The Perham/New York Mills girls swimming and diving team had a quick turnaround after competing in the Park Rapids Invitational on Sept. 14 when they traveled to Thief River Falls to take on the Prowlers on Sept. 16.
The Prowlers edged the Yellowjackets 112-57. Despite the score, Perham/NYM's head coach Jensen Maiden said it was a great meet for the Yellowjackets.
"Several of our younger swimmers tried new events, and the more experienced swimmers are getting times close to or faster than their end of season times from last year," Maiden said in an email. "All-in-all, we're seeing a lot of exciting things happening in the pool."
The Yellowjackets had several new swims in pursuit of the Iron Woman Challenge the team participates in among themselves. The challenge is when a swimmer competes in all eight of the individual races during the season. Olivea McDonald, Oakley McNair, Shanetta Reitmeyer, Irene Mursu and Jasmyn Olson completed the challenge during the meet with Thief River Falls.
McDonald and Mursu qualified for the section meet in a pair of events. McDonald qualified in the 200 freestyle and the 100 freestyle, which was her fifth and sixth events. Mursu qualified in the 100 freestyle which is her eighth event she has qualified in, which is every individual swim during a meet.
"We have been working on racing while tired, as well as racing for longer distances," Maiden said. "We are excited to see the results over the next couple of weeks."
The Yellowjackets return to the pool on Sept. 19 when they compete against Park Rapids Area at 6 p.m. in Park Rapids.