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SEC tough on Wolfpack swimmers

Park's Nick Bibeau finished third in the 200 IM and helped the medley relay team finish second in a 101-82 loss to Roseville last week.

In the sturdy Suburban East Conference swimming wins are hard to come by. Park, still searching for its first SEC victory of the year, traveled to Roseville in what was perhaps its best opportunity for a conference "W." However, the Raiders proved too strong for the 'Pack on Thursday, Feb. 5 and earned a 101-82 win over Park.

In the meet, Roseville took the top spot in all but two events. However, the Wolfpack was able to keep pace by finishing second and third in three events and winning two races.

Park had the meet as close as two points and was down 32-30 with eight of the 12 events remaining, but Roseville pulled away and won the meet with one event to go.

Park's overall winners on the day were Matt Haerle and Zach Elliot. Haerle finished first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.98, ahead of Roseville's Tommy McGreal and Jungho Ro, who had 24.99 times. Elliot took the top spot in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:03.48, ahead of the Raiders' Evan Eklund, who had a 1:03.78 time. Park's Connor Rand was third in the event with a 1:07.50 time to give Park two of the top three spots and nine total points to Roseville's seven points in the event.

Other events where Park took two of the three top spots were in the 200 medley relay, the 200 freestyle and the 200 IM.

In the medley relay the team of Rand, Nick Bibeau, Kyle Lewis and Tyler Jacobson took second in a time of 2:00.57 and the team of Andrew Treadway, Justin Kong, Dallas Campbell and Tyler Coutu was third in a time of 2:06.89. Roseville won the event with a 1:48.99 time.

In the 200 freestyle Lewis took second in a time of 2:03.42, while Treadway was third in a time of 2:09.97. Roseville's Noah Bergman won the event with a 2:02.53 time.

In the 200 IM, Kong was second in a time of 2:25.61 and Bibeau was third with a 2:36.51 time. Roseville's Mic Boggio won the event in 2:15.04.

Next, Park travels to Forest Lake on Thursday, Feb. 12 to take on the Rangers.