A seasons worth of hard work culminated at this year’s state meet hosted by the Grinnell Tigersharks.
This past Saturday, March 10 the Perry Area Swim Team took a number of their swimmers for a chance to break records and earn some well deserved jewelry.
In total over three dozen swimmers finished their day with new times with a little less than a dozen making the regional roster squad.
“PAWS swimmers represented our team well with 38 new personal best individual times, with  of those earning them a spot on the regional roster!, Posted PAWS parent volunteer Stacy Vaughn on the team’s Facebook account.
Eleven-year-olds Lilly Riley and Quin Mahler-Moreno combined for three regional events with Riley qualifying for the 50 freestyle and fly events. Mahler-Moreno will participate in the 100 freestyle.
Both Jaylene Karolus (13) and Jacob Storey (14) made their way to the 100 freestyle regional meet.
The final regional qualifying times belonged to Amanda Holwegner (15), Sarah Vaughn (15), Martina Rade (17), and Riese Archer (14). All four will compete in the 50 freestyle event
PAWS head coach Hilliary Mahler also took to social media and shared her jubilation on how well the team did up in Ginnell.
“Wow, what a fun day at the GISL state meet! Lots of personal best times, new regional qualifiers, and 32 shiny medals! (Details on results to come), “ she wrote. “So proud of all our swimmers! For the swimmers who ended their season today, congratulations on a great season!”
Two other PAWS members were given some social media recognition after according to the head coach, posted some great final numbers.
“Shout out to Ethan Winey and Sophia McDevitt for earning the high point totals for our team,” Mahler posted. “Ethan scored 57 and Sophia scored 52. Impressive!”
This meet wouldn’t have been such a success if not for the number of people who volunteered themselves to help at Saturday’s event, according to Stacy Vaughn.
“Thanks to Tara Jacobson Merz, AnneMarie McDevitt, Eric Dowd, Heather Karolus, Haley Vaughn, Eric Vaughn and Avery Miner for their work during the meet! All your work is very appreciated by me and our team! Stacy said.
This Saturday, March 17, a number of swimmers will head to Carroll for a chance to qualify for regionals.
On the weekend of April 6-8, the current 16 PAWS qualifiers will head to Minneapolis for this season’s regional meet at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Other notable accolades
Individuals place winners:
Sophia McDevitt (11)- 100 backstroke
Ethan Winey (16)- 50 & 100 freestyle
Sarah Vaughn - 500 freestyle
Sophia McDevitt 100 IM
Ethan Winey 50 backstroke
Andrew Dowd (14) 100 breaststroke
Amanda Holweger (15) 50 breaststroke
Jaylene Karolus (13)- 50 freestyle and backstroke
Martina Rade (17F) 100 IM and Backstroke
Drew Storey(16M) 100 and 50 freestyle
Jacob Storey - 50 freestyle
Sarah Vaughn - 200 freestyle
Isaac Winey (8M)- 25 backstroke
Riese Archer (14) 100 backstroke
Quin Mahler-Moreno - 100 breaststroke and freestyle
Martina Rade- 200 IM
Drew Storey(16M)- 100 backstroke
Joel Storey (10M)- 50 freestyle
Place winners (relay): Second Place
11/12 girls 200 freestyle relay - Lily Riley, Quin Mahler-Moreno, Zoe Hibbert, Sophia McDevitt
15/18 boys 200 freestyle relay- Drew Storey, Andrew Dowd, Jacob Storey,