The Perham/New York Mills swimming and diving team are used to competing in front of smaller crowds since many of their meets take place miles and miles away from Perham. For the Yellowjackets, there is one meet on the schedule that stands out from the others and that’s when they host their annual Senior and Parents Night at the Detroit Lakes Community Center.

This year, the Yellowjackets hosted the Lakers on Sept. 24 for a dual meet in the Aquatics Center. While the dual meet score favored the Lakers 130-55, the Yellowjackets took away many positives from the festive night for the home team.

“It was a good meet. At this point in the season, we start to tire out a lot. We are seeing some really great time drops and some time adds that the girls aren’t happy with, but it’s just sort of that part of the season,” Perham/NYM/Henning head coach Jensen Maiden said. “We saw some nice dives, specifically from our newcomers. All-in-all it was a great meet.”

Maiden said the team picks up extra energy for the meet with Detroit Lakes since they get to compete in front of their home fans.

“It’s exciting because we spend so much time on the road at meets that are so far away, we often don’t have a huge cheering section for us,” Maiden said. “Having a meet where we have a good crowd is exciting for the girls, and they tend to swim better when they are swimming for something.”

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Dena Fischer led the way in the diving competition for the Yellowjackets. The two-time state participant finished second behind Jackson Hegg. Fischer finished with a score of 217.05 points for her six dives. Brittney Lorentz was third with a score of 159.50 and Madison Ruther came in fourth at 149.50.

Perham/NYM's Dena Fischer soars through the air during the diving competition during the Yellowjackets' meet at Detroit Lakes. Jason Groth/FOCUS
Perham/NYM's Dena Fischer soars through the air during the diving competition during the Yellowjackets' meet at Detroit Lakes. Jason Groth/FOCUS

Maiden said the team is pushing for endurance, while sprinting. She said they are working on cleaning up little things in their techniques. She said the team has made huge progress from the start of the season to where they are today.

“It’s a young team and a less experienced team where we are seeing those eureka moments where a stroke clicks or a start looks good,” Maiden said. “We have seen a lot of progress, and it’s been really exciting and motivating.”

The 200 medley relay team of Olivea McDonald, Hannah Lung, Irene Mursu and Ellie Smith came in third place at two minutes and 13.36 seconds. Lucy Schultz was fourth in the 200 freestyle at 2:27.34. Ellie Smith was third in the 200 individual medley at 2:58.89, while Irene Mursu came in third at 26.95 of the 50 freestyle.

Perham/NYM's Irene Mursu takes the turn and heads towards the finish line of the 100 backstroke during Perham/NYM's home meet with Detroit Lakes. Jason Groth/FOCUS
Perham/NYM's Irene Mursu takes the turn and heads towards the finish line of the 100 backstroke during Perham/NYM's home meet with Detroit Lakes. Jason Groth/FOCUS

Kaydi Mursu came in fourth of the 100 butterfly at 1:28.10, while Smith was third in the 100 freestyle at 1:10.15. McDonald captured second place honors in the 500 freestyle at 6:27.87. The team of Irene Mursu, Smith, Schultz and McDonald finished second in the 200 freestyle relay at 1:57.22. Irene Mursu came in second place of the 100 backstroke at 1:10.11, while McDonald was second in the 100 breaststroke at 1:14.32.

Schultz, Oakley McNair, Lucie Meyer and Kaydi Mursu finished third in the 400 freestyle relay at 4:52.24.

The Yellowjackets return to the pool with a meet in Fosston on Sept. 28 at noon.

Detroit Lakes 130, Perham/NYM/Henning 55
Perham/NYM/Henning Individual Results
200 medley relay-3 Olivea McDonald, Hannah Lung, Irene Mursu, Ellie Smith, 2:13.36; 4 Lucie Meyer, Shanetta Reitmeyer, Kaydi Mursu, Oakley McNair, 2:24.80; 200 freestyle-4 Lucy Schultz, 2:27.34; 5 Oakley McNair, 2:38.14; 6 Jasmyn Olson, 2:48.99; 200 individual medley-3 Ellie Smith, 2:58.89; 4 Lucie Meyer, 3:00.73; 5 Kaydi Mursu, 3:01.45; 50 freestyle-3 Irene Mursu, 26.95; 5 Elle McDonald, 32.14; 6 Chloe Koljonen, 32.61; Diving-2 Dena Fischer, 217.05; 3 Brittney Lorentz, 159.50; 4 Madison Ruther, 149.50; 100 butterfly-4 Kaydi Mursu, 1:28.10; 100 freestyle- 3 Ellie Smith, 1:10.15; 4 Shanetta Reitmeyer, 1:13.10; 5 Myra King, 1:15.24; 500 freestyle-2 Olivea McDonald, 6:27.87; 3 Lucy Schultz, 6:42.51; 4 Oakley McNair, 7:14.13; 200 freestyle relay-3 Irene Mursu, Ellie Smith, Lucy Schultz, Olivea McDonald, 1:57.22; 4 Hannah Lung, Jasmyn Olson, Elle McDonald, Chloe Koljonen, 2:10.99; 100 backstroke-2 Irene Mursu, 1:10.11; 5 Lucie Meyer, 1:16.57; 6 Hannah Lung, 1:19.00; 100 breaststroke-2 Olivea McDonald, 1:14.32; 5 Shanetta Reitmeyer, 1:20.49; 400 freestyle relay-3 Lucy Schultz, Oakley McNair, Lucie Meyer, Kaydi Mursu, 4:52.24; 5 Myra King, Jasmyn Olson, Chloe Koljonen, Shanetta Reitmeyer, 5:21.35.