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Perham-New York Mills competitive in double dual

Perham-New York Mills swimmers set personal bests in 26 individual events on Tuesday in Bemidji.

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Detroit Lakes senior Kaitlyn Peterson, left, and Perham/NY Mills' Irene Mursu, chat after the 200-freestyle race in October of 2020. Mursu made a section-qualifying time in the 100-yard freestyle on Tuesday in Bemidji. (Detroit Lakes file photo)

The Perham-New York Mills girls swim team looked competitive in two close losses at Tuesday's double dual in Bemidji.

Perham-New York Mills fell to the Lumberjacks 196-116 before losing toThief River Falls 157-145. Despite the losses, the girls set personal records in 26 of 33 individual events.

DOUBLE DUAL MEET HIGHLIGHTS

200-YARD FREESTYLE- Seventh grader Jaelyn Rodewald swam the event for the first time ever (12th), sophomore Madeleine Lamb dropped seven seconds (10th), freshman Molly Meyer cut 11 seconds (7th) and junior Lucie Meyer dropped eight seconds (6th); 200-YARD IM- Junior Kaydi Mursu cut three seconds (6th), freshman Elle McDonald dropped four seconds (4th) and eighth grader Maggie Vickmark shaved off 11 seconds (2nd); 50-YARD FREESTYLE- Junior Josi Minderman cut a quarter of a second (11th), junior Lucy Schultz cut over a second, which broke the 30-second mark for the first time (7th) and senior Irene Mursu took first; DIVING- In the first diving meet of the season, senior Madison Ruther took sixth, sophomore Avery McAllister improved her score by 13 points (3rd) and sophomore Brittney Lorentz improved her score by 12 points (2nd); 100-YARD BUTTERFLY- Seventh grader Megan Galbrecht swam the event for the first time ever (8th) and eighth grader Taylor Ziemke dropped 14 seconds (2nd); 100-YARD FREESTYLE- Rodewald cut three seconds (12th), Lucie Meyer dropped two seconds (9th), and Irene Mursu cut second (1st); 500-YARD FREESTYLE- Seventh grader Anika Mursu (11th) and eighth grader Madison Lohse (10th) both swam the event for the first time ever. Molly Meyer cut 38 seconds (4th); 100-YARD BACKSTROKE- Galbrecht swam the event for the first time (11th), Kaydi Mursu cut half a second (6th), McDonald dropped seven seconds (4th) and Vickmark cut five seconds (3rd); 100-YARD BREASTSTROKE- Anika Mursu swam the event for the first time ever (11th) and Ziemke dropped seven seconds (2nd); SECTION QUALIFIERS- Irene Mursu- 100 free; Ruthe- diving; Lorentz- diving; McAllister- diving; McDonald- 200 IM, 100 back; Vickmark- 200 IM, 100 back; Ziemk- 100 fly, 100 breast; NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL RECORD: Ziemke- 100 fly 1:08.82

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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