The girls had another great meet in Bemidji at the Triangular with Bemidji, Thief River Falls and Perham! Almost everybody had at least one personal best, and we saw a lot of improvement in our technique and stamina from last week.
Some of those personal bests involved some major time cuts. In the 200 free, both freshman Lucie Meyer and eighth grader Emily Welte dropped around 8 seconds. Senior Ellie Smith dropped almost two seconds in the 200 IM, swimming under the 3-minute mark for the first time. In the 50 free, an event where every hundredth counts, all five of our swimmers cut big–senior Olivea McDonald, freshman Lucy Schultz, seventh grader Elle McDonald, and sophomore Chloe Koljonen all cut around half a second, and junior Sadie Bjorklund cut over 3 seconds. Sophomore Jasmyn Olson dropped almost 6 seconds in the 100 fly, and freshman Kaydi Mursu shaved another 3 seconds off her 100 free. And freshman Josi Mindermann continues to cut time in her 500 free, coming in 11 seconds faster than last week.
This was also the very first meet for our three new divers! Eighth grader Brittney Lorentz, sophomore Madison Ruther, and eighth grader Avery McAllister all did extremely well for their first time. They took 4th, 5th, and 6th, respectively.
The Yellowjackets had a pair of 1st place finishes. Senior Dena Fischer dove her first meet of the season, taking 1st by almost 30 points. And sophomore Irene Mursu just out-touched the girl next to her to take 1st in the 100 breaststroke, qualifying for sections at the same time.
We saw a total of five section qualifying swims last night. In addition to the 100 breast, Irene Mursu also qualified in the 100 butterfly, bringing her personal event total to five. Olivea McDonald and Schultz both qualified in the 500 free, the second event for each of them. And Meyer qualified for the very first time in the 100 back, cutting over 5 seconds to do so. This brings the team total to 11.
We are thrilled with the direction this season is headed in, and we are excited to see what the girls do on Saturday in Park Rapids. Diving starts at 9 AM, and swimming will start at about 12 PM. In the meantime, we have some really hard work ahead of us, as we try to build up some strength.
1. Bemidji – 543
2. Thief River Falls – 468
3. Perham/New York Mills/Henning – 344