After an afternoon of 24 different meets the Perry Jayettes’ swimmers toweled off on the third place platform having accumulated 188 team points.


This past Saturday, Sept.23 the gritty Jayettes took their talents to Des Moines North where they faced off against five other schools at this season’s Lonny Kerman Polar Bear Invitational.


The Jayettes recorded four individual top five finishes and two team top three finishes with sophomore Sarah Vaughn leading the way with Perry’s lone first place victory.


Vaughn torpedoed her way to the top spot in the 500-freestyle event when she finished almost 12 seconds better than second place with a time of 6:15.58, a personal best. Teammate and fellow sophomore Avery Miner placed fifth.


Vaughn and Miner teamed up in the 400-freestyle meet along with sophomore Dannah Karolus and freshman Abby Herman and the four recorded a second place finish with a time of 4:26.45.


It would be the first of two second place team finishes for Karolus, Herman and Miner who this time with freshman Amanda Holwegner clocked a 1:58.88 in the 200-freestyle relay.


Karolus and Vaughn solidified the final top five finishes of the afternoon when Karolus swam a time of 1:11.75 in the 100 butterfly for second and Vaughn a 1:20.98 in the 100 backstroke for fourth.


Overall points scored went to Storm Lake Tornadoes with 308, followed by the Algona Bulldogs with 197. The Oskaloosa Indians tallied 163 for fourth, Des Moines Hoover placed fifth with 111 and in sixth were the host Polar Bears with 102.


The Jayettes are back in action tonight at the McCreary Center when they host the Newton Cardinals and the familiar Indians from Oskaloosa.