Jayette swimmers make noise at double dual meet

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It is never too late to ring the Perry VIctory Bell, as the Jayette swimmers and coaches proved Tuesday after a long drive home from a double-dual at Spencer. Photo courtesy Jim Dowd.

SPENCER — The Perry girls swim team made their first-ever trip to Spencer Tuesday, racing through the local YMCA pool against both the hosts and Atlantic. The meet was scored with each team individually timed against each opponent separately.

A large and talented Spencer squad defeated Perry, 66-28, and Atlantic, 64-27, with Perry topping Atlantic 47-33. It is the first-ever win for the Jayettes over the Trojans, though the teams have not been common opponents prior to the past few seasons.

Jayette junior Jaylene Karolus provided the chief highlight, lowering her own school record in the 100 freestyle by beating both teams to the wall in 57.57 seconds.

Sophia McDevitt used a strong final 25 meters to surge for a double-win in the 200 individual medley in 2 minutes, 27.27 seconds. Teammate Zoe Hibbert was 2-3 (against Atlantic-Spencer) in 2:43.05.

McDevitt was also a double-winner in the 100 fly, touching in 1:06.71.

Nelson was 3-1 in the 200 free in 2:26.12, with Amanda Holwegner 2-3 in the 50 free in 29.42, with Emily Dowd was 2-3 in the 500 free in 7:18.63.

Dowd touched 2-3 in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:29.79, with Holwegner 1-3 (Atlantic had no entry) in the 100 breaststroke in 1:25.45.

Perry was third to Spencer and a default winner over Atlantic (no entry) in the 200 medley relay, with Hibbert, Holwegner, Karolus and Dowd finishing in 2:13.69.

Karolus, Nelson, Hibbert and McDevitt (who again had a strong closing 25 meters) were 1-2 in the 200 free relay in 1:53.47, with the same quartet 1-2 in the 400 free relay in 4:10.39.

Perry will now have an unusually lengthy open stretch, and will not return to action until a trip to Carroll Oct. 27, with Algona also expected to compete at the meet.

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