Yellowjacket swimmers set new marks at Park Rapids Area

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Perham/NYM's Irene Mursu competes in the 200 individual medley against Park Rapids Area. Mursu qualified for sections now in all eight individual events. (Vance Carlson / Forum News Service)

The Perham/New York Mills girls swimming and diving team set several personal records during their meet with Park Rapids Area on Sept. 24 in Park Rapids.

The Yellowjackets were defeated 103-66 but posted seven season personal records and 23 all-time personal records during the meet.

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Perham/NYM's Molly Meyer comes up for a breath during the 200 individual medley against Park Rapids Area. (Jason Groth / Perham Focus)

“The girls had a really exciting meet in Park Rapids,” Perham/NYM head coach Jensen Maiden said. “Historically, Park Rapids is a great meet for us, as we round the corner of the mid-season slump. This year’s meet did not disappoint.”


Maiden said almost every single swimmer set at least one personal record in the meet. The Yellowjackets had two more members qualify for sections. Taylor Ziemke hit the qualifying time in the 500 freestyle, while Irene Mursu qualified in the 100 butterfly. It’s the eighth individual event for Mursu to qualify in. It’s the third year that Mursu has done that during her swimming career.

The Yellowjackets kicked off the meet by setting a new middle school record. The team of Molly Meyer, Katelyn Kratzke, Ziemke and Elle McDonald set the new mark at two minutes and 20.04 seconds in the 200 medley relay. The record was previously set by Megan Shipman, Leah Richter, Abby Kratzke and Katie Formanek in 2004.

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Perham/NYM's Taylor Ziemke takes a quick breath and pushes herself forward in the 200 freestyle swimming event against Park Rapids Area. (Vance Carlson / Forum News Service)

Lucy Schultz picked up a first place finish in the 100 backstroke at 1:23.38, while Shanetta Reitmeyer came in first in the 100 breaststroke at 1:28.14. The 400 freestyle relay team of Kaydi Mursu, Josi Mindermann, Kratzke and Schultz came in first with a time of 5:00.25. Park Rapids Area swam the final events in exhibition, not recording points towards the team score.

Brittney Lorentz picked up a win on the diving board. She finished first with 212.55 points.

Irene Mursu finished second in the 200 individual medley at 2:31.43. Elle McDonald earned a second place finish in the 100 backstroke at 1:24.34, while Lucie Meyer was second at 1:38.97 in the 100 breaststroke.

The Yellowjackets have just two meets remaining on the season.


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Perham/NYM's Jasmyn Olson competes in the backstroke portion of the 200 individual medley at Park Rapids Area. (Jason Groth / Perham Focus)

“These girls are working really hard and seeing that hard work pay off,” Maiden said. “We hope to add a few more girls to the section team.”

The Yellowjackets are back in swimming action when they compete with Detroit Lakes at the Detroit Lakes Community and Culture Center on Sept. 29 at 6 p.m.

Park Rapids Area 103, Perham/NYM 66

Perham/NYM Individual Results

200 Medley Relay-3 Lucie Meyer, Shanetta Reitmeyer, Irene Mursu, Lucy Schultz, 2:18.25; 4 Molly Meyer, Katelyn Kratzke, Taylor Ziemke, Elle McDonald, 2:20.04; 200 Freestyle-4 Taylor Ziemke, 2:33.61; 5 Josi Mindermann, 2:53.70; 200 Individual Medley-2 Irene Mursu, 2:31.43; 5 Molly Meyer, 3:01.72; 6 Jasmyn Olson, 3:13.92; 50 Freestyle-4 Kaydi Mursu, 31.36; 5 Elle McDonald, 32.34; 6 Shanetta Reitmeyer, 33.19; Diving-1 Brittney Lorentz, 212.55; 3 Avery McAllister, 166.80; 4 Madison Ruther, 130.70; 100 Butterfly-3 Irene Mursu, 1:14.90; 5 Lucy Schultz, 1:23.06; 6 Lucie Meyer, 1:30.71; 100 Freestyle-4 Josi Mindermann, 1:16.34; 5 Molly Meyer, 1:16.69; 500 Freestyle-4 Taylor Ziemke, 6:47.34; Kaydi Mursu, DQ; 200 Freestyle Relay-3 Kaydi Mursu, Lucie Meyer, Shanetta Reitmeyer, Irene Mursu, 2:04.63; 4 Elle McDonald, Molly Meyer, Cate Diggins, Taylor Ziemke, 2:08.73; 100 Backstroke-1 Lucy Schultz, 1:23.38; 2 Elle McDonald, 1:24.34; 3 Cate Diggins, 1:36.15; 100 Breaststroke-1 Shanetta Reitmeyer, 1:28.14; 2 Lucie Meyer, 1:38.97; 400 Freestyle Relay-1 Kaydi Mursu, Josi Mindermann, Katelyn Kratzke, Lucy Schultz, 5:00.25.


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