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Lakers break records during Mid-State meet

Laker Freshman Katie Larson swims the 100-yard breaststroke Friday. She finished ninth. (Brian Wierima/DL Newspapers)1 / 3
Kayla Lang races in the 100-yard backstroke during the Mid-State Conference meet Friday. Lang finished seventh with a time of 1:12.29. (Brian Wierima/DL Newspapers)2 / 3
Laker Libby Larson swims the 500-yard freestyle during the Mid-State meet. Larson broke the conference record with a time of 5:32.72. (Brian Wierima/DL Newspapers)3 / 3

The Detroit Lakes girls' swimming and diving team set two records during the Mid-State Conference meet, while the Perham Yellowjackets won the gold with 418 points Friday inside the BTD Aquatics Center.

Junior Libby Larson became the new 500-yard freestyle conference record-holder with her 5:32.72 time, which topped the former time of 5:35.59, set by Emma Lawrenz in 2006.

The Lakers were not finished with their record setting, as the foursome of Melissa Paakh, Andrea Weiss, Ashtin Spies and Larson set the pool record in the 400 freestyle relay team with a mark of 3:59.05.

That toppled the Fergus Falls' record of 5:40.93 set in 2008.

Depth was the key issue for the Lakers in the overall meet, as the Lakers finished third to first-place Perham and second-place Park Rapids.

The Lakers had six event winners and four silver place finishes.

Senior Shayna Dugger defended her conference crown in diving with a score of 324.45, while junior Bre Halbur finished third with a 300.40.

Paakh was the 100-butterfly champion with a 59.39, while Larson claimed her third title of the meet by winning the 200 freestyle with a 2:06.98.

Junior Andrea Weiss scored a victory in the 50 freestyle with a time of 26.79, while Ashtin Spies was second at 27.25.

Spies won her gold in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:05.05.

The Lakers will prepare for their Section 8-1A meet in Warroad, Friday, Nov. 13.

Laker results

Mid-State Conference meet at Detroit Lakes in the BTD Aquatics Center, Friday, Oct. 30.

Team results: Perham 418, Park Rapids 400, Detroit Lakes 382, Staples-Motley 99.

DL event results -- 200-yard medley relay: 3. DL A (Ashtin Spies, Andrea Weiss, Melissa Paakh, Bre Halbur) 2:01.87; 7. DL B (Ayla Erickson, Jennifer Bellware, Katie Larson, Taylor Long) 2:26.12...200 freestyle: 1. Libby Larson 2:06.98; 7. Maddy Schiller 2:30.01; 11. Erickson 2:36.83...200 individual medley: 3. Miranda Olson 2:29.13; 8. Katie Larson 2:44.59; 11. Grace Livermore 3:04.86; 12. Katie Arens 3:27.11...50 freestyle: 1. Weiss 26.79; 2. Spies 27.25; 8. Taylor Long 30.28...Diving: 1. Shayna Dugger 324.45; 3. Bre Halbur 300.40; 4. Taryn Kobriger 284.85; 5. Kyley Foster 274.30...100 butterfly: 1. Paakh 59.39; 11. Livermore 1:35.53; 12. Arens 1:46.62; 13. Sam Marihart 1:48.78...100 freestyle: 2. Weiss 58.77; 7. Lang 1:02.72; 10. Maddy Schiller 1:04.54; 15. Sam Hanson 1:12.87...500 freestyle: 1. L. Libby (Conference record) 5:32.72; 2. Olson 5:48.87; 11. Long 7:13.13...200 freestyle relay: 3. DL A (Lang, Halbur, Olson, L. Larson) 1:51.97; 6. DL B (Schiller, Hanson, Erickson, K. Larson) 2:06.21...100 backstroke: 1. Spies 1:05.05; 7. Lang 1:12.29; 11. Erickson 1:19.91...100 breaststroke: 2. Paakh 1:11.20; 9. K. Larson 1:26.21; 12. Marihart 1:35.36; 13. Bellware 1:35.88...400 freestyle relay: 1. DL A (Paakh, Weiss, Spies, L. Larson) 3:59.05 (Pool record); 3. DL B (Olson, Lang, Halbur, Schiller) 4:12.31.

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