Perham-New York Mills sets 15 personal records in Fosston

Perham-New York Mills girls swimming and diving team at the Fosston invite.

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Taylor Ziemke swims a freestyle race on Sept. 27, 2021 against Detroit Lakes at the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center. Ziemke broke middle school records in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle races on Saturday at the Fosston invite. Perham-New York Mills took first place out of four teams. (Jared Rubado / Detroit Lakes Tribune)

The Perham-New York Mills girls swimming and diving team pulled out a win at the Fosston invite on Saturday while shattering personal records in 15 events.

The most exciting race of the night came in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The Yellowjackets fell behind by about 10 yards heading into the last leg. Eighth-grader Taylor Ziemke pushed out her fastest 50-yard split ever to close in on the Warroad-Roseau-Greenbush-Middle River swimmer. The Perham team took first by 0.53 seconds.

The Yellowjackets took first in nine events and set two middle school records. Elle McDonald added another action qualifying time in the 500-yard freestyle, which broke her personal record by 15 seconds.

The Yellowjackets have just three dual meets and true team sections left in the regular season.

"It's time to buckle down," Perham head swimming and diving coach Jensen Grimley said. "The girls who have qualified for sections will be swimming some off-events, while the girls who haven't qualified will be focusing on the events they're closest in. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us."


The Perham-New York Mills swim team celebrates its first-place finish at the Fosston invite on Oct. 2, 2021. The Yellowjackets took first place in nine out of 11 events and set 15 personal records. (Submitted)


200Y MEDLEY RELAY-1st- freshman Elle McDonald, senior Irene Mursu, eighth-grader Taylor Ziemke and junior Lucy Schultz; 6th- junior Josi Mindermann, eighth-grader Maggie Vickmark, junior Kaydi Mursu and senior Jasmyn Olson; 200Y FREE- 1st- K. Mursu (season PR by three seconds); 2nd- junior Lucie Meyer (all-time PR by 1.5 seconds); 8th- Mindermann; 200Y IM: 1st- I. Mursu; 5th- freshman Molly Meyer; 7th- seventh-grader Megan Galbrecht (all-time PR by two seconds); 8th- Olson (all-time PR by three seconds); 50Y FREE- 1st- Ziemke (all-time PR by 0.5 seconds, new middle school record); 5th- McDonald; 9th- seventh-grader Jaelyn Rodewald (all-time PR by 0.13 seconds); 12th- eighth-grader Madison Lohse; 100Y FLY: 2nd- Schultz; 3rd- Vickmark; 9th- sophomore Madeleine Lamb; 100Y FREE- 1st- Ziemke (all-time PR by 1.5 seconds, first time under the minute mark, new middle school record); 4th- M. Meyer; 7th- Rodewald; 500Y FREE- 1st- K. Mursu (all-time PR by 11 seconds); 2nd- McDonald (all-time PR by 13 seconds & section qualifying); 9th- Mindermann; 200Y FREE RELAY- 1st- Schultz, L. Meyer, M. Meyer, Ziemke; 7th- Rodewald, Galbrecht, Lamb, Vickmark; 100Y BACK- 1st- I. Mursu; 4th- L. Meyer; 7th- Olson (season PR by one second); 8th- Lohse; 100Y BREAST- 2nd- Schultz; 5th- Vickmark; 6th- Galbrecht (all-time PR by three seconds); 10th- Lamb (season PR by 3 seconds); 400Y Free Relay: 1st- M. Meyer, L. Meyer, K. Mursu, I. Mursu; 4th- Olson, Mindermann, Galbrecht, McDonald

TEAM RESULTS- 1- Perham-New York Mills 327, 2- Warroad-Roseau,Greenbush-Middle River 231, 3- Fosston-Bagley 221, 4-Crookston 127

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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