The Perham/New York Mills swimming and diving team competed in the annual Park Rapids Invitational on Sept. 14 in Park Rapids. The Yellowjackets finished fifth overall in the strong field. Sauk Centre swam away with the title with 649 points.
Detroit Lakes came in second place with 491 points, while Melrose was third with 459 points. Park Rapids Area was fourth with 433 points and Perham/NYM was fifth with 167 points.
"Despite some illness and fatigue, the girls pushed through and persevered," Perham/NYM head coach Jensen Maiden said. "The girls set 22 personal records, cutting 32.24 seconds in the pool and adding 39.2 points on the board."
Perham/NYM's Dena Fischer started the day off with a first place finish. She recorded 222.70 points, earning her second win of the season. Perham/NYM had a pair of divers in the top five when Brittney Lorentz came in with a score of 142.65 points.
Along with the strong performance from Fischer, the Yellowjackets posted four more section qualifying swims. Olivea McDonald qualified in the 200 individual medley with a time of two minutes and 44.54 seconds. She qualified in the 100 backstroke as well with a time of 1:18.11. She has now qualified in four events. Irene Mursu qualified in the 200 freestyle at 2:18.95. She qualified in the 500 freestyle as well with a time of 6:16.40. She finished seventh overall in the race as well. Mursu has qualified in seven events, while the team total sits at 15.
The 200 medley relay team of Hannah Lung, Mursu, McDonald and Ellie Smith came in ninth place at 2:14.96. The 200 freestyle relay team of McDonald, Smith, Oakley McNair and Mursu came in ninth place with a time of 2:00.53.
It was a short turnaround for the Yellowjackets when they competed in Thief River Falls on Sept. 16.