Jayette unable to overcome Indians, and Indians, at Indianola

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Senior captain Haley Vaughn fires off the block for the anchor leg of the 200 medley relay in Indianola Thursday. Photo courtesy Jim Dowd.

INDIANOLA — The Oskaloosa Indians and host Indianola Indians each proved too tough for the Perry Jayette swimmers to fend off Thursday, with the former scoring a 47-42 win and the latter a 79-15 victory in a triple-dual. The host Indians prevailed over the visiting Indians, 77-23, in the meet, which pitted each team against each individually.

Perry was even more shorthanded than usual Thursday, as freshman Dannah Karolus missed the meet due to illness, leaving head coach Jean Dowd trying to figure out how to filter six swimmers through the three four-member relay races and the eight individual events.

What has been a season of individual triumphs continued for the Perry girls, as five new personal best (PB) times were recorded in the meet (results are listed as against Indianola-Osklaoosa).

The 200 medley relay unit of Avery Miner, Breanna Penenger and Sarah and Haley Vaughn placed 3-2 n 2 minutes, 22.91 seconds to start the meet, with Penenger 2-1 in 2:16.5 in the 200 freestyle.

Haley Vaughn was 3-2, in 2:34.4, in the 200 individual medley, with Kaira Francis 4-3 and Anna Ridnour 3-2 in the 50 free in 39.71 and 30.49 seconds, respectively, both new PB standards.

Sarah Vaughn followed with a 1:19.78 clocking in the 100 butterfly which placed the freshman 3-2, with Miner using a PB of 1:09.1 to finish 3-1 in the 100 freestyle.

Penenger was next in the water, slashing her former PB with 6:07.95 that placed 2-1 in the 500 free. She has dramatically reduced her best effort in the 10-times down-and-back race over the course of the season, lopping 14.51 seconds off her best time from 2015.

Breanna Penenger has reason to smile after winning the 500 freestyle -- she dropped several seconds off her previous personal best in the event. Photo courtesy Jim Dowd.
Breanna Penenger has reason to smile after winning the 500 freestyle — she dropped several seconds off her previous personal best in the event. Photo courtesy Jim Dowd.

Ridnour, Miner and both Vaughn sisters teamed for a 3-1 effort of 2:02.71 in the 200 free relay, with Haley Vaughn 3-1 in the 100 backstroke in 1:11.74.

Ridnour was 3-1 in the 100 breastroke in 1:26.29, a new PB more than seven seconds better than her best clocking last season.

Sarah Vaughn, Miner, Ridnour and Penenger capped the meet by touching 3-2 in the 400 free relay in 4:33.34.

Perry will continue their busy stretch by swimming in Saturday’s Polar Bear Invitational at Des Moines North, with the first events to begin at 10 a.m. The Jayettes will then visit Newton Tuesday for a triple-dual that will again include Oskaloosa.

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