PAWS speed down the lanes at Denison meet

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The 2015-2016 PAWS (Perry Area Winter Swim) team. Photo courtesy Jim Dowd.

DENISON — The Perry Area Winter Swimmers (PAWS) had several swimmers secure qualifying times for both the state and regional meet at their Greater Iowa Swim League meet Saturday.

Sophia McDevitt (9-10 year old age group) qualified for the state meet in the 50 and 200 freestyle, with Jaylene (11-12) and Dannah (13-14) Karolus each advancing in the 100 IM while Vivian Gonzalez (15-18) earning a spot in the 50 free and Devon Archer (15-18) in the 100 free. McDevitt’s 50 and 200 free times, along with Caleb Winey’s (15-18) time in the 50 free, all qualified for the regional meet as well.

Maddy McDevitt (8U) tallied one first and one third place finish at Denison, with Sophia McDevitt placing first five times. Quin Mahler (9-10) was first four times, Sarah Merz (9-10) was first three times and Emily Dowd (9-10) first twice, with Merz also finishing second in one race.

Jaylene Karolus (11-12) was first twice and, with Shekynah Haworth (11-12) was third once.

In girls 13-14 results, Sarah Vaughn and Dannah Karolus were three-time winners, with Abby Herman first in one race. Karolus and Vaughn were second twice, with Herman, Anna Ridnour and Amanda Holwegner second once each while Herman placed third twice.

Breanna Penenger and Haley Vaughn each had a pair of wins in 15-18 races, with both also finishing second once while teammate Vivian Gonzalez was second twice and third once.

Garrett Winey (9-10) had one first and one third place showing for the Perry boys, with Riese Archer winning three times, Cristopher Gonzalez twice and Andrew Dowd twice for the 11-12 boys. Archer and Gonzalez also had a single runner-up placing, with Gonzalez third in two races and Archer third in one event.

Ethan Winey (13-14) had four wins and one second place timing, with Chase Archer (13-14) posting three wins and two second-place efforts.

Five wins from Devon Archer and four from Caleb Winey were the posted results for the Perry 15-18 boys.

PAWS will not have a meet Saturday, but will return to competition Feb. 6 when they host a multi-team meet at the McCreary Community Building pool. Races will begin at 10 a.m.

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