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Saturday, November 12, 2011
Swimming & Diving (G)

Perham girls set 7 school records in 8A Championship prelims

By John George - Detroit Lakes, MN

Rylie Rothmeyer set a new school record in the 500 free as she finished in 1st place in the prelims Friday in Detroit Lakes. (John George photo)

The Perham swimming and diving team had a big night in Detroit Lakes Friday in the preliminary heats of the Section 8A Championship Meet.  The team broke 7 school records, and they will fill 12 spots in championship final heats Saturday.

The top 16 swimmers in each event Friday advance to the 2nd day.  The top-8 swimmers will compete in the Championship Finals, while girls placing 9-16 Friday will swim in the ‘B’ Finals on Saturday.

All 3 of Perham’s relay team’s set new school records.

The meet started with the 200 medley relay team of Bailey Meyer, Kelsey Kratzke, Sam Salathe, Natalie Murphy setting a new school record with a 3rd place time of 1:57.78.  They would need to shave about 2 seconds to be within State qualifying standards (1:55.51).

In the 200 free, Murphy, Kratzke, Salathe and Rylie Rothmeyer set a new mark with a time of 1:46.38, good for 3rd place.  They are more than 3 seconds from State standards (1:43.21).

The meet ended with the team of Murphy, Rothmeyer, Salathe and Kyra Arneri taking 2nd with a time of 3:52.44, about a half-second behind 1st place Bemidji (3:51.90).  The State standard in the 400 relay is 3:47.65.

Only the 1st place relay team, along with time qualifiers, advance to State. The top 2 individuals in each event (plus time qualifiers), and the top-4 divers will also advance to the Class A State Meet, which will be November 17 – 19 at the U of M Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.

Rothmeyer started her quest for a pair of State berths in the 200 freestyle, as she finished 2nd in 2:06.14.  Also advancing to the section finals will be Jackie Hanson, who finished 5th (2:10.19) and Brittany Roberts, who finished 8th (2:15.17).

Rothmeyer would also advance in her best event, the 500 free.  Rothmeyer had the top time in the prelims with a 5:34.03, shattering her own school record.  Teammate Jill Burns was very close behind, finishing 2nd with a time of 5:34.03.  Hanson (10th, 6:01.13) and Laine Miller (13th, 6:11.58) will swim in the “B” Finals of the 500 free.

In the 100 butterfly, Arneri set a school record with a 3rd place time of 1:05.03.  She was less than a second from the 2nd place swimmer and a shot at State.  She will be joined in the section finals by Meyer, who was 6th with a time of 1:07.09.  Lexi Richter (11th, 1:10.48) will swim in the 100 fly “B” Finals.  

Meyer would set a record of her own in the 100 backstroke with a 3rd place time of 1:07.50.  Roberts (15th, 1:12.79) will swim in the “B” Finals.

Murphy would be the other school record setter with a time of 57.02 in the 100 freestyle.  Salathe wasn’t far behind, taking 7th in 58.65.

Kratzke, a 2-time State participant, finished 2nd in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:10.72, which is below the State standard (1:10.78).  Beth Ingebrand (15th, 1:20.59) and Annie Ingebrand (16th, 1:20.98) will swim in the “B” Finals.  Beth Ingebrand had the team’s best finish in the 50 free, taking 19th (28.73).

Earlier in the meet in the 200 I.M, 4 Jackets advanced to Saturday.  Kratzke led the way, taking 5th in 2:25.90.  Burns will also swim in the section finals after finishing 8th (2:29.42).  Swimming in the “B” Finals will be Richter (11th, 2:32.97) and Miller (13th, 2:33.60).

Diver Sierra Lynne was in 11th place after 8 dives with 206.30 points.

The 8A Championship Finals will be on Saturday starting at 12 p.m. at the BTD Aquatic Center in the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center.

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