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Kratzke returns to state for third time

Kelsey Kratzke qualified for the state meet in the 100-meter breaststroke. Monte Draper/The Bemidji Pioneer1 / 2
Rylie Rothmeyer, along with teammates Natalie Murphy, Sam Salathe and Lexi Richter broke the school record in the 400 freestyle relay. Monte Draper/The Bemidji Pioneer2 / 2

Make it three years in a row for junior Perham swimmer Kelsey Kratzke. Kratzke qualified for the state meet in the 100-meter breaststroke. She swam a 1:10.59, well under the state cut time of 1:11.49.

The Perham-New York Mills swim team finished fifth of nine schools, but faired well in a number of events.

"It was another history maker for the team," Head Coach Sheri Ressler said.

14 out of 15 swimmers made it to the top 16 to swim the second day in the finals.

The 200 IM medley relay team of Zoe Potts, Kelsey Kratzke, Bailey Meyer and Natalie Murphy broke the high school record.

The 400 freestyle relay team of Natalie Murphy, Rylie Rothmeyer, Sam Salathe and Lexi Richter broke the school record.

Bailey Meyer also broke the school record in the 100 backstroke.

Kratzke will swim Nov. 18-20 at the state swim meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center, Minneapolis.

Yellowjacket results

Perham at the Girls Section 8A Championship meet, Bemidji, MN, Nov. 18-20.

Team Scores:

1. Park Rapids 422.5

2. Bemidji 307.5

3. Fergus Falls 278

4. Detroit Lakes 266

5. Perham/New York Mills 243

6. Warroad/Roseau/Greenbush 214

7. Thief River Falls 149.5

8. Crookston 131.5

9. Fosston/Bagley 123

Perham-NY Mills event results -- 200-medley relay: 4. P-NYM A (Zoe Potts, Kelsey Kratzke, Bailey Meyer, Natalie Murphy)...200 freestyle: 6. Rylie Rothmeyer; 10. Sam Salathe...200 IM: 8. Kratzke; 11. Brittany Roberts; 15. Jill Burns...50 freestyle: 8. Murphy...Diving: 7. Sierra lynne...100 butterfly: 6. Meyer; 11. Salath....100 freestyle: 2. Eilertson 1:01.16; 3. Krengel 1:02.09...500 freestyle: 15. Lexi Richter...500 freestyle: 6. Rothmeyer; 8. Burns; 10. Hanson...200 freestyle relay: 2. P-NYM A (Kratzke, Murphy, Rothmeyer, Richter)...100 backstroke: 7. Meyer; 9. Marlee Helmeke; 12. Potts; 15, Kristina Galbrecht...100 breaststroke: 3. Kratzke (State Qualifier); 16. Beth Ingebrand...400 freestyle relay: 6. P-NYM A (Richter, Murphy, Rothmeyer, Salath) (School record).