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Perham swimmers fifth at Grand Rapids Invitational

Perham/NYM's Megan Tellinghuisen takes a quick breath as she drives forward in the 200 freestyle event at the Grand Rapids Invitational. Photos courtesy of Kyle Nelson and the Grand Rapids Herald-Review.

The Perham/New York Mills swimming and diving team earned a fifth place finish at the Grand Rapids Invitational on Oct. 5 at the Robert J. Elkington Middle School pool in Grand Rapids, Minn.

The event consistently brings in some of the top teams from Northern Minnesota and it continued that trend in 2017. Duluth Denfeld edged out Grand Rapids for first place honors in the nine team event. Duluth Denfeld finished with 424 points, while Grand Rapids came in with 421 points. Perham/NYM finished with 248 points for fifth place in the nine team events.

“The Yellowjackets had some great races in Grand Rapids,” Perham/NYM head coach Jensen Maiden said. “Each team only gets two entries per event and we are also reaching the point of the season where personal records can be hard to come by, especially at a varsity only meet.”

Despite that, the Yellowjackets finished with six new personal record and cut 8.56 seconds as a team.

The meet had another purpose as well for the Yellowjackets. It gave them an opportunity to swim in the pool that will be hosting the Section 8A swimming and diving championships.

The Yellowjackets finished sixth in the 200 medley relay with the team of Anna Carlson, Maggie Ingebrand, Irene Mursu and Megan Tellinghuisen. They came in with a time of 2:09.93.

Maggie Ingebrand

Tellinghuisen earned third place honors in the 200 freestyle, finishing with a time of 2:14.32. Mursu was sixth overall, finishing at 2:20.21.

Olivea McDonald was ninth in the 200 individual medley, finishing with a time of 2:46.09. Carlson tied for ninth in the 50 freestyle, finishing at 28.79.

Dena Fischer continued her strong season on the diving board. She finished second with 207.40 points. Anni Kovar was fourth, finishing with a score of 168.75. Mursu was 10th in the 100 butterfly, finishing at 1:15.27.

Tellinghuisen was eighth in the 500 freestyle, while McDonald was ninth. Tellinghuisen and McDonald recorded times of 6:24.29 and 6:25.72, respectively.

Carlson, Mursu, Martinson and Tellinghuisen finished sixth in the 200 freestyle relay, earning a time of 1:53.68.

Ingebrand came in ninth place of the 100 breaststroke. She recorded a time of 1:21.88. The relay team of Carlson, Madi Ebeling, Lizzie Dale and McDonald closed out the meet with a ninth place finish in the 400 freestyle. They recorded a time of 4:28.38.

“Strokes are looking good, endurance is getting better and starts and turns have definitely improved,” Maiden said. “Now, we really need to focus on the mental half of the sport, getting everybody in the right mindset for the rest of the season. It’s time to really open up and push the limits in order for every girl to get the very most of the end of the season. In that regard, we are pretty excited about the fact that we get the next week off for some physically and mentally grueling workouts.”

The Yellowjackets return to the pool with the True Team Section Championships which are held at the Detroit Lakes Community Center. The event takes place on Oct. 14.

Duluth Denfeld 424, Grand Rapids 421, Two Harbors 287, Virginia 277, Perham/NYM 248, International Falls 240, Thief River Falls 216, Proctor-Hermantown 185, Chisholm 17

Perham/NYM Individual Results

200 medley relay-6, Anna Carlson, Maggie Ingebrand, Irene Mursu, Megan Tellinghuisen, 2:09.93; 10, Dena Fischer, Emily Martinson, Olivea McDonald, Dixie Carow, 2:13.26; 200 freestyle-3, Tellinghuisen, 2:14.32; 6, Irene Mursu, 2:20.21; 200 individual medley-9, McDonald, 2:46.09; 11, Maggie Ingebrand, 2:47.92; 50 freestyle-9, Carlson, 28.79; 11, Martinson, 29.10; Diving-2, Fischer, 207.40; 4, Anni Kovar, 168.75; 100 butterfly-10, Mursu, 1:15.27; 14, Carow, 1:20.85; 100 freestyle-13, Madi Ebeling, 1:08.49; 14, Oakley McNair, 1:09.17; 500 freestyle-8, Tellinghuisen, 6:24.29; 9, McDonald, 6:25.72; 200 freestyle relay-6, Carlson, Mursu, Martinson, Tellinghuisen, 1:53.68; 12, Ebeling, McNair, Lizzie Dale, Ingebrand, 2:01.39; 100 backstroke-13, Fischer, 1:18.57; 14, Carow, 1:21.91; 400 freestyle relay-9, Carlson, Ebeling, Dale, McDonald, 4:28.38; 14, Carow, Malaysia Gilster, Shanetta Reitmeyer, McNair, 4:50.62.

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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