Perry swimmers notch third victory of season over Algona

Rhylan Agan (left), Jenna Nelson and Jaylene Karolus are joined by an Algona swimmer for the 100 freestyle at the MCB pool Tuesday. Photo courtesy Jim Dowd.

The Algona swim team is likely to have memorized the trip south to Perry, as the Bulldogs were making their third appearance of the season Tuesday at the McCreary Community Building pool.

And, for the third consecutive time, the Bulldogs were sent back home with a loss.

Perry was a 90-72 winner in the season opener Aug. 27, with the Jayettes posting a 55-43 win as part of a double-dual Sept. 8 that also included Boone. Tuesday saw the hosts nearly match the final of the Aug. 27 meeting, this time winning 90-71.

The teams are, as of Tuesday, scheduled to make waves together on several more occasions. Algona could possibly attend when Fort Dodge visits Perry Sept. 24 and when Grinnell comes to the MCB pool Oct. 6, with Algona slated to be at Carroll when Perry travels to their familiar foe Oct. 27.

Perry won 10 of 11 events Tuesday and came away with six new personal-best efforts in securing a another noisy visit to the PHS Victory Bell.

The foursome of Gracie Phillips, Amanda Holwegner, Jaylene Karolus, and Zoe Hibbert won the 200 medley relay in 2 minutes, 15.67 seconds, with Karolus, Hibbert, Sophia McDevitt and Jenna Nelson winning the 200 freestyle relay in 1:58.22.

The Jayettes managed to end the meet doing something the team has only rarely been able to achieve in recent years — enter two units in a single relay. The pairing of McDevitt, Nelson, Hibbert, and Karolus won the 400 free relayin 4:24.29, with Phillips, Holwegner, Rhylan Agan, and Emily Dowd second in 5:14.95.

Nelson, Dowd and Agan were 1-2-5 in the 200 free in 2:27.9, 2:43.6, and 3:13.02, respectively, with McDevitt and Hibbert 1-2 in the 200 individual medley in 2:28.19, and 2:42.41.

Holwegner (28.97) and Phillips (32.46) — a senior and junior from Panorama swimming for Perry — touched 1-3 in the 50 free, with Karolus tearing through the water for a swift 57.77 to win the 100 free. Nelson was second for Perry in the event in 1:08.62.

McDevitt easily won the 100 butterfly with a clocking of 1:07.89, with Dowd touching the wall second, in 6:55.94, in the 500 free.

Phillips won the 100 backstroke (1:16.95) and Holwegner the 100 breaststroke (1:26.52), with Karolus, Nelson, Hibbert, and McDevitt claiming the 200 free relay in 1:58.22.

Dowd shaved 9.59 seconds for a personal best in the 500 free, with Hibbert trimming 8,85 seconds off her previous best effort in the 200 IM. Nelson (1.89) and Agan (6.03) both posted new PB marks in the 200 free, with Karolus chopping 5.18 ticks and Nelson .86 seconds off their prior personal best times in the 100 free.

Perry hosts Fort Dodge Sept. 24, with Algona, as of Tuesday, slated to also attend.



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