cederstrom, Himango, Deshayes), 1:57.77. 3, Perham, 2:05.38. JV: Park Rapids (Randall, Kaufenberg, Maninga, M. Cederstrom), 2;20.44.

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100 backstroke: 1, I. Mursu, PNYM, 1:08.55. 2, Lauwagie, PR, 1:09.27. 3, Wagner, PR, 1:12.80. 4, L. Seifert, PR, 1:13.87. 5, Schultz, PNYM, 1:19.66. JV: Schueller, PR, 1:18.78; Maninga, PR, 1:31.02.

100 breaststroke: 1, Lee, PR, 1:18.31. 2, Offerdahl, PR, 1:32.19. 3, McDonald, PNYM, 1:32.33. 4, K. Mursu, PNYM, 1:34.70. 5, Olson, PNYM, 1:42.74. JV: M. Shepersky, PR, 1:37.91; Randall, PR, 1:41.36; Grande, PR, 1:45.54.

400 freestyle relay: 1, Perham, 4:14.27. 2, Park Rapids (Himango, Deshayes, Offerdahl, L. Seifert), 4:17.90. 3, Park Rapids (Bagstad, Wagner, N. Cederstrom, Edevold), 4:19.48. JV: Park Rapids (Schueller, Kaufenberg, Maninga, Grande), 5:05.47; Park Rapids (M. Cederstrom, Randall, M. Shepersky, W. Seifert), 5:13.99.

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