A long drive to Plymouth paid off for the Iola-Scandinavia swim team.
The Thunderbirds placed second at the seven-team Plymouth Summer Invitational July 14. Plymouth won the meet with 1,804 points, while I-S finished with 1,488. Brillion placed third, followed by Valders, Kohler, Sheboygan Falls and Chilton.
“This was a great meet for us,” coach Dick Wright said. “We only took 23 of our swimmers and almost beat Plymouth, who had 42 swimmers. In a seven-team meet where they score down 16 places, depth makes a big difference and we were missing quite a few of our swimmers.”
T-Bird swimmers placed first in 22 of 60 individual events and won 10 of the 20 relay races.
“Even though we didn’t have the depth, we dominated the top places in this meet,” Wright said. “We had 11 swimmers win at least one race and four of them won all three of their individual events.”
Tayler Carlson, Cassidy Kostuch and Matthew Glodowski led the 8-and-under group. Carlson won the 25-yard butterfly and breaststroke and the 100 individual medley; Kostuch won the 25 freestyle and backstroke and took third in the breaststroke; Glodowski won the 25 butterfly and 50 freestyle and took fourth in the 25 freestyle. The 8-and-under girls also won both relays.
Elisabeth Sullivan and Ana Holder led the 9-10 group. Sullivan won the 50 and 100 freestyle and 50 backstroke, while Holder won the 100 IM and took second in the 50 backstroke and 100 freestyle.
Katherine Leaf and Dylan Kostuch teamed up to lead the 11- and 12-year-olds. Leaf won the 100 freestyle in the most exciting race of the day, as she touched out Plymouth’s top swimmer by 0.27 of a second with a time of 1:04.41. She also recorded a second-place finish in the butterfly and took third in the IM. Kostuch had two top-three finishes in his best meet.
Mitch Glodowski dominated the boys’ division of the 13- and 14-year-olds, as he won the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle and butterfly and was a member of two winning relay teams.
Morgan Glodowski led the way in the 15-18 group, as she won the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle and butterfly. Tyler and John Faldet, Zach Shulfer and Ryan Parks added three top-three finishes, as Shulfer won his IM race and Parks took first in the breaststroke.
“After having a couple of meets where the competition wasn’t too strong, it was nice to go to a meet with a couple hundred swimmers and some teams we normally don’t swim against,” Wright said. “Our kids really stepped up and had some great times.”
Dylan Kostuch and Sullivan shared swimmer of the meet honors.
The T-Birds will travel to Wittenberg Saturday, July 21, for a five-team invitational before wrapping up the summer season Saturday, July 28, with a home open meet.