Swim team continues to shave-off times at invitational

Cesar J ToledoSports ReporterCtoledo@theperrychief.com
Swim team continues to shave-off times at invitational

This past Saturday the Jayettes hit the road as they competed against seven different teams at the the Ames Invitational.

After the water settled, the Jayettes earned 43 points, landing them in seventh place overall. The rest of the scores were Ames 408, Newton-Colfax-Mingo-Pella 234, Storm Lake 177, Ft. Dodge 170, DM Roosevelt 125, Carroll 123 and DM Hoover 36.

The finished product doesn’t tell the final story as the swim team saw six of its competitors post personal best times. The medley team had its strongest outing with a season best relay time.

The 50-yard freestyle saw a couple of personal best times. The first was freshman Ana Ridnour, who placed 20th with a time of 32.99. Ridnour has been working hard to try and improve her time.

“In freestyle I just elongate my arm because she told me that is what I am supposed to do,” she said.

The other great performance belonged to sophomore Breanna Ackerman, who finished 23rd with a time of 36.23. Sophomore Vivian Gonzalez came in 19th place.

Ackerman wasn’t done as she came in 24th place in the 100-yard freestyle with a personal best time of 1:20.63. Sophomore Sadee Whitfield finished the race in 22nd place and senior Haileigh Kenyon placed 15th.

Kenyon also delivered a season best time in the 200-yard freestyle with 2:19.46, which put her at 13th place overall. Kenyon is aware that this is her final year and she is doing everything possible to to get better.

“This year I’m having a little more time getting my season best,” she said.”Each meet I am getting a little faster. Last year I plateaued and I went seconds down in time. This year it is coming more natural, getting better and better each meet. I come in before practice and work on my starts. A lot times during practice I’ll do extra turns to make sure I’m getting around fast enough to help me get faster.”

Joining her in the 200 was sophomore Breanna Penenger who finished in 16th place.

“I am definitely having to work more this season than last year,” she said. “This year I am having to put even more work in the pool. It is definitely something that I am working towards. By my senior year I want to get the high school record for the 500.”

The Jayettes also had strong individual performances in the 100-yard breaststroke from Ridnour and junior Haley Vaughn. The girls finished in 21st and 13th places with personal best times. Vaughn’s time was 1:19.40, while Ridnour’s time was 1:35.25. Ridnour has been determined to achieve a personal best every time she hits the water.

“I practice my breaststroke and my breaststroke turns because I want to get really fast at it. It is my favorite,” she said.

Adding to all those impressive marks was Gonzalez who placed 18th in the 100-yard individual backstroke with a time of 1:21.35, which was a personal best. Head coach Jean Dowd couldn’t be any prouder of her team and was in awe with the results.

“Six individual personal best times was more than I was expecting at this meet,” she said.

Overall the Jayettes fared well in the relay meets. The 200-medley relay team comprised of Kenyon, Penenger, Vaughn, and Whitefield scored 14 points with a 7th place finish. In the 200-freestyle relay, Vaughn, Ridnour, Whitfield, and Kenyon scored 14 points and again finished 7th overall. The impressive meet was during the 400-freestyle relay. Gonzalez, Ackerman, Whitfield, and Penenger earned 14 points in their 7th place finish, with a time 4:52.34, which dropped five seconds from their season best. Based on these performances, coach Dowd reflected on the value of what these types of events bring to her team.

“This type of swim meet is a good learning experience for the swimmers,” coach Dowd said.

This coming Thursday the team will take on Indianola High School at home in the MCCreary Center. The meet begins at 6:30 p.m.