Swimmers continue to drop time in the pool

By Chad Koenen


The Perham/New York Mills swim team defeated the Fosston/Bagley/Crookston Seals on Thursday night. The JV swimmers won every meet, while the Yellowjacket varsity team won all of the relays.

Head coach Courtney Skarie said the JV girls had some amazing time drops across the board as they were able to get back in the pool last week.

In their first meet of the season, the seventh graders made their presence felt for the Yellowjackets as Elsie Janke competed in the JV 200-individual medley and varsity 100-butterfly, while Aubree Sonnenberg and Lily Bakken both competed in the JV 50 and 100-freestyle. 

Eighth grader Madison Kratzke finished in third place in the varsity 200-individual medley and in second place in the varsity 100-breaststroke.

The freshmen also had some amazing swims as Megan Galbrecht competed in the 200-freestyle and finished in second place in the 500-freestyle, while Jaelyn Rodewald competed in the 200-individual medley and out touched Lillian Nelson from Fosston in a close finish to take first place. She also captured first place in the 100-butterfly.

Sophomores Taylor Ziemke captured a pair of top finished in both the 100 and 200-freestyle. Maggie Vickmark took third place in the 50-freestyle and took second in the 100-backstroke. Madison Lohse finished in first place in both of her JV events in the 100-butterfly by dropping 14 seconds and in the 100-backstroke. 

Juniors Molley Meyer placed second in both the 100 and 200-freestyle, while Cate Digging took first place in the 100-breaststroke and posted a personal best in the 50-freestyle. Elle McDonald took second place in the 50-freestyle and first place in the 100-backstroke.

Senior Madeleine Lamb also had a solid meet as she finished in second in the JV 200-freestyle and first in the JV 100-breaststroke. 

In addition, Kylie Lamb took first place in the JV 200-freestyle and took third place in the 500-freestyle last week. 

The Yellowjackets will get a bit of a break from competition before traveling to Bemidji on September 12 for a triangular. 

Perham vs. Fosston 9-7-23

200 Medley Relay: 1. Elle McDonald, Cate Diggins, Jaelyn Rodewald, Taylor Ziemke 2:06.15

200 Freestyle: 1. Taylor Ziemke 2:10.00, 2. Molly Meyer 2:23.04

200 IM: 1. Jaelyn Rodewald 2:51.37, 3. Madison Kratzke 2:52.96

50 Freestyle: 2. Elle McDonald 28.28, 3. Maggie Vickmark 28.83

100 Butterfly: 2. Jaelyn Rodewald 1:20.90, 3. Elise Janke 1:28.64

100 Freestyle: 1. Taylor Ziemke 59.29, 3. Molly Meyer 1:04.41

500 Freestyle: 2. Megan Galbrecht 6:40.41, 3. Kylie Lamb 7:07.71

200 Freestyle Relay: 2. Jaelyn Rodewald, Cate Diggins, Madison Kratzke, Megan Galbrecht

100 Backstroke: 1. Elle McDonald 1:10.38, 1. Maggie Vickmark 1:15.23

100 Breaststroke: 1. Cate Diggins 1:24.21, 2. Madison Kratzke 1:24.37

400  Freestyle Relay: 1. Molly Meyer, Elle McDonald, Maggie Vickmark, Taylor Ziemke 4:20.34