Perfect start for Perry swimmers after wins over Coon Rapids, Carroll

Pool, team records fall as PSST speeds to 4-0 start

Always a hallmark of the Perry Summer Swim Team, Jaylene Karolus (right) displays good sportsmanship by congratulating a Carroll swimmer after their race at the MCB Pool Thursday. Photo courtesy Jim Dowd.

The excitement surrounding the Perry Summer Swim Team is only likely to grow after a second pair of double victories last week.

Perry (4-0) was a 359-244 winner at Coon Rapids Tuesday, then dispelled some demons with a 338-250 win Thursday at the MCB Pool over perennial nemesis Carroll. The win over the Tigers was the first for Perry in, at a minimum, the last 13 years.

Individuals winning their races, and as members of relay teams (in which four swimmers each receive a win), created 42 wins for the Perry girls Thursday, with 34 wins for the boys team.

Kaylee Wuebker slices through the water for Perry at the MCB Pool Thursday. Photo courtesy Jim Dowd.

Lilly Riley set a new team record of 36.09 seconds in the girls 9-10 50 free, breaking the old mark of 37.37 set by Sophia McDevitt June 14, 2016. McDevitt reset her own team record — and created a new pool record — in the 11-12 girls 100 free by touching in 1 minute, 14.44 seconds. She had finished Tuesday in 1:14.52, breaking Brooke Huntington’s old standard of 1:18.7 from June 28, 2012.

Three Carroll swimmers set new MCB pool marks, with Melea Axman’s 1:07.45 the new 13-14 girls 100 free record and Tervor Danner’s 1:01.66 the new pool standard in the 13-14 boys 100 free.

Melanie Ortega created a new 8-under girls pool record of 40.48 in the 50 free. She also took down one of the oldest marks still on the books with a 20.61 in the 25 meter butterfly, erasing the old record of 21.08 set by Carroll’s Megan Espenhover on June 10, 2003.

Perry’s Sophia McDevitt parts the water during the breaststroke. Photo courtesy Jim Dowd.

Riley and McDevitt were joined by Haley Vaughn (15-18) in posting five wins for the Perry girls, with Stephanie Hill (15-18) earning four wins while Quin Mahler-Moreno (9-10) and Breanna Penenger (15-18) had three.

Double wins went to Aleah Karolus and Sarah Prombo (both 8U), Zoe Hibbert and Rebecca Johnson (both 9-10), and Addison Huntington and Jaylene Karolus (both 11-12). Single victories were claimed by Rachel Johnson and Isablle Powell (both 8U), Hailey Greiner and Sarah Merz (both 11-12) and Dannah Karolus and Anna Ridnour (both 15-18).

Issac Winey (8U), Joel Storey (9-10), Garrett Winey (11-12) and Ethan Winey (15-18) were four-time winners for the Perry boys, with Devon Archer (15-18) winning three times.

Townes Wilson (8U), Logan Castillo and Ian Thompson (both 11-12) and Drew Storey and Alex Thompson (15-18) were double-winners, with Bryan Anderson and Dysen Deardorff (both 8U), Kane Mahler-Moreno (9-10) and Riese Archer (13-14) also victorious.

Perry had 43 girls and 42 boys wins against Coon Rapids, with McDevitt breaking Lexie Winnett’s 2011 mark of 1:22.96 in the 100 IM with a 1:22.46.

Devon Archer lunges forward in the breaststroke. Photo courtesy Jim Dowd.

Ethan Winey entered the books in the boys 15-18 100 free with a clocking of 59.71, shattering the old team record of 1:04.47 set by Michael Reuter in 2013. His time is the new Coon Rapids pool record as well, besting the 2015 effort of 1:02.79 by Carroll’s Michael Lux.

Girls winners at 15-18 included Vaughn (five wins), Hill (four), Penenger (three) and Dannah Karolus and Anna Ridnour (one each), with the 11-12 girls have wins from McDevitt (five), Huntington (three) and Merz and Jaylene Karolus (two apiece).

Riley and five wins and Mahler-Moreno four for the 9-10 girls, with Hibbert and Rebecca Johnson each winning twice while Aleah Karolus, Sarah Prombo, Isabelle Powell and Rachel Johnson each won once for the 8U girls.

Five wins from Devon Archer paced the 15-18 boys, with Drew Storey claiming three wins and Chase Archer and Alex Thompson two each while in the 13-14 division Riese Archer posted five wins, Jacob Storey three and Cristopher Gonzalez, Samuel Ridnour and Dylan Winey two apiece.

Garrett Winey was a quadruple winner for the 11-12 squad, with Logan Castillo a triple victor and Ian Thompson a double winner. Joel Storey won three times for the 9-10 boys and Isaac Winey twice for the 8U boys, with Anderson, Deardorff and Wilson winning once each.

Perry is at Lake City Tuesday and Denison Thursday, with home meets slated for June 27 (Manning) and June 29 (Glidden). All meets begin at 6:30 p.m.



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