Perry swimmers compete at Grinnell quadrangular

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Breanna Penenger dives in at the start of the 20-lap 500 freestyle against Des Moines East Sept. 29.


GRINNELL — Perry made their longest road trip of the season Tuesday when they swam in the Grinnell quadrangular with the host Tigers, Williamsburg and Vinton-LaPorte City Union.

Vinton-Union won the meet with 383 points, with Grinnell second at 309 while Williamsburg had 297 points and Perry 200. Grinnell scored 41 diving points; no other team at the meet has divers.

The format called for each team to enter up (if they chose, or if possible) two teams in each of the three relay events, and up to three swimmers in each individual event, which was scored to 12th place.

Haley Vaughn moves through the water in the backstroke section of the 200 individual medley Sept. 29 against Des Moines East.
Haley Vaughn moves through the water in the backstroke section of the 200 individual medley Sept. 29 against Des Moines East.

Allowing the high number of entries allows larger teams to have more of their swimmers see action, but the points scale crushes smaller units, like the seven-member Perry team, which can rarely assign three swimmers to an individual race and which cannot field two relay squads in the same event.

However, the Jayettes were not without several bright moments, with Perry swimmers second in five events, third in two others while the 200 medley relay team of Vivian Gonzalez, Haley Vaughn, Haileigh Kenyon and Breanna Penenger were second in 2 minutes, 18.46 seconds.

Kenyon sped to second in the 200 freestyle in 2:19.81 and was second in the 100 free in 1:03.2, with Anna Ridnour sixth in the former in 2:34.24 and Sadee Whitfield ninth in 1:14.35 and Breanna Ackerman 11th in 1:20.43 in the later.

Breanna Ackerman swims in the 50 free for the Jayettes against Des Moines East Sept. 29.
Breanna Ackerman swims in the 50 free for the Jayettes against Des Moines East Sept. 29.

Gonzalez was the runner-up in the 100 backstroke (1:20.09), with Penenger second in the 500 free (6:30.02) and fourth in the 200 individual medley (2:47.24).

Vaughn was second in the 100 butterfly in 1:10.36 and third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:20.51, with Ridnour seventh in the same event in 1:32.33.

Gonzalez, Whitfield and Ackerman were 3-9-11 in the 50 free in 30.71, 33.46 and 36.54 seconds, respectively, with Vaughn, Whitfield, Ridnour and Kenyon fourth in the 200 free relay in 2:04.73.

The meet ended with the foursome of Gonzalez, Whitfield, Ackerman and Penenger placing third for the Jayettes in the 400 free relay in 4:58.68.

Perry dives back into action with a double-dual at Des Moines North Thursday, with Council Bluffs also expected to attend.

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