The Perham/New York Mills swimming team kicked off its competitive season with a triangular meet in Fosston on Sept. 5. The Yellowjackets split the duals when they defeated Crooktson 59-34, but were edged out by Fosston-Bagley 65-29 in their first competition of the season.

Perham/New York Mills head coach Jensen Maiden was pleased with the results following the team's first competitive performance of the season.

"What a great way to start off the Yellowjackets' competitive season," Maiden said in an email. "The team is young, but they are showing lots of potential and dedication early this season. We also showed much greater endurance than we typically do at this point of the season, which is very exciting."

The Yellowjackets added to their total of section qualifying swims with five of them during the meet. Lucy Schultz qualified in the 200 freestyle, while Irene Mursu qualified in a pair of events, the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke. Olivea McDonald qualified in the 100 breaststroke for the Yellowjackets. Hannah Lung qualified in the 100 backstroke as well, moving the team total to six.

The 200 medley team of Irene Mursu, Hannah Lung, Olivea McDonald and Ellie Smith finished second at 2:12.47. Schultz finished third in the 200 freestyle at 2:27.24, while Mursu was second in the 200 individual medley at 2:34.79. Ellie Smith was third in the 50 freestyle with a time of 29.84.

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McDonald earned a second place finish in the 100 butterfly at 1:21.57. Schultz was third in the 100 freestyle at 1:08.30, while Oakley McNair was fourth in the 500 freestyle at 7:13.66. The relay team of Mursu, Hannah Lung, Smith and McDonald came in second in the 200 freestyle at 1:56.97.

Mursu followed with a second place finish in the 100 backstroke at 1:12.98, while McDonald was third in the 100 breaststroke at 1:24.06. The team of Schultz, Kaydi Mursu, Shanetta Reitmeyer and McNair finished the meet in fourth in the 400 freestyle relay at 4:45.24.

"Overall, we are incredibly pleased with how this first meet went," Maiden said. "We are seeing lots of really strong swims for this early in the season, and the girls didn't fade out in the second half, meaning endurance is up."

The Yellowjackets return to the pool on Sept. 10 for a meet in Bemidji at 6 p.m.

Fosston-Bagley Triangular
Dual Meet Scores
Fosston-Bagley 65, Perham/NYM 29
Perham/NYM 59, Crookston 34
Fosston-Bagley 66, Crookston 26
Perham/NYM Individual Results
200 medley relay-2 PER, Irene Mursu, Hannah Lung, Olivea McDaonld, Ellie Smith, 2:12.47; 4 Lucie Meyer, Shanetta Reitmeyer, Kaydi Mursu, Oakley McNair, 2:24.21; 200 freestyle-3 Lucy Schultz, 2:27.24; 5 Shanetta Reitmeyer, 2:44.71; 200 individual medley-2 Irene Mursu, 2:34.79; 4 Kaydi Mursu, 2:58.79; 50 freestyle-3 Ellie Smith, 29.84; 4 Oakley McNair, 30.94; 100 butterfly-2 Olivea McDonald, 1:21.57; 5 Kaydi Mursu, 1:34.79; 100 freestyle-3 Lucy Schultz, 1:08.30; 5 Shanetta Reitmeyer, 1:16.30; 500 freestyle-4 Oakley McNair, 7:13.66; 5 Josi Mindermann, 8:37.45; 200 freestyle relay-2, Irene Mursu, Hannah Lung, Ellie Smith, Olivea McDonald, 1:56.97; 4 Lucy Schultz, Jasmyn Olson, Elle McDonald, Lucie Meyer, 2:12.42; 100 backstroke-2 Irene Mursu, 1:12.98; 4 Hannah Lung, 1:19.38; 100 breaststroke-3 Olivea McDonald, 1:24.06; 4 Ellie Smith, 1:28.13; 400 freestyle relay-4 Lucy Schultz, Kaydi Mursu, Shanetta Reitmeyer, Oakley McNair, 4:45.24; 5 Jasmyn Olson, Myra King, Chloe Koljonen, Elle McDonald, 5:24.36.