Fischer captures diving crown at Section 8A Championships

The Perham/New York Mills/Henning swimming and diving team competed in the Section 8A Championships in Grand Rapids on Nov. 8 and 9.

The Yellowjackets finished seventh in the team standings with 113 points and crowned one section champion. Grand Rapids captured the team title with 439 points, while Detroit Lakes was second with 419 points. Bemidji finished third, followed by Park Rapids Area and Fergus Falls, rounding out the top five.

“The Yellowjackets had a strong finish to their season this past weekend,” Perham/NYM/Henning head coach Jensen Maiden said. “Almost everyone had at least one season or all-time personal record and we had several podium finishes.”

Perham/NYM/Henning diver Dena Fischer captured the Section 8A Championship and set a new school record with her 11 dive score. She finished with a score of 416.50.

“The divers really showed off how hard they’ve been working,” Maiden said. “Eighth-grader Brittney Lorentz, proved herself a contender by taking eighth on her very first strip to the section meet. Fischer had a beautiful showing at her final section meet, taking 26 points and setting a new 11-dive school record.”


Lorentz finished with 323.05 points and was the only junior high member of the Yellowjackets’ swimming team to compete at sections.

Fischer will be making her third straight Class A Championship appearance. The senior diver has shattered the Perham/NYM/Henning record books during her career and hopes to improve on last year’s 11th place finish at the championships.

The Perham 200 medley relay team finished seventh overall. Olivea McDonald, Irene Mursu, Ellie Smith and Oakley McNair finished with a time of two minutes and 5.41 seconds.

Mursu earned a medal with a sixth place finish in the 200 individual medley. She finished with a time of 2:25.88. She finished ninth in the 100 backstroke at 1:09.04 as well.

Mursu was a member of the eighth place finishing 200 freestyle relay team. Mursu was joined by McNair, Kaydi Mursu and McDonald when they finished with a time of 1:54.16.

The 400 freestyle relay team of Kaydi Mursu, Lucy Schultz, McNair and McDonald closed out the event with a 10th place finish. They recorded a time of 4:22.35.

Maiden said it was a great year for the Perham/NYM/Henning swim program.

“We had several new additions to the team, and they proved that they were here to learn and improve,” Maiden said. “We saw a lot of hard work and dedication this season. It makes us really excited for the future.”


The Yellowjackets will be parting with a trio of seniors, who left their mark on the program in the form of McDonald, Smith and Fischer. Maiden said they look forward to seeing their future accomplishments.

Fischer will compete in the Class A Championships on Nov. 14 and 15 at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.

Section 8A Swimming and Diving Championships

Grand Rapids 439, Detroit Lakes 419, Bemidji 292, Park Rapids Area 291, Fergus Falls 206, Thief River Falls 123, Perham/NY Mills/Henning 113, Warroad/Roseau/GB-MR 81, Crookston 58.

(Top 2 swimmers, relays, top four divers advance to state)

200 Medley relay

1 Grand Rapids 1:52.53; 2 Detroit Lakes 1:52.98 (Steinke, M. Gerdes, Tracy, E. Westrum)

200 Freestyle


1 Elsa Viren GR 1:59.12; 2 Kaitlyn Peterson DL 1:59.15

200 Individual Medley

1 Jennifer Tracy, DL 2:12.88; 2 Emilie Carlson FF 2:17.61

50 Freestyle

1 Ellie Ulvini PR 24.76; 2 Annika Dalager TRF 25.01

1m Diving (Top 4 advance)

1 Dena Fischer PER 416.50; 2 Addie Albrecht GR 390.50; 3 Jackson Hegg DL 386.95; 4 Mady Schmidt BEM 377.60

100 Butterfly

1 Jennifer Tracy DL 58.49; 2 Evan Westrum DL 59.99

100 Freestyle

1 Ellie Ulvin PR 55.15; 2 Emma Vrieze PR 56.14

500 Freestyle

1 Elsa Viren GR 5:25.30; 2 Kaitlyn Peterson DL 5:25.90

200 Freestyle relay

1 Grand Rapids 1:41.24; 2 Detroit Lakes 1:41.50 (E. Westrum, Steinke, Johnson, Peterson)

100 Backstroke

1 Alyssa Jackson GR 1:01.62; 2 Lucy Steinke DL 1:02.24

100 Breaststroke

1 Madi Gerdes DL 1:09.63; 2 Hannah Rauzi GR 1:10.21

400 Freestyle relay

1 Grand Rapids 3:42.68; 2 Detroit Lakes 3:44.11 (Tracy, Johnson, F. Hamm, Peterson)

Perham/NYM/Henning Individual Results

200 medley relay

7 Olivea McDonald, Irene Mursu, Ellie Smith, Oakley McNair, 2:05.41

200 freestyle

23 Kaydi Mursu, 2:24.72; 26 Lucy Schultz, 2:29.68; 27 Oakley McNair, 2:30.84

200 individual medley

6 Irene Mursu, 2:25.88; 28 Shanetta Reitmeyer, 2:53.76; Lucie Meyer, DQ

50 Freestyle

32 Hannah Lung, 30.22


1 Dena Fischer 416.50; 8 Brittney Lorentz, 323.05

100 freestyle

25 Kaydi Mursu, 1:05.20; 28 Oakley McNair, 1:07.45

500 freestyle

17 Olivea McDonald 6:07.63; 28 Lucy Schultz 6:46.51

200 freestyle relay

8 Irene Mursu, Oakley McNair, Kaydi Mursu, Olivea McDonald, 1:54.16

100 backstroke

9 Irene Mursu, 1:09.04; 25 Lucie Meyer, 1:17.07; 27 Hannah Lung, 1:19.72

100 breaststroke

22 Ellie Smith, 1:24.36; 23 Shanetta Reitmeyer 1:24.78; 26 Olivea McDonald, 1:26.45

400 freestyle relay

10 Kaydi Mursu, Lucy Schultz, Oakley McNair, Olivea McDonald, 4:22.35

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