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Perham/NYM swimmers second at Bemidji

The Perham/NYM swimmers returned to action with a triangular meet in Bemidji, taking on the Lumberjacks and the Prowlers on Sept. 12. The Yellowjackets had a strong showing, finishing with 372 points, earning second place. Bemidji was the meet winner with 538 points, while Thief River Falls was third with 330 points.

“The Yellowjackets had an amazing meet in Bemidji,” Perham/NYM head coach Jensen Maiden said. “Every single girl had at least one event that went incredibly well, and we watched a lot of great races. The team really showed off their depth.”

Once again, the Yellowjackets continued to cut time as a team. They dropped 84.17 seconds from their team time and added six new section qualifying times to their tally. Megan Tellinghuisen and Anna Carlson qualified in the 200 individual medley. Carlson finished with a time of two minutes, 49.90 seconds, while Tellinghuisen came in at 2:43.42 for third place. Irene Mursu and Olivea McDonald qualified in the 500 freestyle. Mursu came in sixth at 6:31.90, while McDonald came in seventh at 6:33.26. Emily Martinson qualified in the 100 breaststroke, finishing with a time of 1:24.87.

The divers had their first competition of the year and Dena Fischer took home first place honors. She finished with a score of 182.55. With her score, she also qualified for the section meet as well. Anni Kovar came in fourth, followed by Kassidy Kovar in sixth place.

“We saw lots of great dives for the first meet of the season, especially from our newcomer, sophomore Kassidy Kovar,” Maiden said. “She put up up a great first score.”

Individually, Lacy Richter was a double winner. She finished first in a pair of freestyle events, winning the 50 and the 100. She finished with a time of 27.03 in the 50, while earning a time of 58.99 in the 100 freestyle event. She was the only swimmer in the competition to crack the minute mark in the 100 freestyle.

The Yellowjackets closed the meet with a win in the 400 freestyle relay. The team of Megan Tellinghuisen, Anna Carlson, Irene Mursu and Richter came in first place, finishing with a time of 4:08.97. The relay team of Richter, Martinson, McDonald and Tellinghuisen finished second in the 200 freestyle, earning a time of 1:52.04.

“This was a great way to come back from last week. The girls worked hard during the two practices we had between meets and they saw the results,” Perham/NYM head coach Jensen Maiden said. “Now, we have some more technique work to do in the next few days to prepare for our invite in Park Rapids on Saturday, as well as our next dual in Thief River Falls on Monday. After that, we’ve got a lot of endurance work to put in.”

Bemidji 538, Perham/NYM 372, Thief River Falls 330

Perham/NYM Results

200 medley relay-3, Irene Mursu, Maggie Ingebrand, Olivea McDonald, Anna Carlson, 2:09.99; 4, Dena Fischer, Emily Martinson, Dixie Carow, Lizzie Dale, 2:14.97;13, Josi Mindermann, Chloe Koljonen, Oakley McNair, Hanna Beck, 3:02.14; 200 freestyle-5, Mursu, 2:25.47;9, McDonald, 2:30.40;10, Madi Ebeling, 2:35.61; 200 individual medley-3, Megan Tellinghuisen, 2:43.42; 7, Carlson, 2:49.90; 10, Ingebrand, 2:47.04;12, Malaysia Gilster, 3:01.13; 50 freestyle-1, Lacy Richter, 27.03; 6, Martinson, 29.36; 8, Martinson, 29.36; 8, Carow, 30.00; 11, Dale, 30.99; Diving-1, Dena Fischer, 182.55; 4, Anni Kovar, 136.90; 6, Kassidy Kovar, 112.60; 100 butterfly-5, Tellinghuisen, 1:18.90; 9, Carow, 1:22.68; 12, Hannuh Lung, 1:44.68;100 freestyle-1, Richter, 58.99; 9, Ebeling, 1:09.09; 13, McNair, 1:12.35; 15, Jasmyn Olson, 1:18.70; 500 freestyle-6, Mursu, 6:31.90; 7, McDonald, 6:33.26; 11, Dale, 7:20.01; 13, Shanetta Reitmeyer, 7:43.47;200 freestyle-2, Richter, Martinson, McDonald, Tellinghuisen, 1:52.04; 6, Lung, Kaydi Mursu, Olson, Ellie Smith, 2:00.13; 7, Ingebrand, Carow, Gilster, Ebeling, 2:01.37; 12, Mindermann, Lucy Schultz, Madison Tharaldson, Hanna Beck, 2:48.52;100 backstroke-4, Carlson, 1:16.77; 7, Fischer, 1:17.53; 13, McNair, 1:31.10; 100 breaststroke-4, Ingebrand, 1:22.06; 6, Martinson, 1:24.87; 11, Gilster, 1:31.87; 12, Reitmeyer, 1:32.45; 400 freestyle relay-1, Tellinghuisen, Carlson, Irene Mursu, Richter, 4:08.97; 7, Fischer, Dale, Lung, Ebeling, 4:44.74; 11, Kaydi Mursu, Beck, Smith, Reitmeyer, 5:42.43; 13, Mindermann, Tharaldson, Koljonen, Schultz, 6:39.33.

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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