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Perham/NYM swimmers edged by Thief River Falls

The busy week continued for the Perham/New York Mills swimming team when they competed against Thief River Falls in a dual meet on Sept. 18 in Thief River Falls. The Yellowjackets were short-handed, but put up a strong battle with the Prowlers, falling by five points, 87-82.

“The Yellowjackets saw some improvement in Thief River Falls,” Perham/NYM head coach Jensen Maiden said. “With a couple of key swimmers out of the meet, the rest of the team really stepped up. There were some great races, especially from some of the younger members of the team.”

The Yellowjackets cut 58.82 seconds off of their time as a team and have several girls close to competing the Iron Woman Challenge. The Iron Woman is where each swimmer completes every individual event in a meet throughout the season.

The Yellowjackets dominated the 50 freestyle event. They took the top three spots, earning 13 team points in that event alone. Megan Tellinghuisen was a double winner and finished first in the 50 freestyle. She finished with a time of 27.98 seconds. Anna Carlson followed in second place, finishing at 28.63. She touched in just ahead of Irene Mursu, who finished third. Mursu finished with a time of 28.65.

Tellinghuisen’s second win of the day came in the 100 freestyle. She finished with a time of 1:01.03, earning top honors for the second time individually.

Olivea McDonald finished first overall in the 200 freestyle event. She ended with a time of 2:26.42, narrowly out-touching Thief River Falls’ Alanah Mack, who finished with a time of 2:26.78.

Maggie Ingebrand earned top honors in the 200 individual medley. The Yellowjacket swimmer won a race that went to the wire. She finished with a time of 2:53.35. She edged out TRF’s Camryn Schwab, who finished with a time of 2:53.52.

Irene Mursu took home first place honors in the 500 freestyle. She finished with a time of 6:30.27, cruising to the win by more than 15 seconds.

The Yellowjackets 200 freestyle relay team of Lacy Richter, Emily Martinson, McDonald and Tellinghuisen finished with a time of 1:54.44 for first place. The Yellowjackets 400 freestyle team of Tellinghuisen, Carlson, Mursu and Richter took home top honors, finishing at 4:21.91.

The Yellowjackets are tuning for their next action which will be on Thursday when they have a dual with Park Rapids Area.

“In the next couple of days, we will really be hitting it hard, pushing for more stamina,” Maiden said. “The girls are starting to last longer into the meet, but we still have some work ahead of us by way of endurance. We are seeing tons of improvement in regards to technique, but we’ll continue to fine-tune technique and turns in the coming weeks.”

The Yellowjackets will begin their meet at 6 p.m. when they travel to Park Rapids Area to swim against the Panthers.

Thief River Falls 87, Perham/NYM 82

Perham/NYM Individual Results

200 medley relay-2, Dena Fischer, Maggie Ingebrand, Irene Mursu, Anna Carlson, 2:10.68; 4, Lizzie Dale, Emily Martinson, Olivea McDonald, Dixie Carow, 2:21.41; 6, Shanetta Reitmeyer, Malaysia Gilster, Hannah Lung, Oakley McNair, 2:38.22; 200 freestyle-1, McDonald, 2:26.42; 4, Madi Ebeling, 2:38.94; 200 individual medley-1, Maggie Ingebrand, 2:53.35; 4, Kaydi Mursu, 3:20.30; 50 freestyle-1, Megan Tellinghuisen, 27.98; 2, Carlson, 28.63; 3, Irene Mursu, 28.65; 100 butterfly-4, Dale, 1:33.24; 5, Lung, 1:41.65; 6, Reitmeyer, 1:46.37; 100 freestyle-1, Tellinghuisen, 1:01.03; 4, Martinson, 1:06.31; 6, McNair, 1:10.00; 500 freestyle-1, Irene Mursu, 6:30.27; 4, Ebeling, 7:18.62; 6, Fischer, 7:25.23; 200 freestyle relay-1, Lacy Richter,  Martinson, McDonald, Tellinghuisen, 1:54.44; 4, Ingebrand, Ebeling, Gilster, Carow, 2:10.73; 6, Reitmeyer, Kaydi Mursu, Jasmyn Olson, Ellie Smith, 2:26.22; 100 backstroke- 4, Carlson, 1:16.58; 5, Dale, 1:25.69; 6, McNair, 1:30.38; 100 breaststroke-2, Ingebrand, 1:22.52; 3, McDonald, 1:26.43; 4, Martinson, 1:27.70.

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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