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Girls swimming and diving: Yellowjackets beat Thief River Falls for the first time in 11 years

The Perham-New York Mills swimming and diving team beat Thief River Falls head-to-head fore the first time in 11 seasons on Monday night.

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Perham-New York Mills' Debroa Porcelluzzi swims in the 100-yard butterfly on Sept. 17, 2022 in the Park Rapids Invitational.
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THIEF RIVER FALLS – The Perham-New York Mills girls swimming and diving team accomplished a feat for the first time in 11 years on Monday night.

It has been 11 years since the Yellowjackets beat Thief River Falls in a dual meet. On Monday, they pulled out an 85-84 win on the road.

It came down to the final race. Lucy Schultz, Molly Meyer, Lucie Meyer and Taylor Ziemke took first place in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 4:12.38. Perham-New York Mills needed its second relay team to beat the Prowlers’ A-team.

Maggie Vickmark, Kaydi Mursu, Jaelyn Rodewald and Elle McDonald took second place with a time of 4:27.31, beating TRF’s top team by two seconds.

“First win in over 11 years against TRF in their home pool–very exciting stuff,” Perham-New York Mills head coach Courtney Skarie said. “Our seconds and third swimmers in every event helped secure this varsity win by one point. It came down to the last relay.”


The Yellowjackets took first place in three other events. Vickmark won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:21.18, while Kaydi Mursu won the 200-yard IM (2:44.44). Ziemke also won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 59.62.

On Saturday, the Yellowjackets traveled to Park Rapids to compete in a four-team invite. They finished in fourth place with 351 points.

Ziemke took first place in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.26. Brittney Lorentz took second in the diving competition with a score of 209.20, followed by Avery McAllister in third (207.00).

Melrose won the meet with a team score of 638, followed by Park Rapids (608) and Sauk Centre (456).


PERHAM- NEW YORK MILLS VARSITY FINISHERS- 200Y MEDLEY RELAY- 3- Lucie Meyer, Cate Diggins, Kaydi Mursu, Kjirsten Anderson 2:21.18

200Y FREE- 1- Maggie Vickmark 2:21.97, 2- Molly Meyer 2:22.04, 6- Jaelyn Rodewald 2:34.78

200Y IM- 1- Mursu 2:44.44, 3- Megan Galbrecht 2:55.32

50Y FREE- 2- Lucy Schultz 28.24, 3- L. Meyer 29.22, 4- Elle McDonald 29.31

100Y FLY- 2- Schultz 1:14.38, 4- Mursu 1:20.79, 6- Rodewald 1:26.72

100Y FREE RELAY- 1- Taylor Ziemke 59.62, M. Meyer 1:03.94, 6- Katelyn Kratzke 1:15.95

500Y FREE- 2- Galbrecht 6:49.15, 4- Madison Kratzke 7:31.22, 6- Madeline Lamb 7:51.43

200Y FREE RELAY- 2- Vickmark, Rodewald, Galbrecht, M. Meyer 2:02.43. 4- Cate Diggins, Anderson, Kylie Lamb, M. Kratzke 2:11.66

100Y BACK- 2- McDonald 1:10.13, L. Meyer 1:13.15, 4- Vickmark 1:14.12

100Y BREAST- 2- K. Kratzke 1:24.67, 3- M. Kratzke 1:29.46, 4- Diggins 1:30.33

400Y FREE RELAY- 1- Schultz, M. Meyer, L. Meyer, Ziemke 4:12.38, 2- Vickmark, Mursu, Rodewald, McDonald 4:27.31

PARK RAPIDS SWIMMING AND DIVING INVITATIONAL TEAM SCORES- 1- Melrose 639, 2- Park Rapids 608, 3- Sauk Centre 456, 4- Perham-New York Mills 351

PERHAM-NEW YORK MILLS VARSITY POINTS SCORERS- 200Y MEDLEY RELAY- 7- Vickmark, Diggins, Rodewald, Mursu 2:20.14, 8- Madison Lohse, Galbrecht, M. Kratzke, Mona Schuette 2:31.82

200Y FREE- 10- Mursu 2:26.33, 12- Galbrecht 2:29,34, 15- M. Kratzke 2:46.23, 16- Diggins 2:50.29

200Y IM- 7- Vickmark 2:45.02, 10- M. Meyer 2:46.68, 13- L. Meyer 2:55.45, 14- Rodewald 2:59.05

50Y FREE- 1- Ziemke 25.26, 8- Schultz 29.29, 15- Anderson 31.99, 16- Schuette 34.31

DIVING- 2- Brittney Lorentz 209.20, 3- Avery McAllister 207.00

100Y FLY- 8- Schultz 1:12.02, 13- Vickmark 1:18.44, 14- McDonald 1:19.43, 16- Debora Porcelluzzi 1:30.82

100Y FREE- 8- M. Meyer 1:04.04, 12- L. Meyer 1:06.76, 14- Mursu 1:09.00, 16- Schuette 1:17.00

500Y FREE- 11- Rodewald 7:10.68, 12- K. Kratzke 7:44.26, 13- M. Lamb 7:51.40

200Y FREE RELAY- 5- Porcelluzzi, Rodewald, ziemke, Schultz 2:00.72. 8- M. Kratzke, Galbrecht, M. Meyer, McDonald 2:03.04

100Y BACK- 3- Ziemke 1:11.19, 9- McDonald 1:12.90, 14- Galbrecht 1:23.86, 15- Lohse 1:26.36

100Y BREAST- 12- K. Kratzke 1:27.71, 14- M. Kratzke 1:30.32, 15- Diggins 1:32.05, 16- Anderson 1:35.57

400Y FREE RELAY- 4- Ziemke, McDonald, Schultz, Meyer 4:14.58, 7- Vickmark, K. Kratzke, Mursu, L. Meyer

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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