Big strides for Perham/NYM swimmers at Detroit Lakes


The Perham/New York Mills boys swimming team celebrated its final dual meet of the season with parents and senior night when they competed with Detroit Lakes on Jan. 30.

The meet with Detroit Lakes is the closest meet for the Yellowjacket swimmers during the season and is a rare opportunity for fans to see them in action. While the Lakers came away with a 105-67 victory, the young Yellowjackets team continued to make big strides in the pool as it heads towards sections.

“We had a really good meet. We had some real fun time drops,” Perham/NYM head coach Trent Swanson said. “Gavin Kehoe had a great evening in his individual events and our relays had some great splits.”

Swanson said the team can see the light at the end of the tunnel. They have the Last Chance Invite before the Mid-State Conference meet and the section championships.

“The team concept is really coming together, they know what it’s about and they are believing in it,” Swanson said. “It was just fun. It’s our last dual and it was really good. Aaron Wegscheid had an impressive 20-second drop in the 500 and we had a couple of kids qualify for sections.

“Duncan Skorup had a good night in the breaststroke and Kyle Swanson qualified in the breaststroke. They see the end is near and they are striving for what they need to get done.”

The Yellowjackets continued to cut time as a team. They dropped 80.43 seconds as a group and set 32 new personal records as a team. One of the key ingredients for the success of the team has come from the leadership provided from Wegscheid.

“They raise each other up and bring each other down. They really have been picking each other up,” Swanson said. “Aaron is the leader and he sets the bar high. We have a big crop of juniors and when they race with Aaron, the whole team goes with him and it’s a fantastic team environment.”

The Yellowjackets had two new members complete the Iron Man Challenge. The Iron Man is where a swimmer completes all eight individual events during a season. Jonah Bieger and Max George completed the challenge, joining Gavin Kehoe, Jett Karels and Kyle Swanson in completing that feat.

The Yellowjackets won the 400 freestyle relay behind the swimming of Kehoe, Tony Pi, Kevin Swanson and Duncan Skorup, finishing at 4:20.51. The 200 medley relay team of Wegscheid, Skorup, Kehoe and Colton Ditterich came in second at 2:02.90. Kyle Swanson was second in the 200 medley at 2:32.73, while Kehoe took second in the 100 butterfly at 1:08.66. Wegscheid was second in the 500 at 5:48.98, while Kehoe was second in the 100 backstroke at 1:13.85.  Skorup was first in the 100 breaststroke at 1:16.52, while Kyle Swanson was second at 1:19.93.

The Yellowjackets are back in the pool on Feb. 3 with the Last Chance Invitational at Park Rapids, beginning at 6 p.m.

Detroit Lakes 105, Perham/NY Mills 67 200 Medley relay 1 DL A 1:56.54 (Gulon, Bakken, Lindsey, Olson) 2 PNYM A 2:02.90 (Wegschied, Skorup, Kehoe, Ditterich) 3 DL B 2:09.54 (Zurn, Oakes, Bellefeuille, Metelak) 4 PNYM B 2:10.56 (Swanson, Swanson, Pi, Karels ) 200 Freestyle 1 Strawsell, Tucker DL 2:00.14 2 Kitzmann, Gabe DL 2:00.77 3 Wegscheid, Aaron PNYM 2:07.91 4 Gulon, John DL 2:08.60 5 Pi, Tony PNYM 2:48.19 200 IM 1 Olson, Tanner DL 2:22.92 2 Swanson, Kyle PNYM 2:32.73 3 Kitzmann, Elijah DL 2:33.61 4 Zurn, Jackson DL 2:39.22 5 George, Max PNYM 3:06.44 50 Freestyle 1 Kitzmann, Gabe DL 25.71 2 Bellefeuille, Josten DL 26.39 3 Skorup, Duncan PNYM 26.52 4 Lindsey, Landon DL 27.07 5 Swanson, Kevin PNYM 27.78 1m Diving 1 Metelak, Cole DL 194.15 2 Johnson, Edward DL 190.15 3 Weaver, Zane DL 138.80 100 Butterfly 1 Lindsey, Landon DL 1:00.77 2 Kehoe, Gavin PNYM 1:08.66 3 Bellefeuille, Josten DL 1:11.26 4 Pi, Tony PNYM 1:24.35 5 Bieger, Jonah PNYM 1:51.14 100 Freestyle 1 Parzyck, Lance DL 53.92 2 Bakken, Garrett DL 1:02.04 3 Swanson, Kevin PNYM 1:03.55 4 Karels, Jett PNYM 1:04.11 5 Steinke, Simon DL 1:04.14 500 Freestyle 1 Strawsell, Tucker DL 5:14.02 2 Wegscheid, Aaron PNYM 5:48.98 200 Freestyle relay 1 DL A 1:42.34 (G. Kitzmann, Parzyck, Olson, Strawsell) 2 DL B 1:50.63 (Gulon, Bakken, Bellefeuille, E. Kitzmann) 3 PNYM A 1:52.78 (Swanson, Ditterich, Karels, Wegscheid) 4 DL C 2:01.95 (Steinke, Bunn, Van Offelen, Zurn) 5 PNYM B 2:57.00 (Spencer, Frost, Rohloff, Becker) 100 Backstroke 1 Gulon, John DL 1:04.92 2 Kehoe, Gavin, PNYM 1:13.85 3 Kitzmann, Elijah DL 1:14.91 4 Bieger, Jonah PNYM 1:39.05 5 Frohling, Quentin PNYM 2:06.78 100 Breaststroke 1 Skorup, Duncan PNYM 1:16.52 2 Swanson, Kyle PNYM 1:19.93 3 Karels, Jett PNYM 1:28.00 --- Olson, Tanner DL X1:12.89 --- Parzyck, Lance DL X1:13.41 --- Bakken, Garrett DL X1:16.75 400 Freestyle relay 1 PER A 4:20.51 (Kehoe, Pi, Swanson, Skorup) --- DL A X3:50.63 (Strawsell, Lindsey, Parzyck, G. Kitzmann) --- DLKS-MN B X4:20.28 (Zurn, Van Offelen, Bunn, E. Kitzmann)