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Swimmers second at Fosston, Fischer breaks record in Bemidji

It was a record-breaking day for the Perham/New York Mills swimming and diving team when they took part in the Fosston/Bagley Invitational on Sept. 30. The Yellowjackets finished second overall in the five team meet.

The meet was won by the host team, Fosston-Bagley, who finished with 276 points for first place. Perham/NYM came in second place finish with 238 points. Crookston was third, followed by Staples-Motley and Thief River Falls.

Perham/NYM diver Dena Fischer set a new school mark for 11 dives. She finished with a score of 372.05, shattering the 2014 record by 41 points. She finished second overall in the event. It was a strong meet for the divers overall. Kassidy Kovar finished ninth overall in her first 11-dive meet.

Perham/NYM head coach Jensen Maiden said both the divers and the swimmers had a great weekend competing in different locations. The divers took part in the Bemidji Invitational, while the swimmers were competing in the Fosston Invitational.

Overall, the Yellowjackets had 21 swimmers set new personal record, cutting a total of 73.08 seconds from their time as a team. The Yellowjackets put two relay teams on the podium during the day and showcased their depth throughout on their way to second place.

The team of Irene Mursu, Maggie Ingebrand, Olivea McDonald and Megan Tellinghuisen came in second place in the 200 medley relay. They finished with a time of 2:09.99.

The Yellowjackets grabbed the top spot in the 200 freestyle relay event. Mursu, Emily Martinson, McDonald and Tellinghuisen finished with a time of 1:53.08, earning top honors.

Individually, Mursu took home silver medal honors in the 200 individual medley. Mursu touched in with a time of 2:38.79, securing second place by a wide margin. Mursu added a bronze medal in the 100 butterfly. She finished with a time of 1:15.50, capturing third place honors.

Tellinghuisen finished in third place, bringing home the bronze with a time of 2:15.80 in the 200 freestyle.

Ingebrand captured a bronze medal as well with a time of 1:22.08 in the 100 breaststroke event.

“The girls are seeing their hard work and determination pay off, and we are incredibly proud of all they have accomplished so far,” Maiden said. “We are also starting to focus on the little things that are holding the girls back, predominantly when it comes to turns. Those are the things we will be working on between meets this week.”

The Yellowjackets returned to action with a meet in Moorhead on Oct. 3, before traveling to Grand Rapids for an Invitational, beginning at 5 p.m. on Oct. 5.

Fosston-Bagley 276, Perham/NYM 238, Crookston 227, Staples-Motley 144, Thief River Falls 33

Perham/NYM Individual Results

200-medley relay-2, Irene Mursu, Maggie Ingebrand, Olivea McDonald, Megan Tellinghuisen, 2:09.9; 5, Destinee Snyder, Emily Martinson, Dixie Carow, Madi Ebeling, 2:15.76; 8, Hannah Lung, Malaysia Gilster, Shanetta Reitmeyer, Ellie Smith, 2:32.04; 12, Josi Mindermann, Chloe Koljonen, Hanna Beck, Madison Tharaldson, 3:14.11; 200 freestyle-3, Tellinghuisen, 2:15.80; 5, Oakley McNair, 2:36.74; 7, Lung, 2:37.83; 9, Kaydi Mursu, 2:48.58; 200 individual medley-2, Irene Mursu, 2:38.79; 6, Lizzie Dale, 2:58.04; 7, Shanetta Reitmeyer, 3:04.80; 10, Jasmyn Olson, 3:21.87; 50 freestyle-4, Emily Martinson, 28.94; 6, Dixie Carow, 29.64; 8, Madi Ebeling, 30.12; 9, Olivea McDonald, 30.46; 100 butterfly-3, Irene Mursu, 1:15.50; 8, Gilster, 1:26.95; 11, Kaydi Mursu, 1:41.23; 100 freestyle-5, Carow, 1:06.62; 7, Ingebrand, 1:07.77; 10, Destinee Snyder, 1:12.95; 16, Ellie Smith, 1:18.27; 500 freestyle-5, Tellinghuisen, 6:15.54; 8, Lung, 7:08.71; 9, McNair, 7:25.45; 200 freestyle relay-1, Irene Mursu, Martinson, McDonald, Tellinghuisen, 1:53.08; 4, Ingebrand, Dale, Snyder, McNair, 2:03.72; 8, Kaydi Mursu, Olson, Lucy Schultz, Smith, 2:19.62; 12, Mindermann, Beck, Koljonen, Madison Tharaldson, 2:45.15; 100 backstroke-6, McDonald, 1:19.75; 8, Ebeling, 1:22.90; 11, Reitmeyer, 1:29.97; 13, Olson, 1:32.93; 100 breaststroke-3, Ingebrand, 1:22.24; 5, Dale, 1:27.60; 6, Gilster, 1:30.63; 400 freestyle relay-5, Ebeling, Dale, Carow, McNair, 4:38.88; 8, Snyder, Lung, Kaydi Mursu, Gilster, 4:54.67; 10, Reitmeyer, Olson, Schultz, Smith, 5:14.16; 13, Mindermann, Beck, Koljonen, Tharaldson, 6:35.52.

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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