Perham/NYM places seventh in Section 5A

Swimmers set personal records, look forward to next season

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Perham’s Luke Becker swims his leg of the 200-yard medley relay in the Section 5A swimming finals on Saturday at Bemidji High School. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)

The season for the Perham/New York Mills swimmers ended Saturday, March 13, at the Section 5A tournament in Bemidji. The Yellowjackets placed seventh out of 10 teams, and although they won't advance to the state tournament, many swimmers set new personal records to build on next season.

Junior Dan Kingsley, who individually swam the 50 and 100 freestyle, said before the meet that his goal this season was to swim the 50 freestyle in less than 24 seconds. He accomplished this Saturday, finishing with a time of 23.90 and placing eleventh in the event. He also cut two seconds from his time in the 100 freestyle and took twelfth place.

Perham Middle School also had two of its records broken by eighth grader Blake Swenson. In the 200 individual medley, in which he took fourteenth place, he cut nine seconds off his previous best and set a new middle school record of 2:25.92, breaking the 2007 record by nearly five seconds.

In the 100 backstroke, Swenson broke the middle school record for the fourth time this season. He cut two seconds for a time of 1:01.77 and a tenth place finish.

Junior Max George set a personal record in the 200 freestyle, finishing in nineteenth place with a time of 2:15.50. George was also named captain of the meet for the Yellowjackets.


Sartell took first place with 562 points, followed by Alexandria with 456 and Bemidji with 290 points.

Section 5A Results

1 Sartell - 562

2 Alexandria - 456

3 Bemidji - 290

4 Melrose-Sauk Centre - 288

5 Park Rapids - 165

6 Fergus Falls 146


7 Perham/New York Mills - 83

8 Detroit Lakes - 65

8 Morris - 65

10 Thief River Falls - 59

Individual Results

200 Medley Relay-7 Blake Swenson, Luke Becker, Dan Kingsley, Max George, 1:58.49; 200 Freestyle-19 Max George, 2:15.50; 200 Individual Medley-14 Blake Swenson, 2:25.92; 50 Freestyle-11 Dan Kingsley, 23.90; 29 Luke Becker, 26.89; 30 Hermie Frost, 26.93; 32 Jonah Bieger, 27.12; 100 Freestyle-12 Dan Kingsley, 53.68; 500 Freestyle-17 Bjorn Anderson 6:00.43; 18 Max George, 6:06:00; 200 Freestyle Relay-7 Blake Swenson, Max George, Luke Becker, Dan Kingsley, 1:41.78; 100 Backstroke-10 Blake Swenson, 1:01.77; 21 Jonah Bieger, 1:16.04; 22 Domanik Hagen, 1:17.28; 100 Breaststroke-22 Luke Becker, 1:21.52; 400 Freestyle Relay-10 Domanik Hagen, Bjorn Anderson, Hermie Frost, Jonah Bieger, 4:15.68

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Perham’s Max George takes a breath in the 200-yard freestyle in the Section 5A swimming finals on Saturday at Bemidji High School. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)

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