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Swimmers open with 3rd place finish in Fergus Falls

By John George sports@eot.com The Perham boys swim team opened their season last Saturday at the Fergus Falls Invite with a strong third place team finish. The Otters ran away with their own meet, leading the way with 503 points. Fargo South was ...

By John George

sports@eot.com

The Perham boys swim team opened their season last Saturday at the Fergus Falls Invite with a strong third place team finish.

The Otters ran away with their own meet, leading the way with 503 points. Fargo South was second with 419, followed by the Jackets with 224.

"It was an awesome meet for us," head coach Sheri Ressler said. "It was a great was to start the season."

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Junior Luke Hofland had the team's best finish by winning the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:08.75.

He was one of five Jacket swimmers to already reach section qualifying times. Hofland's third place time of 5:55.61 in the 500 free also got him into Sections.

Casey Grismer, a State participant last year, had section qualifying times in the 200 free (1:58.40), and in the 100 free (52.58). Both times earned him second place in Fergus Falls.

Also securing a spot at Sections were: Ethan McMahon in the 100 butterfly (1:06.46), Gavin Grismer in the 50 free (25.26) and 100 backstroke (1:02.77), and David Saewert in the 100 butterfly (1:08.33).

Gus Rutten, a senior in his first year with the team after making a switch from basketball, finished second in the 50 breaststroke (36.57). Gavin Grismer was third in the 100 backstroke and Ben Collette was third in the 50 backstroke.

Perham did not have a diver at the meet, while Mid-State Conference rival Detroit Lakes (5th place), entered seven. The Jackets will have one diver, Matt Murphy, ready after New Year's.

The Jackets will have just one more meet before New Year's. They travel to Thief River Falls for a dual meet on Dec. 18.

After the Holiday break, they will return to the pool in Park Rapids on Jan. 3.

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Saturday, December 8

Fergus Falls Invitational

1. Fergus Falls 503, 2. Fargo South 419, 3. Perham/New York Mills 224, 4. Thief River Falls 196, 5. Detroit Lakes 182, 6. Park Rapids 155, 7. Minnewaska Area/Morris 65.

200 Medley Relay--1. FF 1:45.83, 3. Perham (G. Grismer, L. Hofland, McMahon, C. Rutten) 1:53.63, 8. Perham (Collette, Studer, Saewert, G. Rutten) 2:02.70, 17. Perham (C. Hofland, Murphy, Vezner, Murphy) 2:39.04, 21. Perham (Erickson, Carignan, Winterfeldt, Bohn) 2:50.66.

200 Free--2. Casey Grismer (P) 1:58.40, 19. Nick Bohn (P) 2:54.85.

100 I.M.--1. Fisher (FF) 1:04.30, 5. Ben Collette (P) 1:10.12, 9. Matt Murphy (P) 1:17.37, 10. TJ Studer (P) 1:18.87.

50 Free--1. Hurley (FF) 22.82, 10. Gavin Grismer (P) 25.26, 13. Gus Rutten (P) 26.36, 40. Brady Erickson (P) 39.06, 43. Nick Carignan (P) 41.22.

50 Fly--9. Chad Hofland (P) 40.28, 10. Thomas Vezner (P) 50.73.

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100 Fly--1. Danielson (FF) 59.29, 5. Ethan McMahon (P) 1:06.46, 8. David Saewert (P) 1:08.33.

100 Free--1. Jobe (FF) 51.87, 2. C. Grismer (P) 52.58, 18. C. Rutten (P) 1:03.96, 28. Luke Winterfeldt (P) 1:18.38, 30. Mark Murphy (P) 1:25.61.

500 Free--1. Hurley (FF) 5:00.29, 3. Luke Hofland (P) 5:55.61, 12. Nick Bohn (P) 7:52.02

200 Free Relay--1. FF 1:35.81, 5. Perham (McMahon, C. Rutten, G. Rutten, C. Grismer (P) 1:43.80, 9. Perham (Saewert, Studer, Hofland, Murphy) 1:55.42, 17. Perham (Murphy, Carignan, Winterfeldt, Vezner) 2:21.42.

50 Back--3. Collette (P) 32.52, 13. Erickson (P) 46.24.

100 Back--3. G. Grismer (P) 1:02.77, 13. C. Hofland (P) 1:24.61.

50 Breast--2. G. Rutten (P) 36.57, 16. Vezner (P) 48.83, 19. Carignan (P) 52.83.

100 Breast--1. Luke Hofland (P) 1:08.75, 13. Studer (P) 1:24.00, 17. Winterfeldt (P) 1:39.23, 18. Mark Murphy (P) 1:50.89.

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400 Free Relay--3. Perham (G. Grismer, L. Hofland, McMahon, C. Grismer) 3:44.56, 12. Perham (Collette, Murphy, Bohn, C. Rutten) 4:25.04.

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