Perry swimmers open season in home waters

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Perry senior Haley Vaughn lunges forward on the butterfly leg of the 200 medley relay at the MCB pool Thursday.

Perry hosted Algona Thursday at the McCreary Community Building pool for the season-opening meet for both squads. Algona prevailed, 88-62, but the six-member Jayette squad had a strong outing, with Breanna Penenger posting a pair of personal-best times.

The Bulldogs and Jayettes will likely be on a first-name basis before too long, as the two teams will see each other three more times this season. Algona will return to Perry Sept. 6 when the Jayettes resume their season in a double-dual that will also include Boone. Grinnell and Algona will visit the MCB Oct. 4 for a double-dual, the Perry and Algona both swimming against host Carroll Oct. 17 in another double-dual.

Perry was first in six of the 11 events Thursday, but Algona amassed more points if for no other reason than simply having more bodies swimming in more events, as the hosts had from two swimmers in only one event, the 50 freestyle.

Penenger’s personal-best time of 2 minutes, 15.97 seconds won the 200 freestyle, setting the stage for the junior to shatter her previous best effort with a winning clocking of 6:16.52 in the 500 free.

Senior Haley Vaughn was first to the wall in the 200 individual medley (2:30.51) and 100 backstroke (1:10.15), with her sister, freshman Sarah, winning the 100 butterfly (1:17.41).

Perry also won the 400 free relay as Sarah Vaughn, Avery Miner, Dannah Karolus (all three freshmen) were joined by Penenger in tallying a 4:26.13 clocking.

The Vaughn sisters were paired with Miner and sophomore Anna Ridnour for the medley 200 medley relay, which finished second in 2:17.67, with Ridnour, Karolus and the Vaughn girls second in the 200 free relay in 1:58.02.

Karolus was second and Miner fourth in the 50 free in 26.85 and 33.02 ticks, respectively, with Karolus second in the 100 free in 1:05.07 while Ridnour finished third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:29.24.

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