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Raptor swimmers edge Wolfpack

East Ridge's Carter Smith swims to a win in the 500-yard freestyle Thursday at the Woodbury Middle School pool. Smith won both the 500 freestyle and the 100 butterfly and swam a winning leg on the 200 medley relay. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia

WOODBURY — East Ridge junior Carter Smith had two individual wins, and a leg on a winning relay, to help lead the Raptors past Park in a dual swim meet Thursday at Woodbury Middle School. East Ridge won the meet, 101-73, improving to 5-1 in dual meets this season.

The Raptors went 1-2-3 in the butterfly and also scored big points in the backstroke, individual medley and 200 freestyle relay to distance themselves from the Wolfpack.

Smith clocked a winning time of 54.17 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly, then came back to win the grueling 500 freestyle in 4:58.33. Smith was followed in the butterfly by teammates William Cho (56.32) and Mauricio Ballek (57.06).

East Ridge got wins in the 200 medley relay (Carlo Mallari, Jakow Heide, Smith and Casey McGrath, 1:45.72) and the 200 freestyle relay (Trevor Speakman, Ryan Langstraat, Cho and Mallari, 1:35.42).

Park took the final event, the 400 freestyle relay, in 3:24.59, with the team of Hogan Lawson, Mick Munson, Nathan LeMay and Sam Rhode.

East Ridge's Cho finished first in the 200 individual medley in a time of 2:11.19. Lawson won the 50-yard sprint in 23.02. McGrath captured the 100 freestyle in 50.61. Mallari took first in the 100 backstroke in a time of 1:00.26.

"We swam well, top to bottom," said East Ridge coach Meghan Weiss. "Yesterday we started tapering, so today was kind of seeing where we were at. We swam a few of our (normal) events and a few events that were kind of fun for us. I think we're seeded really well to go to the section meet. Everyone across the board had at least a good swim tonight."

"My three captains really stood out for me," added Weiss. "So Nate Cauthorn, Trevor Speakman and Carlo Mallari in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke for all three of them."

Park's Rhode won the 200 freestyle in 1:55.58. Teammate Blake Harre swam to a win in the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.93.

Park took the final event, the 400 freestyle relay in 3:24.59, with the team of Hogan Lawson, Mick Munson, Nathan LeMay and Sam Rhode.

"Hogan Lawson did a really good job," said Park coach Amanda Johnson. "He was on top of things today. We've been kind of working their butts (off) this week at practice, so they've been very tired, and he just kind of pushed through it and swam really well. There's a couple of others ones that swam well. Blake Harre did a really good breaststroke just a minute ago with his 1:07, he looked really nice and really strong. And then a lot of our third- and fourth-place boys were trying to get into sections or trying to fill that spot that did really well."

Both teams will now focus their efforts on preparing for the section meet in two weeks.

The Section 3AA swimming prelims and finals will be held Wednesday, Feb. 21 and Friday, 23 at BlueWater Aquatics in Apple Valley. The section diving will be held Feb. 22 at Cottage Grove Middle School.