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Perham/NYM swimmers improve at Park Rapids Area

Perham/New York Mills' Duncan Skorup competes in the breaststroke event at Park Rapids Area. Photos by Vance Carlson/Forum News Service1 / 2
Perham/New York Mills' Max George drives forward in a freestyle race for the Yellowjackets. Vance Carlson/Forum News Service2 / 2

The Perham/New York Mills boys swimming team returned to the pool with a meet at Park Rapids Area. The Panthers won the dual meet 105-57 over the Yellowjackets. The Yellowjackets were without the services of a pair of experienced swimmers, but continued to make strides and saw improvement from their younger swimmers.

Gavin Kehoe

According to assistant coach Jensen Maiden, the Yellowjackets cut 88.31 seconds off of their total time, while setting 33 new personal records. She said eight of those featured significant time cuts.

“All in all, we’re very excited about how the team is doing,” Maiden said. “Considering we had two of our older boys out, we are particularly pleased with how our younger half of the team stepped up. We’re continuing to work on technique and endurance, as those seem to be the factors holding us back at this time.”

The Yellowjacket 200 medley relay team of Kevin Swanson, Duncan Skorup, Gavin Kehoe and Kyle Swanson finished second with a time of two minutes and 8.62 seconds.

The 200 freestyle relay team of Kyle Swanson, Gavin Kehoe, Jett Karels and Duncan Skorup came in second place with a time of 1:54.11.

Kyle Swanson

The Yellowjackets captured first place honors in the 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke and the 400 freestyle relay. The Panthers elected to swim those races in exhibition, not accruing points or places towards the final score.

Kevin Swanson finished first in the 100 backstroke, finishing with a time of 1:18.59. Duncan Skorup was first in the 100 breaststroke at 1:19.78. The team of Kevin Swanson, Luke Becker, Max George and Jett Karels came in with a time of 5:00.75.

The Yellowjackets will be put to the test on Friday, Jan. 12 when they travel to Bemidji to compete in the Bemidji Invitational. It will be the second meet this week for the Yellowjackets and third in a span of eight days.

Park Rapids 105, Perham 57

Individual Results

200 medley relay-2, Kevin Swanson, Duncan Skorup, Gavin Kehoe, Kyle Swanson, 2:08.62; 4, Quentin Frohling, Jonah Bieger, Max George, Luke Becker, 2:54.82; 200 freestyle- 3, Duncan Skorup, 2:23.27; 5, Luke Becker, 2:45.52; 6, Max George, 2:59.34; 200 individual medley-3, Gavin Kehoe, 2:44.78; 50-freestyle-3, Kyle Swanson, 27.36; 5, Jett Karels, 29.25; 6, Jonah Bieger, 34.12; 100 butterfly-3, Kevin Swanson, 1:26.66; 100 freestyle-4, Kyle Swanson, 1:03.93; 5, Luke Becker, 1:18.94; 6, Max George, 1:21.47; 500 freestyle-3, Gavin Kehoe, 6:49.50; 4, Jett Karels, 7:03.51; 200 freestyle relay-2, Kyle Swanson, Gavin Kehoe, Jett Karels, Duncan Skorup, 1:54.11; 100 backstroke-1, Kevin Swanson, 1:18.59; 2, Jonah Bieger, 1:38.13; 3, Quentin Frohling, 1:54.33; 100 breaststroke-1, Duncan Skorup, 1:19.78; 400 freestyle relay-1, Kevin Swanson, Luke Becker, Max George, Jett Karels, 5:00.75

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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