Jayettes find points hard to come by against large schools Thursday

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Perry sophomore Jaylene Karolus proves much quicker off the blocks than her opposition during the home opener Aug. 29.


DES MOINES — Perry had all of five varsity swimmers available to compete Thursday. Their opponents in a double-dual included Indianola, with more than 20 swimmers, and host Des Moines Roosevelt, sporting a roster of more than 40, including divers.

Each team was scored independently against the other, with points scored to up to three places per team in individual races (two places is the norm in double-duals).

DMR swamped Perry, 143-27, while besting Indianola, 104-79, with the Roughriders scoring 20 points against each foe from diving competition. Indianola overpowered Perry, 128-28, in the other pairing.

Veteran head coach Jean Dowd and her Perry squad are well aware of the results of roster size and so focus on individual achievements. To that end the team had a strong meet, recording season-best times in the 200 freestyle and 200 medley relays, with Sarah Vaughn setting a season-best clocking of 6 minutes, 20.84 seconds in the 500 free, in which she was third against DMR and second against Indianola.

Jaylene Karolus was 2-2 and Gracie Phillips 4-4 in the 50 free, in 27.34 and 31.63 seconds, respectively, with Avery Miner 4-4 in the 100 free in 1:09.92.

Karolus continued to impress in the 100 butterfly, posting the lowest overall time by reaching the wall in 1:07.72.

Phillips was 3-4 (DMR/IND) in the 100 backstroke in 1:19.71, with Amanda Holwegner 4-3 in the 100 breaststroke in 1:25.64.

The 200 medley relay of Phillips, Holwegner, Vaughn and Miner finished in 2:21.53 while Holwegner, Miner, Vaughn and Karolus completed the 200 free relay in 2:01.8. Vaughn, Miner, Phillips and Karolus also swam the 400 free relay, finishing in 4:38.04. Perry was third against each opponent in all three races.

The Jayettes did not compete in the 200 individual medley or 200 freestyle.

Perry will host Storm Lake Tuesday at the MCB Pool for a double dual, with Algona also competing. It will be the third meeting of the season between Perry and Algona. The meet will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Perry swimmers Rhylan Ayers, Gracie Phillips and Amanda Holwegner (front) and Jaylene Karolus, Sarah Vaughn and Avery Miner (back) are flanked by head coach Jean Dowd (left) and assistant Hillary Mahler (right) Thursday before a double-dual with Indianola and host Des Moines Roosevelt. Photo submitted.

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