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Jacket swimmers starting to believe

The 2011 Perham/New York Mills girls swimming and diving team: First row L-R: Shannon Karels, Beth Ingebrand, Ashley Bond, Kristina Galbrecht, Lexi Richter, Justice Aus. Second row: Shelby Seifert, Brittany Roberts, Shelby Mayfield, Rylie Rothmeyer, Sam Salathe, Kelsey Kratzke, Kyra Arneri. Third row: Head Coach Sheri Ressler, Annika Werner, Tara Wenaas, Heidi Weber, Jill Burns, Annie Ingebrand, Amelia Potrament, Assistant Coach Natalie Wrangham. Fourth row: Laine Miller, Jackie Hanson, Bailey Meyer, Nat...

PARK RAPIDS -- On the final scoreboard, Park Rapids defeated Perham/New York Mills in swimming Thursday 97-88, but what appears as a loss was a victory in more than one way.

"I have never been so happy to lose by nine points," Head Coach Sheri Ressler said. "Park Rapids is a very tough team and we came so close."

The Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team had won only five events, but used its balance to easily defeat Crookston Tuesday and remain undefeated in dual meets.

Many Yellowjackets, both varsity and junior varsity have been quickening the pace in the pool.

"We had 42 time drops that produced some extremely impressive times for our girls."

Perham/NY Mills took first in five events versus Park Rapids from some familiar names this young season.

"They're starting to believe and it shows."

Three seniors, Bailey Meyer, Kelsey Kratzke and Sam Salathe, were joined by freshman Natalie Murphy to take the 200-medley relay by just under two seconds in a time of 2:00.84.

The B-team (Lexi Richter, Beth Ingebrand, Kyra Arneri and Annie Ingebrand) took third in a time of 2:08.78.

Arneri took the top spot in the 50-freestyle in 28.38 in front of three Panthers. Laine Miller and Beth Ingebrand were fifth and sixth, 29.33 and 29.96 respectively.

Rylie Rothmeyer went the distance in the 500-freestyle for first place in a time of 5:47.97. Jackie Hanson (5:58.65) and Miller (6:23.53) were third and fourth.

Murphy, Kratzke, Rothmeyer and Salathe won the 200-freestyle relay in 1:48.98, just eight-hundredths ahead of Park Rapids' A-team. The Perham B-team of Richter, Hanson and Annie and Beth Ingebrand were third in 1:52.69.

Kratzke got the fifth event victory for the Yellowjackets in the 100-breaststroke. She finished in 1:13.92. Beth Ingebrand was third, 1:21.45. Annie Ingebrand was sixth, 1:25.31.

Sierra Lynne continued her one-woman diving team finishing third from the one-meter board with a score of 181.50. Ellen Hoffman, of Park Rapids won the event scoring 189.60.

The Park Rapids junior varsity, a team that has had their share of blowing out teams this season, defeated Perham 136-34. The Panthers took first place in all events.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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