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Perham/NYM swimmers prepping for conference, section meets

The Perham/New York Mills swimming and diving team is building towards the Mid-State Conference and the Section 8A Championships in the final weeks of the season. The Yellowjackets traveled to Minnewaska to swim against Morris Area/Minnewaska on Oct. 17.

“As the end of our regular season gets closer, we are seeing girls stretch their limits and really attack each race both physically and mentally,” Perham/NYM head coach Jensen Maiden said. “This was readily apparent in the Minnewaska pool. The team added seven diving points and cut a total of 112.36 seconds to set 29 new all-time personal records.”

While the dual meet score shows a 96-81 defeat, it was another building block for the Yellowjackets. The Yellowjackets continued to cut time and had a pair of swimmers complete their Iron Woman challenge. Megan Tellinghuisen swam a grueling second half of the meet to complete hers. She swam the final four races of the meet. Maggie Ingebrand completed hers as well, bringing the team total to 12.

Dena Fischer won the diving competition, finishing with a new school record of 234.20 points. She improved her score by seven points, breaking her old mark which she set last year. Anni Kovar came in second place, finishing with 175.05 points, despite battling an illness.

The Yellowjackets set personal records across the board in the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle event. The 200 freestyle relay was won by Tellinghuisen, Emily Martinson, Ingebrand and Irene Mursu. They finished with a time of one minute, 51.96 seconds.

Morris/Minnewaska Area swam the final events in exhibition, not recording points towards the final team score. Tellinghuisen came in first with a time of 1:17.18 in the 100 backstroke event. She followed with a first place finish in the breaststroke, finishing with a time of 1:29.14. The team of Irene Mursu, Anna Carlson, Olivea McDonald and Tellinghuisen finished with a time of 4:09.96 in the final race of the meet.

“With just two practices left before our final dual meet of the season in Staples on Oct. 23, we will be working extra hard to squeeze every ounce of potential out of our yards,” Maiden said. “We will then pare the team down to only those who are going to conference. We will be starting a mini-taper for the girls, who have not yet qualified for sections, in hopes of dropping a few extra seconds at the Mid-State Conference meet next Friday in Detroit Lakes.”

Morris/Minnewaska 96 Perham/New York Mills 81

Individual Results

200 medley relay-3, Anna Carlson, Maggie Ingebrand, Dixie Carow, Emily Martinson, 2:14.39; 4, Dena Fischer, Malaysia Gilster, Olivea McDonald, Madi Ebeling, 2:21.94; 5, Lizzie Dale, Shanetta Reitmeyer, Destinee Snyder, Oakley McNair, 2:28.88; 200 freestyle-3, McDonald, 2:22.43; 5, Anna Carlson, 2:27.72; 6, Reitmeyer, 2:45.38; 200 individual medley-2, Irene Mursu, 2:39.84; 5, Hannah Lung, 3:06.45; 6, Kaydi Mursu, 3:14.65; 50 freestyle-2, Martinson, 28.25; 5, Madi Ebeling, 30.48; 6, Dale, 30.99; Diving-1, Fischer, 234.20; 2, Anni Kovar, 175.05; 100 butterfly-4, Irene Mursu, 1:20.57; 5, Olivea McDonald, 1:20.67; 6, Maggie Ingebrand, 1:25.07; 100 freestyle-3, Martinson, 1:03.11; 5, Carow, 1:07.65; 6, McNair, 1:09.61; 500 freestyle-4, Dale, 6:54.94; 5, Reitmeyer, 7:18.85; 6, Jasmyn Olson, 7:47.15; 200 freestyle relay-1, Megan Tellinghuisen, Martinson, Ingebrand, Irene Mursu, 1:51.96; 100 backstroke-1, Tellinghuisen, 1:17.18; 3, Ingebrand, 1:23.19; 100 breaststroke-1, Tellinghuisen, 1:29.14; 2, Lung, 1:32.02; 3, Gilster, 1:32.16; 400 freestyle relay-1, Mursu, Carlson, McDonald, Tellinghuisen, 4:09.96; 2, Ebeling, McNair, Dale, Carow, 4:42.03; 3, Lung, Reitmeyer, Kaydi Mursu, Snyder, 5:00.82.

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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