Jayette swimmers battle Roughriders, Indians

Sophomore Dannah Karolus swims the backstroke leg of the 200 IM for Perry at Des Moines Roosevelt Thursday. Photo courtesy Jim Dowd.

DES MOINES — The Perry swim team definitely played the role of kid sister Thursday, as the large rosters of Indianola and host Des Moines Roosevelt — with over 50 swimmers listed — made scoring nearly impossible at the double-dual.

“The fast swimmers played a big part in the five personal bests we had,” Perry head coach Jean Dowd said. “With a full junior varsity meet we had plenty of rest between varsity events and that helped as well.”

Roosevelt also scored points from diving, which helped (but was not a deciding factor) in a 102-81 win over Indianola. The hosts were 151-31 winners over Perry, with the Indians topping the Jayettes 134-35. Additional scoring was permitted by allowing for each team to place three entries in each event as opposed to the traditional two.

Vivian Gonzalez, Anna Ridnour, Sarah Vaughn and Abby Herman swam the 200 freestyle relay in 2 minutes, 20.07 seconds, with Ridnour, Herman, Amanda Holwegner and Dannah Karolus completing the 200 free relay in 2:02.66 while Vaughn, Karolus, Avery Miner and Breanna Penenger clocked in at 4:26.12 in the 400 free relay.

Perry freshman Abby Herman swims in the 100 free at Des Moines Roosevelt Thursday. Photo courtesy Jim Dowd.

Ridnour had a personal best (PB) 2:23.7 in the 200 free, with Miner touching in 2:31.15 while Penenger (2:41.4) and Karolus (2:43.64) swam in the 200 individual medley and Herman (30.3) and Holwegner (30.93, a PB) in the 50 free.

Karolus touched in 1:13.97 in her first-ever varsity 100 butterfly, with Gonzalez finishing in 1:26.91 while Herman had a PB of 1:06.89 in the 100 free.

Penenger finished the 500 free in 6:09.82 and Vaughn in 6:18.89 while Miner lopped a whopping 16.65 seconds off her previous best to reach the wall in 6:39.25.

Gonzalez (1:20.93) and Shekynah Haworth (1:49.9) competed in the 100 backstroke, with Ridnour swimming the 100 breaststroke in 1:26.57 and Holwegner in a PB of 1:31.48.

The Jayettes are off until traveling to the Fort Dodge Invitational Sept. 16. The meet will begin at 9 a.m.


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