FERGUS FALLS – The Perham-New York Mills girls swimming and diving team took second place at the Otter Invitational on Saturday in Fergus Falls.
The Yellowjackets finished with a team score of 477 behind nine top-two finishes.
Lucy Schultz won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:10.53. She also swam in the Yellowjackets’ first-place 200-yard medley relay with Lucie Meyer, Katelyn Kratzke and Molly Meyer to a time of 2:13.20.
Taylor Ziemke paced all swimmers in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.27. She also won the 100-yard freestyle with a 57.99. Brittney Lorentz won the diving competition with a score of 238.4, beating out her teammate Avery McAllister (224.6) by just under 12 points.
Maggie Vickmark took second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:21.72. Josi Mindermann also had a runner-up finish with a time of 40.99 in the 50-yard backstroke.
Elle McDonald took second in the 100-yard backstroke race with a 1:11.77 finish. Molly Meyer’s time of 6:31.49 in the 500-yard freestyle was also good enough for second place.
The Yellowjackets traveled to Park Rapids on Thursday for a dual against the Panthers. Park Rapids came away with a 119-65 win. Full results from both meets are listed below.
OTTER INVITE TEAM SCORES- 1- Fergus Falls 66, 2- Perham-New York Mills 477, 3- Thief River Falls 430
PERHAM-NEW YORK MILLS VARSITY POINTS SCORERS- 200Y MEDLEY RELAY- 1- Lucie Meyer, Katelyn Kratzke, Lucy Schultz, Molly Meyer 2:13.20, 4- Maggie Vickmark, Madison Kratzke, Elle McDonald, Kaydi Mursu 2:20.95
(Results tallied by Vance Carlson of the Park Rapids Enterprise)
200 medley relay: 1, Park Rapids (Voigt, Lee, Schueller, Lauwagie), 2:07.64. 2, Park Rapids (Wagner, G. Shepersky, Deshayes, L. Seifert), 2:09.54. 3, Perham, 2:13.94. JV: Park Rapids (Langbehn, Lichter, M. Cederstrom, W. Seifert), 2:25.12; Park Rapids (Grewe, M. Shepersky, Grande, Sather), 2:32.77.
200 freestyle relay: 1, Park Rapids (L. Seifert, G. Shepersky, E. Vrieze, Himango), 1:53.95. 2, Park Rapids (Schueller, Bagstad, Edevold, N. Cederstrom), 1:54.58. 3, Perham, 1:56.41. JV: Park Rapids (K. Rowland, Officer, A. Rowland, L. Vrieze), 2:17.88; Park Rapids (Kaufenberg, Sather, M. Shepersky, Randall), 2:19.43.
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.