Perham-New York Mills hit several personal and program milestones in Moorhead

Results from Perham-New York Mills swimming and diving in Moorhead.

The Perham-New York Mills girls swimming and diving team went up to Moorhead and set 17 personal records last Tuesday. The records were a combination of season and all-time milestones in the Yellowjackets’ narrow 97-81 loss to the Spuds.

“The girls rocked it last night,” Perham head coach Jensen Grimley said. “Swimming against a much larger team is difficult, and we did not have the depth to pull off a win, but the girls saw a lot of success. There were two more section qualifications, one more girl completed her Iron Woman and another middle school record was broken.”

Eighth-grader Taylor Ziemke has been breaking middle schools records left and right this fall. On Tuesday, she set the new bar for the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:00.63. Ziemke shattered the previous record held by Jackie Hanson by 8.95 seconds.

Jaelyn Rodewald saw in the 200-yard IM and the 100-yard butterfly for the first time ever to complete her Iron Woman Challenge. She has now swum in all eight solo events this season. Molly Meyer and Elle McDonald set section qualification times in the 200-yard free and the 100-yard butterfly, respectively.



PERHAM-NEW YORK MILLS TOP THREE VARSITY FINISHERS- 200Y MEDLEY RELAY- 1st- Irene Mursu, Taylor Ziemke, Elle McDonald, Kaydi Mursu 2:12.10; 200Y FREE- 3rd- Molly Meyer 2:29.21; 200Y IM- 1st- I. Mursu 2:29.96; 50Y FREE- 3rd- K. Mursu- 30.26; DIVING- 1st- Brittney Lorentz 235.30, 2nd- Avery McAllister 214.75, 3rd- Madison Ruther 175.20; 100Y FLY- 3rd- Elle McDonald 1:20.42; 500Y FREE- 2nd- Ziemke 6:00.63, 3rd- Maffie Vickmark 6:41.70; 200Y FREE RELAY- 1st- McDonald, Lucie Meyer, Molly Meyer, Ziemke 2:00.54; 100Y BACK- 2nd- I. Mursu 1:08.97; 100-YARD BREASTSTROKE- 2nd- Ziemke 1:20.9; 400Y FREE RELAY- 1st- I. Mursu, M. Meyer, L. Meyer, K. Mursu 4:13.68; 2nd- Josi Mindermann, Madeline Lamb, Megan Galbrecht, Maggie Vickmarck 5:23.60

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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