Sophia McDevitt lead a squad of 27 swimmers in this season’s Greater Iowa Swim League State Swim Meet hosted by Grinnell College.


This past Saturday, the Perry Area Winter Swim (PAWS) team posted some personal bests and noteworthy performances against a slew of stiff competition.


Out of the scheduled 114 events, the PAWS swimmers competed in 53 meets earning 14 top three finishes.


Leading the way was 10-year old McDevitt who recorded three new individual performance records.


She dominated her field with three first place finishes in the 100 Individual Medley, 100 Backstroke and 100 Freestyle. She also earned high point honors/ award for the girl division (9/10).


In team competition McDevitt, along with fellow swimmers Lilly Riley, Quinn Mahler, and Emily Dowd placed third in the 200 medley relay and finished in second place in the 200 freestyle relay.


Mahler and Riley also finished the day with top three finishes. Mahler placed third in the 100 breaststroke, while Riley was just a few seconds behind McDevitt for second place in the 100- freestyle event.


For the girls’ competitions, Haley Vaughn (17) and Jaylene Karolus (12) rounded out the final top finishes.


Vaughn almost captured the top spot in the 100-individual medley but fell just .2 seconds behind the first place winner. Karolus recorded the third place finish in the 100 backstroke.


The boys’ team also had a solid day in the pool. Caleb Winey (17), Ethan Winey (15), and Garrett Winey (10) left their mark with a combined three top three finishes.


Caleb earned third place in the 50-yard breaststroke. Ethan joined in on the fun when he placed third in the 50-yard fly. The youngest of the three Garrett, also earned third place in the 50-yard fly.


The two older Winey’s also helped the 200-freestyle relay team of Andrew Dowd and Drew Storey record a third place finish.


Riese Archer (13) rounded out the final top finishes when he touched the wall in third place in the 100-backstroke meet.


May other PAWS’ competitors competed admirably with a lot of them recording top five and even top 10 individual and team finishes.


On top of their solid finishes on Saturday, Mahler and Garrett were chosen by their coaches as all star representatives.


The team also honored one of their hard working parents. Stacey Vaughn was honored as an outstanding volunteer for the Perry team.


With this competition behind them nine of the 27 swimmers will now prepare for the Midwest Regional Swim Meet taking place on March 25-26. The event will be hosted by the University of Minnesota’s swim team.