Friendly waters equal continued improvement for Jayette swimmers

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Perry sophomore Breanna Penenger swims the breaststroke section of the 200 individual medley against Indianola at the MCB pool Thursday.


Perry hosted Indianola at the McCreary Community Building pool Thursday in their first home meet of the season, and while the Indians came away with a 103-56 win, their were plenty of reasons for the hosts to be pleased.

Head coach Jean Dowd said she was proud of the effort of her squad after the Jayettes recorded season-best times in two of the three relays while four personal-best marks were also set.

Due to a scheduling conflict, Indianola brought a 13-member squad to the MCB, half of their normal roster size.

Dowd indicated the Indians had inadvertently scheduled one meet too many, and rather than drop a meet, the coaches decided to divide the squad, thus avoiding the risk of having any swimmer appear in more than the allowable number of events during the season.

Perry senior Haileigh Kenyon speeds toward victory in the 200 freestyle against Indianola at the MCB pool Thursday.
Perry senior Haileigh Kenyon speeds toward victory in the 200 freestyle against Indianola at the MCB pool Thursday.

Haileigh Kenyon scored a pair of wins for Perry, as the senior co-captain was first to the wall in both the 100 and 200 freestyle races, touching in 1 minute, 3.4 seconds and 2:17.75, respectively. Sophomores Sadee Whitfield (a personal-best 1:11.63) and Breanna Ackerman (1:20.32) were 3-5 for Perry in the 100 free, with freshman Anna Ridnour fourth in her first varsity 200 free in 2:29.56.

Sophomore Vivian Gonzalez also gave the Jayettes a victory as she sped past three Indians to win the 100 backstroke in 1:21.7.

The meet began with Gonzalez and Kenyon being joined by junior co-captain Haley Vaughn and sophomore Breanna Penenger for the 200 medley relay. Perry was second in 2:15.41, a season-best time.

After Kenyon won the 200 free, Penenger placed second in the 200 individual medley in 2:48.44 in her first-ever varsity attempt in the race.

Gonzalez was third, in a personal-best 30.65 seconds, in the 50 free, with Whitfield fifth with a PB of 32.64 while Ackerman touched in 37.35.

Vaughn swam the 100 butterfly for the first time this season Thursday. She told ThePerryNews Wednesday that her goal was to “come within a few seconds” of her personal-best in the event, which she promptly did after touching second in 1:09.98. (two short videos of Vaughn’s 100 fly follow).

Penenger narrowly missed her best time in the 500 free with a second-place time of 6:25.75, with Vaughn, Whitfield, Ridnour and Kenyon following the 20-lap race by finishing second in the 200 free relay in 2:02.72.

Gonzalez’s win the backstroke was the next event in the pool and was followed by the 100 breastroke, in which Vaughn placed third in 1:25.09 while Ridnour was fifth in a PB of 1:33.97.

The 400 free relay capped the meet, with the quartet of Gonzalez, Whitfield, ACkerman and Penenger second in a season-best 4:51.09.

Perry returns to action Tuesday when they play host to Des Moines East. The meet will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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