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.
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.