PARK RAPIDS -- The Bemidji High School boys swimming and diving team claimed victory in the Last Chance Invitational at Park Rapids on Saturday.
The Lumberjacks posted 23 season-best times as they earned 773 points to top the four-team field. The host Panthers took second with 558.5 points and were followed by Detroit Lakes (319.5) and Perham/New York Mills (318).
BHS swimmers won only two of the meet’s 12 events but a collection of fast times across the board paced the team to the win.
Luke Yartz posted the top time in the 100-yard free with a mark of 53.83. Teammate Kolden Michalicek finished behind him in second with a time of 57.10.
Yartz was also a member of the Bemidji team that took first in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:38.79. Also on the team were Sam Hendricks, Brooks Matetich and Walker Erickson.
The Lumberjacks aren’t scheduled to return to the pool until the Section 5A meet Feb. 22-23 in Sartell.