Perham head coach Jensen Maiden said that her team ended their season on a high note at the Section 8A meet.
All together, the Yellowjackets brought home two relay top eight finishes, eight individual top 16 finishes, two individual top eight finishes, a new middle school record and one would-be state qualifier.
The weekend began with the diving portion of the tournament in Bemidji. Freshman diver Brittney Lorentz took home fourth place. With this finish she would be on her way to the Minnesota state meet if there was one being held. Junior Madison Ruether and freshman Avery McAllister both took a top 16 finish in the tournament. They earned 14th and ninth place respectively.
Maiden said that all of her girls swam well in that portion of the meet hosted in Detroit Lakes. The Yellowjackets set personal records in almost every event in the swimming section of the meet.
She said that this end to the season was great for her team and all of the unexpected circumstances they had to overcome due to COVID-19.
“These obstacles have brought us closer together and taught us to really appreciate what we have together,” Maiden said. “Every practice, every bus ride and every meet became special.”
Sophomore Lucie Meyer, junior Irene Mursu, 7th grader Taylor Ziemke, and sophomore Lucy Schultz - 7th with a 6 second cut
Irene Mursu - 13th
Sophomore Kaydi Mursu - 25th with a 2.5 second cut
Lucie Meyer - 29th with a 1.5 second cut
Senior Shanetta Reitmeyer - 27th with a 2.5 second cut
Lucy Schultz - 28th
8th Grader Elle McDonald - 29th with a 2.5 second cut
8th Grader Molly Meyer - 30th with a 0.13 second cut
Taylor Ziemke - 11th with a 1 second cut and a new middle school record (the old record was set by Irene Mursu in 2017)
Lucy Schultz - 14th with a 2.5 second cut
Kaydi Mursu - 17th with a 2 second cut
Taylor Ziemke - 18th with a 3 second cut
Irene Mursu - 8th
200 Free Relay
Taylor Ziemke, Lucy Schultz, Kaydi Mursu, and Irene Mursu - 8th with a 1 second cut
Lucie Meyer - 13th with a 5.5 second cut
Molly Meyer - 24th with a 1 second cut
Elle McDonald - 27th with a 1.5 second cut
Shanetta Reitmeyer - 22nd
400 Free Relay
Lucie Meyer, Molly Meyer, Elle McDonald, and Kaydi Mursu - 9th with an 8.5 second cut