Four DL swimmers had all-conference finishes as the Lakers placed second to Park Rapids at the Mid-State Conference championships at the DLCCC Aquatic Center Friday, Feb. 8.

“We had a really good meet; the boys performed very well,” Laker head coach Justin Hingst said. “They had many PR times and have set themselves up really well for the section meet. I told the boys before the meet that this would be their last chance to compete at home and to make the most of it.”

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Senior Tucker Strawsell led the way with individual victories and personal best times in the  200-freestyle (1:55.02) and 500-freestyle (5:10.14).

“I had a special message for Tucker that this is his last home meet to give his all,” Hingst said. “He really impressed me with 3 PR swims.”

Strawsell also set a new personal mark in his 100-free leg (52.48) of the first place and all-conference 400-freestyle relay (3:46.45) with teammates Elijah Kitzmann, Jackson Zurn and John Gulon.

Kitzmann earned another conference honor in capturing the 100-free victory in 56.84.

Earning honorable mention were: Zurn as the 200-IM runner-up and a third place finish in the 100-fly; Kitzmann placed third in the 50-free and was on the runner-up 200-free relay team with Gulon, Micah Solberg and Strawsell; Gulon added a runner-up finish in the 100-backstroke.

Other personal bests: Zane Weaver 11-dive score 286.70 and 50-freestyle swim 33.34; Evan Thomas 11-dive score 190.65 and 50-free 36.76; Zurn 50-breaststroke in the 200-Medley relay 39.06; 200-IM 2:26.34, 100-fly 1:06.63 and 100-free leg of the 400-free relay 59.02; Luther Van Offelen 200-freestyle 2:48.18; Kitzmann 50-free 25.12 and 100-freestyle 56.84; Gulon 50-free in 200-freestyle relay 24.83.

Two meet records were broken by Park Rapids swimmers: Spencer Fritze 22.57 in the 50-free and Marcus Benson 55.60 in 100-back.

The Panthers scored 489 points to win the team title. Detroit Lakes placed second with 274; Perham/New York Mills was third with 264.


Mid-State Conference Championships

Park Rapids Area 489, Detroit Lakes 274, Perham/NY Mills 264

1m Diving

1 Fritze, Spencer PR 427.40

4 Weaver, Zane DL 286.70

5 Thomas, Evan DL 190.65

200 Medley relay

1 PR A 1:45.71

4 DL A 2:18.47 (Biederman, Zurn, Van Offelen, Solberg)

200 Freestyle

1 Strawsell, Tucker DL 1:55.02

7 Van Offelen, Luther DL 2:48.18

200 Individual Medley

1 Benson, Marcus PR 2:09.83

2 Zurn, Jackson DL 2:26.34

50 Freestyle

1 Fritze, Spencer SR PRPD 22.57# 16

3 Kitzmann, Elijah DL 25.12 12

4 Solberg, Micah DL 25.99 11

10 Weaver, Zane DL 33.34 3

12 Thomas, Evan DL 36.76

100 Butterfly

1 Fritze, Zach PR 1:01.05

3 Zurn, Jackson DL 1:06.63

5 Solberg, Micah DL 1:14.72

6 Van Offelen, Luther DL 1:26.95

100 Freestyle

1 Kitzmann, Elijah DL 56.84

6 Biederman, Justin DL 1:13.48

500 Freestyle

1 Strawsell, Tucker DL5:10.14

200-Freestyle relay

1 PR A 1:33.66

2 DL A 1:40.57 (Gulon, Solberg, Kitzmann, Strawsell)

6 DL B 2:21.50 (Biederman, Thomas, Weaver, Van Offelen)

100 Backstroke

1 Benson, Marcus PR 55.60#

2 Gulon, John DL 59.99

7 Biederman, Justin DL 1:25.36

100 Breaststroke

1 Breitweser, Seth PR 1:09.91

400 Freestyle relay

1 DL A 3:46.45 (Kitzmann, Zurn, Gulon, Strawsell)