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Perham/NYM swimmers edged by Bagley/Fosston

The Perham/NYM swimming team started its dual meet season with a road trip to Fosston to swim against the Fosston/Bagley Seals. The meet went down to the wire with the Seals squeaking out a 50-44 meet victory on Sept. 7.

“The girls went into the meet looking good and feeling excited,” Perham/NYM head coach Jensen Maiden said. “There were a bunch of great races, especially on the part of many of our new swimmers.”

The Yellowjackets cut 42.92 seconds off of their total team time and produced eight new section qualifying swims. For the season, the Yellowjackets have 10 total qualifying swims for the section meet. Anna Carlson and Irene Mursu qualified in the 100 backstroke, Maggie Ingebrand in the 100 breaststroke, Olivea McDonald in the 200 individual medley, while Lacy Richter and Megan Tellinghuisen qualified in the 100 freestyle. Tellinghuisen added a pair of qualifying swims in the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle as well. Tellinghuisen has qualified in four total events this season.

Richter earned a pair of first place finishes on the day. She captured the top time in the 50 freestyle, finishing with a time of 27.08 seconds. She added a first place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:00.6.

Ingebrand earned top honors in the 100 breaststroke. She finished with a time of 1:23.13 for first place.

The Yellowjackets won a pair of relay races as well. They opened the meet with a first place finish in the 200 medley relay. The team of Irene Mursu, Ingebrand, Morgan Hanson and Carlson took home first place honors with a time of 2:07.33.

The 200 freestyle was another strong suit for the Yellowjackets. The team of Richter, Emily Martinson, McDonald and Tellinghuisen came in first place by more than three seconds. They finished with a time of 1:51.61.

“We saw great swimming done by many members of the team, it became very apparent that the team as a whole needs a lot more endurance to be successful,” Maiden said. “We also had a really rough night with our turns and our relay starts. We know exactly where we need to go from here.”

The Yellowjackets return to the pool on Sept. 12 when they travel to Bemidji to swim against the Lumberjacks at 6 p.m.

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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