The Iola-Scandinavia Thunderbird swim team placed second over the weekend at an 11-team invitational in Green Bay.
The Green Bay YMCA team won the meet, but the T-Birds finished ahead of Oshkosh YMCA, Fox Cities YMCA, Sheboygan, Marinette-Menominee, Ashwaubenon, Wittenberg, Green Bay Swimmers, Marquette, Mich., and River Cities.
“We did incredibly well at this meet,” coach Dick Wright said. “Our kids came in here and finished ahead of nine teams from big cities. We did a super job and I am so proud of every one of our swimmers.”
The meet was a spring event, with each swimmer swimming in 50-yard sprint races (25 yards for ages 8 and under). There were no longer distance races.
“We have 59 kids on our summer team,” Wright said. “This meet was more suited four our experienced swimmers and they really came through. A full 85 percent of all our times were personal bests. That’s unbelievable.”
The T-Birds’ top swimmers included Elisabeth Sullivan, Taylor Carlson and Eli Stevens in the 8-and-under group. Sullivan finished fourth out of 22 girls in her group and won the breaststroke, took second in the freestyle and placed third in the individual medley. Carlson finished sixth and took second in the breaststroke, while Stevens finished fifth out of 22 boys and took second in the freestyle.
Morgan Glodowski led the way in the 13-14 group with a second-place finish in the breaststroke and fourths in the freestyle and butterfly. Her brother Mitch finished sixth overall and took fifth in the breaststroke and butterfly.
Tyler Faldet led the 15-18 boys’ group by placing sixth and taking fourth and fifth in the freestyle and butterfly, respectively.
“We always swim well at Green Bay and this year was our best,” Wright said. “There is always great competition from these big-city teams and that motivates our kids to show they can swim with the best.”
Faldet and Jakob Struble (boys) and Sullivan and Morgan Glodowski (girls) shared swimmer of the week honors.
The team’s summer season runs from May 31 to July 30 and includes four home meets and three invitationals. The 59 swimmers range in age from 5-18 and come from Iola-Scandinavia, WAupaca and Amherst.
The next meet is set for Saturday, June 25, at the Iola-Scandinavia Community Fitness & Aquatic Center in Iola against Seymour and Marathon.