PAWS swimmers perform well while hosting GISL state meet

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Jaylene Karolus swims earlier this season for PAWS. She won three events, setting three state meet records in the process, when Perry hosted the GISL state meet Saturday. Photo courtesy Jim Dowd.

The Perry Area Winter Swim team (PAWS) hosted the Greater Iowa Swim League state meet Saturday at the McCreary Community Building.

A total of 12 teams were in action, with 142 girls swimming in the morning session while 102 boys swam in the afternoon events.

Several COVID precautions were taken, with no spectators allowed on the pool deck. PerryIAswimming live streamed the meet on YouTube, with the announcer and live feed broadcast on TV’s and computers throughout the MCB. It was also, of course, available online, with a replay available for viewing on the YouTube channel listed above.

Fans, coaches, and meet workers all wore masks in the lobby, with swimmers masked until they stepped onto the starting blocks. The gym and two studio spaces were utilized for the crowd, swimmers, and workers, with chairs spaced at a social distance of six feet.

Spencer (1,231 points) and Newton (554) were 1-2 in the girls competition, with PAWS fifth of 12 at 334. Spencer (804) also won the boys side, with SouthEast (441) second and PAWS (305) fourth of 12 squads. Spencer claimed the combined team crown with 2,035 points. Carroll was second overall at 832, with PAWS sixth, at 639, among the dozen competitors.

PAWS recorded numerous time drops and personal bests, with PHS junior Jaylene Karolus, in particular, shining for the hosts. She was one of nine girls to record a perfect 60 points, finishing first in her three races, during which she set new state meet records in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, and 100 butterfly.

Karolus paired with Sophia McDevitt, Zoe Hibbert, and Addison Huntington in winning the 15-18 200 medley relay, with Karolus, McDevitt, Hibbert and Emily Dowd state titleists in the 200 free relay.

The PAWS boys had several blue ribbon finishes as well, starting with Isaac Winey winning the 11-12 50 backstroke. Garrett Winey won the 13-14 100 Individual Medley, Riese Archer the 15-18 50 backstroke and Andrew Dowd the 15-18 100 butterfly. Archer, Dowd, Sam Ridnour, and Garrett Winey won the 15-18 200 medley relay, with the same foursome also winning the 15-18 200 free relay.

PAWS was coached by Dana Stein, with Ainsley Marburger and Riese Archer assisting. Nikki Deardorff served as GISL parent representative.

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8U Girls
25 free — 9. Jessa Hellman; 12. Isabella Stein.
25 backstroke — 2. Lillian Lucht.
25 butterfly — 6. Lucht.
25 breaststroke — 3. Hellman.
50 backstroke — 3. Lucht; 9. Stein.
50 breaststroke — 4. Hellman.
100 medley relay — 3. Stein, Hellman, Lucht, Briella Nath.
100 freestyle relay — 2. Stein, Hellman, Lucht, Nath.
8U Boys
25 backstroke — 5. Meyer Chance; 6. Renaud Deardorff.
25 breaststroke — 5. Deardorff.
50 breaststroke — 4. Deardorff.
100 medley relay — 3. Chance, Deardorff, Ray Hughes, Lyle Jacobsen.
100 freestyle relay — 3. Chance, Deardorff, Hughes, Jacobsen.
9-10 Girls
50 backstroke — 9. Meredith Arganbright, 12. Cali Knudson.
200 medley relay — 4. Knudson, Arganbright, Ellie Hughes, Malia Jacobsen.
200 freestyle relay — 4. Knudson, Arganbright, Hughes, Jacobsen.
9-10 Boys (PAWS had no entries)

11-12 Girls
50 freestyle — 13. Aleah Karolus; 18. Allison Drake.
50 breaststroke — 10. Ilana Baumert.
100 IM — 8. Madeline McDevitt.
100 backstroke — 4. McDevitt.
100 freestyle — 8. McDevitt; 12. Karolus.
200 medley relay — 7. McDevitt, Karolus, Baumert, Drake.
200 freestyle relay — 7. McDevitt, Karolus, Baumert, Drake.

11-12 Boys
50 freestyle — 8. Isaac Winey.
50 backstroke — 1. Winey.
100 freestyle — 3. Winey.
200 medley relay — 5. Winey, Andrew Baumert, Dysen Deardorff, Boomer Deardorff.
200 freestyle relay — 5. Baumert, Winey, Dysen Deardorff, Diego Diaz-Cardenas.

13-14 Girls
50 freestyle — 3. Zoe Hibbert, 9. Emily Dowd.
50 backstroke — 14. Dowd.
100 IM — 3. Hibbert.
100 freestyle — 11. Dowd.

13-14 Boys
50 backstroke — 2. Garrett Winey.
100 IM — 1. Winey.

15-18 Girls
50 freestyle — 1. Jaylene Karolus.
50 breaststroke — 3. Addison Huntington.
100 breaststroke — 5. Huntington.
100 butterfly — 1. Karolus.
100 freestyle — 1. Karolus.
200 medley relay — 1. Huntington, Karolus, Zoe Hibbert, Sophia McDevitt.
200 freestyle relay — 1. Hibbert, Huntington, Karolus, McDevitt.

15-18 Boys
50 freestyle — 5. Riese Archer.
50 backstroke — 1. Archer.
100 IM — 3. Sam Ridnour.
100 breaststroke — 2. Andrew Dowd; 3. Ridnour.
100 butterfly — 1. Dowd.
100 freestyle — 5. Dowd, 7. Ridnour.
200 medley relay — 1. Archer, Dowd, Ridnour, Garrett Winey.
200 freestyle relay — 1. Archer, Dowd, Ridnour, Garrett Winey.

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