Detroit Lakes scored 532 points to defeat host Fergus Falls by 100 at the three-team Otter Invitational Saturday, Sept. Sept. 29.

According to head coach Carol Fischer, the coaching staff was watching splits intently for creating relays for next weekend and the Section True Team meet in Warroad. The coaches have also been keeping an eye on injuries as well.

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“Staying healthy prior to True Team is feeling like a challenge right now,” Fischer said.

DL had a trio of dominant team performances in individual races.

The Lakers captured first through fourth place in the 500-freestyle led by Jennifer Tracy (5:24.07), Kaitlyn Peterson (5:52.30), Faith Hamm (5:59.62) and Ellie Staley (6:07.08).

Peterson (2:08.11, Hamm (2:09.94) and Chelsy Johnson (2:18.20) swept the top three 200-free finishes.

Syd Gulon won the 100-breaststroke in 1:13.50 with Madi Gerdes in second place (1:15.14) and Ellie Staley in third (1:20.22).

Tracy was first in the 200 individual medley with a winning time of 2:17.05.

Lexi Yliniemi was the meet’s top diver scoring 215.20 points.

Laker relay teams captured two of three first place finishes. Josie Retz, Madi Gerdes, Lexi Gerdes and Staley won the 200 medley in 1:58.56.

DL finished one-two in the 400-free relay. The C-team of Johnson, Hamm, Madi Gerdes and Peterson placed first in 4:03.73, followed by the A team of Lucy Steinke, Retz, Lexi Gerdes and Gulon (4:04.24). The B team of Evan Westrum, Henderson, Cora Martin and Tracy did not count for team points but made it a sweep of the top three positions with a third place time of 4:08.40.

The Section 8A True Team meet will be held Saturday, Oct. 6 in Warroad with the State meet scheduled for the following Saturday, October 13 at the University of Minnesota.

The Lakers are the three-time defending section champions at True Team.

Last season, Detroit Lakes fended off a late rally from Bemidji and set six new meet records with individual winners in 10 of 12 events to secure a third consecutive Section 8A True Team championship.


Otter Invite, Fergus Falls

Detroit Lakes 532, Fergus Falls 432, Thief River Falls 260

200 Medley relay

1 DL A (Retz, Gulon, Tracy, Steinke) 1:58.56

3 DL B (Westrum, M. Gerdes, L. Gerdes, Staley) 2:13.82

200 Freestyle

1 Kaitlyn Peterson DL 2:08.11

2 Faith Hamm DL 2:09.94

3 Chelsy Johnson DL 2:18.20

6 Cora Martin DL 2:26.89

200 IM

1 Jennifer Tracy DL 2:17.05

4 Marin Westrum DL 2:41.54

50 Freestyle

1 Lucy Steinke DL 26.68

2 Evan Westrum DL 27.28

5 Maddie Henderson DL 28.71

6 Jessica Bolar DL 29.41

1m Diving

1 Lexi Yliniemi DL 215.20

3 Kennedy Hegg DL 148.00

5 Lexi Weets DL 125.25

6 Alea Disse DL 121.00

100 Butterfly

1 Emilie Carlson FF 1:04.13

2 Evan Westrum DL 1:07.18

4 Lexi Gerdes DL 1:10.56

100 Freestyle

1 Madison Hubert FF 59.41

2 Lucy Steinke DL 59.89

3 Chelsy Johnson DL 1:00.79

5 Maddie Henderson DL 1:04.14

8 Madi Gerdes DL 1:06.08

500 Freestyle

1 Jennifer Tracy DL 5:24.07

2 Kaitlyn Peterson DL 5:52.30

3 Faith Hamm DL 5:59.62

4 Ellie Staley DL 6:07.08

200 Freestyle relay

1 FF A 1:48.65

2 DL A (E. Westrum, Henderson, Johnson, Peterson) 1:48.79

4 DL B (M. Westrum, Retz, Martin, Hamm) 1:57.37

100 Backstroke

1 Madison Hubert FF 1:04.61

2 Josie Retz DL 1:08.27

6 Jessica Bolar DL 1:22.88

100 Breaststroke

1 Syd Gulon DL 1:13.50

2 Madi Gerdes DL 1:15.14

3 Ellie Staley DL 1:20.22

8 Marin Westrum DL 1:29.66

400 Freestyle relay

1 DL C (Johnson, Hamm, M. Gerdes, Peterson) 4:03.73

2 DL A (Steinke, Retz, L. Gerdes, Gulon) 4:04.24