Swimmers 2nd at Mid-State Meet

By John George The run of 12-straight Mid-State Conference swimming titles for Park Rapids was finally ended last week. Unfortunately, it wasn't the Perham/New York Mills swim team to end the dynasty. The Jackets did finish in seco...

By John George

The run of 12-straight Mid-State Conference swimming titles for Park Rapids was finally ended last week. Unfortunately, it wasn't the Perham/New York Mills swim team to end the dynasty.

The Jackets did finish in second place for the first time ever, as Detroit Lakes captured their first Mid-State crown since 1995, the first year of the swimming conference. The Lakers finished with 410 points, with Perham/NYM coming in second with 391. Park Rapids was a distant third with 319, followed by Staples-Motley with 174..

"It would have been nice to win the meet, but we gave it a good run," head coach Sheri Ressler said.


The Yellowjackets began the meet with a school record in the 200 medley by the team of Leah Richter, Kelsey Kratzke, Abby Kratzke and Kaila Formanek. They finished second with a time of 2:04.24, good for All-Conference honorable mention honors.

Perham followed with three runner-up finishes in the next three events. Erika Conlin and Rylie Rothmeyer finished 2-4 in the 200 free, Leah Richter and Kelsey Kratzke were 2-3 in the 200 I.M. and the Formanek sisters, Kaila and Sara, were 2-4 in the 50 free. Despite not winning an event, Perham was tied with D.L. through four events.

The Jackets were dealt a tough blow during diving. Senior Ashley Niemela was in second place through eight dives, which took place before the swimming events. During the normal diving period, in the slot as the fifth event of the meet, Niemela slipped and fell into the pool on her second attempt, (her 10th overall) and was unable to complete her 11th dive.

Since she didn't complete the full 11 dives, she was disqualified and didn't receive any team points. All four Detroit Lakes divers earned team points to build a lead on Perham/NYM.

The first swimmer to earn All-Conference status was Leah Richter, who won the 100 freestyle with a time of 59.80. Two events later, Richter was the anchor of the 200 free relay team that also took first place for All-Conference honors. The team of Kaila Formanek, Abby Kratzke, Sara Formanek and Richter finished with a time of 1:51.60, closing the Laker lead to 33 points.

Kelsey Kratzke attained All-Conference status by winning the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:16.56, getting Perham/NYM within nine points (354-345) with one event remaining. But first and third place finishes by the two Laker 400 free relay teams secured the title for D.L.

Also getting All-Conference Honorable Mention were Abby Kratzke with a third place finish in the 100 butterfly and Conlin with a third place finish in the 500 free.

Also in the 500 free, Rothmeyer set a middle school record with a time of 6:09.89, good for fourth place, and Laine Miller qualified for Sections with a time of 6:28.12.


The Jackets will have two full weeks off to prepare for the Section 8A Meet, which will be held in Warroad Nov. 9-10.

Friday, October 26

Mid-State Conference Meet

(at Detroit Lakes)

1. Detroit Lakes 410, 2. Perham/NYM 391, 3. Park Rapids 319, 4. Staples-Motley 174.

200 Medley Relay--1. DL 2:03.28, 2. Perham/NYM (Richter, K. Kratzke, A. Kratzke, K. Kormanek) 2:04.24, 5. Perham/NYM (Meyer, Carow, Lehman, S. Formanek) 2:13.00.

200 Free--1. Larson (DL) 2:07.91, 2. Erika Conlin (P) 2:12.95, 4. Rylie Rothmeyer (P) 2:18.52, 6. Maggie Carlson (P) 2:18.87, 9. Brittany Roberts (P) 2:27.76.

200 I.M.--1. Paakh (DL) 2:17.88, 2. Leah Richter (P) 2:31.29, 3. Kelsey Kratzke (P) 2:35.21, 7. Desirae Allan (P) 2:39.43, 8. Whitney Carow (P) 2:45.82.


50 Free--1. Paakh (DL) 27.49, 2. Kaila Formanek (P) 27.64, 4. Sara Formanek (P) 28.0, 10. DJ Lehman (P) 29.76, 11. Laine Miller (P) 29.91.

Diving--1. Dugger (DL) 351.75.

100 Fly--1. Paakh (DL) 58.91, 3. Abby Kratzke (P) 1:07.63, 8. Bailey Meyer (P) 1:17.69, 11. Roberts (P) 1:22.66, 13. Leah Restad (P) 1:26.96.

100 Free--1. Richter (P) 59.80, 4. Carlson (P) 1:04.14, 9. Sara Lee (P) 1:07.69, 10. Kari Hanson (P) 1:08.42.

500 Free--1. Larson (DL) 5:37.54, 3. Conlin (P) 6:01.72, 4. Rothmeyer (P) 6:09.89, 7. Miller (P) 6:28.12, 12. Jill Burns (P) 7:17.07.

200 Free Relay--1. Perham/NYM (K. Formanek, A. Kratzke, S. Formanek, Richter) 1:51.60, 4. Perham (Carlson, K. Kratzke, Roberts, Conlin) 1:57.62.

100 Back--1. Spies (DL) 1:08.30, 5. Allan (P) 1:16.11, 7. Lehman (P) 1:17.17, 9. Hanson (P) 1:18.52, 10. Lexi Richter (P) 1:20.67.

100 Breast--1. Kelsey Kratzke (P) 1:16.56, 6. Carow (P) 1:21.61, 8. Lee (P) 1:25.73, 10. Toni Asmund (P) 1:27.77.

400 Free Relay--1. DL 3:58.37, 2. Perham (S. Formanek, Conlin, A. Kratzke, K. Formanek) 4:08.90, 5. Perham (Carlson, Lehman, Allan, Meyer) 4:21.44.


11/9-10 Section 8A Meet at Warroad

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