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Boys Swimming and Diving: Park defeats Woodbury for first time in 22 years

Dylan Purrington helped Park win the 200-yard medley relay as Park defeated Woodbury 106-77 at Woodbury High School on Friday, Feb. 8. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 4
Alexander Kim helped Woodbury earn third place in 200-yard medley relay as Woodbury lost to Park on Friday, Feb. 8. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 4
Devin Schwartz gets ready for the backstroke as Park defeated Woodbury on Friday, Feb. 8. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 4
Logan Anderson had a strong night as he finished in third at the 100-yard backstroke. Woodbury fell to Park on Friday, Feb. 8. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 4 / 4

Park head coach Amanda Johnson knew it was going to be a different type of meet after seeing the results from the first race of the night on Friday.

The Wolfpack took first and second place in the 200-yard medley relay, which showed Johnson that the boys really wanted to earn the victory that night. The boys had strong swims in every event, which resulted in a 106-77 win for Park. This was the first time in 22 years that Park defeated Woodbury in boys swimming and diving.

"Maybe it was a Friday night and it was a change of pace," Johnson said jokingly. "Our boys were dominant in every event and I couldn't be more proud of them for what they did on Friday night."

After a strong first event, Park took second and third in the 200 freestyle with Sam Rhode and Matt Glenna. Lukas Hruby was the first-place finisher for Woodbury with a time of 1:50.80.

The Royals kept that top spot at the 200 individual medley as Tim Rizzo finished in a time of 2:03.26. Dylan Purrington from Park and Logan Anderson from Woodbury finished second and third respectively.

The Wolfpack reclaimed the top spot in the 50 freestyle as Hogan Lawson finished with a time of 22.49. Park also earned the second-place spot with Nathan LeMay, while Woodbury's Matthew McCollor ended in third place.

In the 1-meter diving, Park's Phillip Zawieruszynski finished in first with a score of 145.35. Woodbury's Benjamin Earley and Liam Earley finished in second and third with only a two-point difference between first and third.

Hruby continued his success with another first-place finish in the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.47. Park grabbed the second- and third-place spots with Blake Harre and Mitchell LeMay landing in those spots.

Park reclaimed the top spot in the 100 freestyle as Lawson finished with a time of 49.92. The Wolfpack also earned second place with Nathan LeMay and the Royals ended in third with McCollor.

Rizzo continued to show his dominance in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:51.49, but Park took the second and third spots in the race. Rhode and Brandon Schwartz ended the race in those two spots.

Park took the top two spots in the 100 backstroke as Devin Schwartz earned the top spot with a time of 59.44, while Brandon Schwartz earned second place. Woodbury's Arun Madurai finished in third place in the race.

In the 100 backstroke, Park took the first two spots with Dylan Purrington winning the race with a time of 1:03.74, while Blake Harre finished second. Logan Anderson finished in third place for Woodbury.

Park ended the race with a win in the 400 freestyle relay, while Woodbury took home the 200 freestyle relay.

"This has been a fun season and seeing their growth all season long as been exciting," Johnson said. "With sections coming up soon, I know they are excited for the upcoming weeks."

Brian Mozey

I am the sports writer for the Woodbury Bulletin and South Washington County Bulletin. I'm a graduate from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University and have always had a passion for sports since a young age. Whether it was watching or playing sports, I always knew sports would be in my career. I've been born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis and look forward to continuing to learn more about the Woodbury and Cottage Grove area throughout my time in this position. 

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