Perry swimmers speed past shorthanded Des Moines North

Amanda Holwegner swims in the 100 breaststroke at Des Moines North Thursday. Photo courtesy Jim Dowd.

DES MOINES — It is quite the rarity for the Perry swim team to arrive at a meet and find a school has fewer members ready to compete than the Jayettes.

Perry traditionally competes with a squad ranging from as low as seven to 12 or 14, which often means surrendering points in most races, especially in relays, where the Jayettes can rarely produce two four-person teams.

Thursday was, therefore, a rare exception, as Des Moines North had only five swimmers able to compete in a dual meet. With no junior varsity competition (and no diving) the meet ended in less than hour, with Perry having spent longer in the bus than in the water.

Perry’s Anna Ridnour dives in for her leg of the 200 medley relay at Des Moines North Thursday. Photo courtesy Jim Dowd.

The result was an easy 103-41 win for the Jayettes, who had the fastest time in nine of 11 events.

Martina Rade, Anna Ridnour, Sarah Vaughn and Abby Herman teamed to win the 200 medley relay in 2 minutes, 20.19 seconds, with a second Perry foursome of Skekynah Haworth, Amanda Holwegner, Vivian Gonzalez and Avery Miner third in 2:39.24.

Ridnour, Herman, Rade and Dannah Karolus win the 200 free relay later in the meet in 2:01.03, with the quartet of Vaughn, Miner, Karolus and Breanna Penenger winning the final event of the meet — the 400 free relay — in 4:26.99.

Penneger and Ridnour were 1-2 in the 200 free in 2:18.34 and 2:26.11, respectively, with Karolus (2:41.44) and Herman (2:56.89) 1-2 in the 200 individual medley while Rade (29.08), Holwegner (31.72) and Haworth (42.34) were 1-2-4 in the 50 free.

Senior Martina Rade swims the backstroke leg of the 200 medley relay for Perry in a dual meet at Des Moines North Thursday. Photo courtesy Jim Dowd.

Karolus (1:12.44) and Gonzalez (1:25.77) were 2-3 in the 100 butterfly, with Rade (1:04.79) and Herman (1:09.43) 2-3 in the 100 free.

Penenger touched in 6:01.16 to win the 500 free, with Vaughn second at 6:12.76 while Gonzalez (1:19.14) was first, Miner (1:24.35) second and Haworth (1:48.3) fifth in the 100 backstroke.

Ridnour and Holwegner placed 1-2 in the final individual race of the meet, the 100 breaststroke. The pair touched in 1:27.13 and 1:27.31, respectively.

Perry will return to competition Tuesday when they host Atlantic at the MCB Pool, with the meet to begin at 6:30 p.m.



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