Jayettes’ swimmers end season in the record books

Cesar J. Toledo Sports Correspondent
Perry’s Avery Miner swims in the 100 meter backstroke. She improved her time yet again at the Regional Meet. PHOTO BY JIM DOWD/SPECIAL TO THE CHIEF

Perry’s swim team closed out their season at Regionals by posting nine personal best times at this season’s regional meet.

At the final meet this season on Saturday, Oct. 28 hosted by Indianola, the Jayettes recorded a total of 116 points for seventh overall in a field of eight schools.

The fact that the Jayettes didn’t place last wasn’t the biggest accomplish of the afternoon. Eight swimmers were responsible for nine individual and one team personal bests.

The 200-Medley Relay team of Vivian Gonzalez, Anna Ridnour, Sarah Vaughn, and Abby Herman earned seventh place with a season best relay time of 2:16.65.

It wouldn’t be the last time Ridnour, Herman and Vaughn would see their previous times become an afterthought. Both Herman and Miner recorded two individual personal bests.

In the 200-Individual Medley, Herman shaved off 3.13 seconds of her time for a personal best of 2:49.33 and 14th overall. Teammate, sophomore Dannah Karolus finished 13th.

Herman set another personal best along with Miner in the 100 freestyle. Herman swam to 15th place with a time of 1:07.25. Miner swam a 1:08.14.

Miner also set a personal best in the 100 backstroke where she finished at 1:21.25. Senior Vivian Gonzalez finished 16th and senior Martina Rade recorded her best time of 1:11.05 for 12th.

In the 500 freestyle, Vaughn finished in eighth with her new personal best time of 6:01.62, a full 11.14 seconds off her previous time. Penenger placed 10th.

Jayettes’ freshman Amanda Holwegner accounted for two more personal best when she dropped 1.05 seconds in the 50-freestyle event with a time of 29.21. Fellow freshman Shakynah Haworth recorded a new personal best of 41.92.

The final best time of the night came in the 100 breaststroke with Holwegner placing 16th at 1:26.19. Ridnour came in 17th.

Dowling Catholic won the meet with 573 points, Lewis Central came in second with 353, Atlantic took the third spot with 301.

The host Indianola’s 278 points landed them fourth, followed by Marshalltown in fifth with 229, then Grinnell with 142 and Fairfield rounded out the field in eighth with 51 points.

Always a positive and proud Perry head coach, Jean Dowd bid farewell to a group of seniors who helped the team improve in and out of the water.

“This brings our season to a close,” she said. “The team says goodbye to seniors Vivian Gonzalez, Martina Rade and Breanna Penenger.”