Perry summer swimmers capture second place with 8-1 record

The Perry-Area Summer Swim Team finished the season with an 8-1 record. Photo courtesy Jim Dowd

The Perry Area Summer Swim Team finished the 2023 season with an impressive 8-1 record and earned second place in the league. The Perry Area Summer Swim Team consists of more than 50 talented young athletes who have shown commitment and determination in their pursuit of excellence.

In a statement released Friday, the team’s organizers extended a special thank you to coaches Andrew Dowd, Danah Karolus and Ethan Whiney, who were in their first year of coaching together and are all summer swim team alumni.

“Their patience, guidance and encouragement have been instrumental in the team’s success,” organizers said.

The team’s focus now turns to the upcoming Iowa West Swim Conference (IWSC) conference meet, which will be hosted in Perry July 8. The event will bring together the finest swimmers from across the conference for a day of competition and sportsmanship.

Organizers said the Perry Area Summer Swim Team is excited to have the opportunity to host the conference meet and showcase their skills on their home turf, and they welcome supporters from the community to attend the meet at the McCreary Community Building in Perry.

Anne McDevitt, a board member of the Perry Area Summer Swim Team, said she was proud and enthusiastic for the team’s achievements this summer.

“The dedication and hard work of our swimmers and coaches has been great this season,” McDevitt said. “We are extremely proud of their accomplishments and look forward to cheering them on as they compete in the IWSC conference meet.”

Organizers said the Perry Area Summer Swim Team is grateful to their sponsors, volunteers and the community for their support. Their achievements would not have been possible without the collective efforts of parents, coaches and everyone involved.


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