Perham-New York Mills' McDonald season's first Iron Woman, team takes fifth in Park Rapids

Results from Perham-New York Mills girls swimming in Park Rapids.

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Irene Mursu swims the 100 butterfly to a seventh-place finish in Park Rapids on Sept. 18, 2021. Perham took fifth place out of five teams and had eight section-qualifiers. (Vance Carlson / Forum News Service)

Perham-New York Mills freshman Elle McDonald became the first swimmer on the team to become an Iron Woman this season.

At the Park Rapids, where Perham-New York Mills took fifth, McDonald swam in all eight individual events. She also cut off 27 seconds on her 100-yard butterfly and 19 seconds on her 100-yard breaststroke.

Melrose took first place as a team with 551.5 points. Sauk Centre (511.5), Park Rapids (464.5) Detroit Lakes (432.5) and Perham-New York Mills (239) rounded out the scores for all five teams at the meet. Here are the highlights from Perham-New York Mills swimmers, including eight section qualifying times:

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Lucy Schultz swims the 200 freestyle to a 13-place and section-qualifier finish in Park Rapids on Sept. 18, 2021. Perham took fifth place out of five teams and had eight section-qualifiers. (Vance Carlson / Forum News Service)



DIVING- 2nd- Sophomore Brittney Lorentz (3rd), sophomore Avery McAllister (7th) and senior Madison Ruther; 200 MEDLEY RELAY- Junior Lucie Meyer, eighth-grader Taylor Ziemke, senior Irene Mursu and freshman Elle McDonald (5th); Junior Kaydi Mursu, 7th-grader Megan Galbrecht, eighth-grader Maggie Vickmark and junior Josi Mindermann (10th); 200 FREE- I. Mursu (8th, section qualifier), junior Lucy Schultz (13th section qualifier) and Vickmark (15th, 17-second cut, section qualifier) 200 IM- Ziemke (5th, 18-second cut, section qualifier) and senior Jasmyn Olson (17th);50 FREE- Mindermann (16th), Galbrecht (17th, two-second cut), eighth-grader Jaelyn Rodewald (18th, one-second cut and eighth-grader Madison Lohse; 100 FLY- I. Mursu (7th, section qualifier), Schultz (13th, section qualifier), McDonald (14th, 27-second cut) and freshman Molly Meyer (18th, six-second cut); 100 FREE- K. Mursu (11th), Lohse (18th, three second cut)and sophomore Madeleine Lamb (19th); 500 FREE- Vickmark (14th, 37-second cut, section qualifier), Mindermann (18th, three-second cut) and Galbrecht (19th); 200 FREE RELAY- McDonald, L. Meyer, M. Meyer and Schultz (6th); Olson, Lohse, Galbrecht and K. Mursu (10th); 100 BACK- Ziemke (11th, five-second cut, section qualifier), Olson (18th), Lamb (19th, four-second cut) and Rodewald (20th); 100 BREASTROKE- McDonald (12th, 19-second cut), K. Mursu (13th), L. Meyer (15th), M. Meyer (16th); 400 FREE RELAY- I. Mursu, Schultz, M. Meyer and Ziemke (5th); Mindermann, Rodewald, Lamb, Vickmark (10th)

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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