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Perham swimmers excited for meet in Detroit Lakes

Perham-The Perham Yellowjacket swimming team has grown accustom to being the true road warriors. Without a competition size pool in Perham, the Yellowjackets spend the season competing on the road at events in Morris, Brainerd, Bemidji, Moorhead ...

Perham-The Perham Yellowjacket swimming team has grown accustom to being the true road warriors.

Without a competition size pool in Perham, the Yellowjackets spend the season competing on the road at events in Morris, Brainerd, Bemidji, Moorhead and several other sites that make it tough for their fans to travel to.

However, the hometown faithful will have an opportunity to watch the Yellowjacket 11 compete, without having to put on the miles.

The Yellowjackets will take on Highway 10 rival, Detroit Lakes, on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at the Detroit Lakes Area Community Center Aquatics Center at 6 p.m.

It’s an opportunity that has the Yellowjackets excited.

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“It’s the only time that we are very close to swimming at home,” Perham Head Coach Trent Swanson said. “We do a lot of traveling. We never have a home meet because we don’t have a home pool. Detroit Lakes is a fun place to swim.”

Swanson and the Yellowjackets enjoy the atmosphere and the cordial nature of the people at the Detroit Lakes Area Community Center.

“The two teams get along really well. It’s an electrifying meet,” Swanson said. “I hear fans, that have never been to a meet before, that can’t believe how electrifying and how loud it is. It’s constantly a roar. It’s contagious.”

Swanson is hoping to get a lot of support for the meet at Detroit Lakes. He adds that the kids build on the support they receive at this meet.

“We go everywhere else and the other teams are aware that we don’t have a big attendance in the stands, so they cheer for us as well,” Swanson said. “You should see the look on the kids’ face when they have an aunt, a friend or a neighbor that comes by to cheer for them and then you see the effort they give. When I think they already have given me everything already, there is a whole different level that they dig into when there is someone there cheering for them and showing support for them.”

The Yellowjackets had a strong showing at the Section 5A True Team meet, cutting time and setting personal records across the board.

“They are putting the time in, putting the effort in and they are learning,” Swanson said. “These guys work every day, tirelessly, putting in hundreds and thousands of yards to perfect it and to get maximum efficiency out of it. They are doing that with each of the four strokes. They are taking the hard road and are working to learn it, whether it comes natural or not. Their work ethic in the pool, amazes me.”

The Yellowjackets and the Lakers share a friendly rivalry. Swanson compares it to Perham/Frazee in wrestling and like the Perham/Hawley rivalry in basketball.

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“It’s your next door neighbor, they are always competitive and always good,” Swanson said. “I would relate it to that. For us this is our big competition. These guys have been swimming against each other for years. Our experienced guys know all of their guys. We have a great relationship with their coach.”

The Yellowjackets and the Lakers take to the pool at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at the Detroit Lakes Area Community Center.

“They are really excited to get in front of a hometown crowd and get that support,” Swanson said. 

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