Girls swimming and diving: Yellowjackets claim third at Section 8A True Team

The Perham-New York Mills girls swimming and diving team took third place at the Section 8A True Team meet on Saturday in Warroad.

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The Perham-New York Mills girls swimming and diving teams took third place at the Section 8A true team meet on Oct. 15, 2022 in Warroad.
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WARROAD – The Perham-New York Mills girls swimming and diving team took third place at the Section 8A True Team meet on Saturday.

The Yellowjackets finished with a team score of 912, beating Detroit Lakes (886) for the third spot. Park Rapids won the meet with a score of 1,327.5, followed by Fergus Falls in second (1,030).

Perham-New York Mills took first place in three events. Taylor Ziemke won the 50 and 100-yard freestyle races. She clocked in at 26.02 in the 50 before winning with a time of 57.10 in the 100.

Brittney Lorentz and Avery McAllister finished in the top two spots in the diving competition again. Lorentz had the high score of 425.6, while McAllister totaled 363.3.

Elle McDonald took third place in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:09.59. She also swam the first leg in the Yellowjackets’ 200-yard medley relay with Katelyn Kratzke, Lucy Schultz and Ziemke. The relay finished in third with a time of 2:07.02.


Schultz notched a pair of fifth-place finishes. She clocked in at 1:08.77 in the 100-yard butterfly. She also swam the first leg in the 400-yard freestyle relay with Molly Meyer, Lucie Meyer and Ziemke to a time of 4:11.55.

SECTION 8A TRUE TEAM SCORES- 1- Park Rapids 1,327.5, 2- Fergus Falls 1,030, 3- Perham-New York Mills 912, 4- Detroit Lakes 886, 5- Thief River Falls 837.5, 6- Fosston-Bagley-Crookston 494, Warroad-Roseau-Greenbush-Middleriver

PERHAM-NEW YORK MILLS TOP 10 FINISHERS- 200Y MEDLEY RELAY- 3- Elle McDonald, Katelyn Kratzke, Lucy Schultz, Taylor Ziemke 2:07.02, 10- Maggie Vickmark, Cate Diggins, Jaelyn Rodewald, Kjersten Anderson 2:19.04

200Y FREE- 6- Molly Meyer 2:18.48

200Y IM- 8- McDonald 2:41.91

50Y FREE- 1- Ziemke 26.02, 8- Schultz 28.18

DIVING- 1- Brittney Lorentz 425.6, 2- Avery Mcallister 363.3

100Y FLY- 5- Schultz 1:08.77

100Y FREE- 1- Ziemke 57.10

500Y FREE- 7- Vickmark 6:20.32, Molly Meyer 6:29.02

200Y FREE RELAY- 8- Lucie Meyer, Kaydi Mursu, Vickmark, Molly Meyer 1:59.08

100Y BACK- 3- McDonald 1:09.59, 9- Lucie Meyer 1:15.69

100Y BREAST- 9- Kately Kratzke 1:23.26, 10- Diggins 1:26.02

400Y FREE RELAY- 5- Schultz, Molly Meyer, Lucie Meyer, Ziemke 4:11.55

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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