T-Bird swimmers win home meet
The Iola-Scandinavia swim team followed up its season-opening win at the Wittenberg Invitational by outscoring three teams Saturday, Dec. 17, at its home opener.
The Thunderbirds defeated Brillion, Marathon and Clintonville at the Iola-Scandinavia Community Fitness & Aquatic Center.
“This was a large home meet for us,” coach Dick Wright said. “We had around 110 kids participating in this meet. Our depth, because of our size, give us a big advantage.”
Tayler Carlson, Matthew Glodowski and Cassidy Kostuch led the 8-and-under group. Carlson placed first in the 25 freestyle and 25 breaststroke and took second in the 25 butterfly, 25 backstroke and 50 freestyle; Glodowski took second in the 25 freestyle and third in the 25 butterfly, 25 backstroke and 50 freestyle; and Kostuch won the 25 backstroke, took second in the 50 freestyle and 25 breaststroke and placed third in the butterfly.
Ana Holder and Elizabeth Sullivan led the 9- and 10-year-olds. Holder won the 50, 100 an d 200 freestyle races and the backstroke, while Sullivan took second in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle and won the 50 backstroke.
Ethan Olson and Katherine Leaf teamed up to lead the 11-12 group. Olson won the 50 breaststroke, took second in the 50 freestyle and 50 backstroke and finished third in the 100 freestyle, while Leaf recorded second-place finishes in the 100 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 50 butterfly and placed third in the 100 individual medley.
Haley Glass, Jessica Faldet, Mariah Wall and Jakob Struble led the 13- and 14-year-olds. Glass won the 100 freestyle, took second in the 100 IM and was third in the 50 freestyle; Faldet won the 200 IM and took second in the 50 breaststroke; Wall won the 50 backstroke; and Struble added three top-three finishes.
John Faldet won the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle races to lead the 15-18 group. Powers Spees won the 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly and 200 IM, while Morgan Glodowski took second in the 200 freestyle and third in the 100 freestyle and butterfly.
The T-Birds also won eight of the meet’s 10 relay races.
“Our kids performed really well again,” Wright said. “They swim a lot of events at our home meets and they still recorded some great times. We again have a great group of swimmers who work really hard every day and it pays off in the meets.”
Olson and Carlson were named swimmers of the week.
The T-Birds’ next meet is a home triangular Saturday, Jan. 7, with Marathon and Seymour at the fitness center. The team will then travel to Rhinelander Saturday, Jan. 14, for an eight-team invitational.