PHS swim team enjoys strong local support, coach says

The Perry High School 2023 swim team includes, front row from left, Jazmine Johnson, Addison Huntington, Lilly Riley and Emily Dowd; second row from left, Aleah Karolus, Lydia Nelson and Cali Hernandez; third row from left, Madeline McDevitt, Coach Jean Dowd, Quin Mahler-Moreno, Jenna Nelson, Assistant Coach Chris Marks and Sophia McDevitt. Photo courtesy Jamison Studios

The Perry High School girls swim team held their annual swim-a-thon fundraiser during the first week of practice this year, which helps to cover the cost of team swimsuits and training equipment, such as fins, snorkels and kickboards, all of which need to be replaced.

Osmundson Manufacturing Co. made a generous gift of $1,000 toward the purchase of team swimsuits and additional equipment for the 2023 season.

“Osmundson has been a great supporter of our teams,” said Jean Dowd, Perry High School swim team head coach. “When we reached out to them regarding our needs this season, Osmundson CEO Heather Bruce, a former Jayette swimmer, responded with an incredibly generous donation that covered the entire cost of the suits and additional funding used for replacing fins and equipment.”

Nearly 20 local businesses, such as the Raccoon Valley Bank, Spellman and McDevitt Law Firm and Hastings Funeral Home, also donated to this year’s team. Dowd said the Jayette swimmers have been fortunate to receive tremendous community support over the years, and that tradition continued this year.

The Perry Booster Club purchased warm-up jackets two years ago for the team and bought warm-up pants this season in support. Dowd said the team thanks everyone for their donations and the community for its continued support.


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