Perry swimmers have strong outing against Indianola

Perry's Sarah Vaughn lunges down her lane on the butterfly leg of the 200 medley relay against visiting Indianola Aug. 29.

The final score at the MCB pool Tuesday was Indianola 88, Perry 76.

While the result might leave some observers disappointed, Jayette head coach Jean Dowd would not have been among them.

“I was so impressed with the girls’ times tonight,” Dowd said. “All of our relays dropped time. Good competition makes for good races.”

Freshman Shekynah Haworth moves down her lane in the 100 backstroke.

While Perry posted season-best efforts in two relays — and won two of three — they also recorded seven individual personal-best times in the eight individual races, of which the hosts won three.

The meet began with Vivian Gonzalez, Anna Ridnour, Sarah Vaughn and Abby Herman placing second in the 200 medley relay, but doing so in 2 minutes, 18.14 seconds, a season-best.

Ridnour and Avery Miner followed by placing 1-2 in the 200 freestyle. Ridnour won in 2:26.55, with Miner shaving 5.7 seconds off her previous best effort to finish in 2:26.61.

Breanna Penenger won the 200 Individual Medley in 2:36.75, with Dannah Karolus touching in 2:39.55. Both times were new PB’s for the duo.

Abby Herman’s second-place 30.17 in the 50 free set a new personal mark, with Shekynah Haworth placing fifth in 44.85.

Perry’s Breanna Penenger (top) and Dannah Karolus (bottom) race in lanes two and four, respectively, in the 200 Individual Medley against Indianola at the MCB pool Tuesday.

Sarah Vaughn (1:17.94) and Vivian Gonzalez (1:25.36, a PB) were 2-3 in the 100 butterfly, with Karolus (1:05.6) and Herman (1:08.24) 2-3 in the 100 freestyle.

Penenger claimed the 500 free in 6:09.48, with Miner lopping a whopping 15.5 seconds off her earlier best by tapping the wall in 7:00.34.

The combination of Ridnour, Vaughn, Karolus and Amanda Holwegner won the 200 free relay in 2:01.08, with Gonzalez third (1:20.46) and Haworth fifth (1:59.89) in the 100 backstroke while Ridnour (1:25.4) and Holwegner (1:35.44, a PB) scored points for third and fourth, respectively, in the 100 breaststroke.

The hosts capped the meet by winning the 400 free relay and doing so in a season-best clocking of 4:23.33. Vaughn, Miner, Karolus and Penenger swam the event for the Jayettes.

Perry returns to action Tuesday when they join Algona for a triangular at Boone, with Perry and Indianola both visiting Des Moines Roosevelt Sept. 7. The Jayettes will not return to the MCB pool until Sept. 26 when they host Newton and Oskaloosa.




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