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Perham outswims Tigers

Perham's Gavin Kehoe grabs some air swimming in the 500 freestyle at Morris. Photo by Brooke Kern/Forum News Service

MORRIS — The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta boy’s swimming and diving team had hosted Perham at the Regional Fitness Center on Thursday, Dec. 12. 

Both squads had very few swimmers, never having all lanes being used for any event, so it was a very quick meet.

Despite the Tigers having the upper hand with more swimmers in the pool, Perham came out with the win 81-64 over the Tigers in a friendly match between the two teams.

"Morris is a different meet for us," Head Coach Trent Swanson said. "We cheer louder, but we cheer for both teams."

The teams had a pizza party on the deck of the pool after the meet.

"It was a lot of fun," Swanson said.

In the 200 medley relay, Perham took first with a 2:01.48.

In the 200 freestyle, Jacob Johnson grabbed a second place finish following by teammate Owen Ericksen, finishing third in the event.

The 200 IM was swam by Andrew Messner and Vaughn Dieter with no swimmers for Perham, easy points for the Tigers. Dieter came in first with a 2:39.79.

All lanes were filled for the 50 freestyle event. Joseph Goulet, Peter Ericksen, Andrew Sheldorf and Hunter Ketterling were swimmers for the Tigers in the event. P. Ericksen came in second (27.54) behind Perham swimmer Patrick Murphy.

Chris Tiernan took first in the diving event as Perham didn’t have any divers.

Luke Potts of Perham then took the 100 butterfly because the Tigers didn’t have  a swimmer to fill that hole in the lineup.

Back with full lanes with the 100 freestyle event. Perham took first and second in the race, while P. Ericksen had a third place finish for the Tigers with a time of 1:04.67.

Gavin Keohe of Perham came back from behind to win against Jacob Just in the 500 freestyle.

In the 200 free relay, Messner, Sheldorf, Just, and O. Erickson took first over Perham with an overall time of 2:07.56. Goulet, Ketterling, Derek Johnson, and Johnson finished the race 3:01.81, good for third.

Dieter swam in the backstroke event and finished with a 1:07.35, good for second place.

Goulet and Kettlerling both participated in the 100 breaststroke. Perham took first and second in this event, but Goulet and Ketterling took third and fourth, respectively.

Lastly, the 400 free relay swam by Tiger swimmers Johnson, O. Erickson, P. Erickson, and Dieter as the anchorman. Off to a rocky start, Perham took advantage and jumped ahead early and kept it throughout taking first in the event. The Tigers finished with a time of 4:35.29.

The Tigers will now travel to Montevideo on Thursday, Dec. 19.

Ben Sullivan and Jayden Cullen swam section qualfiying times. Sullivan in the 200-freestyle (2:11.35) and Cullen in the 100-free (54.44).

Perham is on a holiday break until after the first of the year, Jan. 3 at Park Rapids.

Focus Sports Editor Robert Williams contributed to this story.

Brooke Kern

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