Record setting year for Jayette swimmers

Cesar J. Toledo - Sports Correspondent
Anna Ridnour, shown swimming at a meet in August. PHOTO BY JIM DOWD/SPECIAL TO THE CHIEF

They might’ve not won all of their meets or recorded overwhelming winning times, but Perry’s swim team consistently outperformed their previous outing, individually and as a team

The Jayettes began and finished their season the way their head coach Jean Dowd had expected.

“We want to have every member of this team trying something new as an individual event at some point in the season,” she said before they took to the pool on Aug. 24. “Our team plans to have a different line up at almost every meet,” she said.“New relay combinations as well as different individual events will help keep this team motivated.”

Dowd’s plan, albeit didn’t post a lot of dominating wins, did feature continuous growth on the part of her swimmers as the Jayettes recorded close to 38 personal bests times through the course of the season.

In almost every meet there were a number of swimmers who would post a new personal best time only to break it the following week.

Swimmers like senior Breana Penenger who back on Oct. 10 at home versus Spencer and Atlantic finally broke the five minute mark when she finished the 500 freestyle at 5:58.17.

Fellow senior Martina Rade finished her career with several best times including a 29.08 in the 50 freestyle for a first place win on Oct. 5 against the host DSM North Polar Bears.

It was also a solid year for senior Vivian Gonzalez, who posted several personal best times throughout the season.

A few meets before regionals against Spencer and Atlantic, Gonzalez recorded a 1:18.54 marking a drop of 3.43 seconds in the 100 backstroke.

The final senior to grace the pool was Kimberly Valdez who posted a personal best time of 46.20 in the 50 freestyle against Boone back on Sept. 5.

Several other swimmers, Dannah Karolus, Anna Ridnour, Abby Herman, Sarah Vaughn, Amanda Holwegner Shekynah Haworth, and Avery Miner recorded multiple time drops and will be looked out to fill the voids left by the four seniors.