Swimmers first at invite
The Thunderbirds finished with 1,581 points.
"We took 36 swimmers to this meet, so we had a lot of depth for both boys and girls at every age division," coach Dick Wright said. "
Tayler Carlson, Sara Bred, Cassidy Kostuch, Amber Sperl, Matthew Glodowski and Aiden Wright led the 8-and-under group. Carlson won the 25 butterfly and breaststroke, 50 freestyle and 100 individual medley; Kostuch won the 25 freestyle and backstroke and took second in the 50 freestyle; Glodowski won the 25 backstroke and butterfly and the 50 freestyle; Wright won the 100 IM and took second in the 50 freestyle and 25 breaststroke; and Sperl and Breed added three top-three finishes.
Dylan Kostuch and Katherine Leaf led the 11-12 group. Kostuch won the boys' 50 breaststroke and 100 freestyle and took second in the 100 IM and third in the 50 freestyle.
Mitch Glodowski, Daniel Parks and Jakob Struble topped the 13- and 14-year-olds. Glodowski won the 50 and 100 freestyle and butterfly; Parks won the backstroke and took second in the butterfly; and Struble won the IM and breaststroke.
Powers Spees won the 100 butterfly and breaststroke and the 200 freestyle and took second in the 50 freestyle to lead the 15-18 group. John Faldet won the 200 IM and took third in the 50 freestyle, while Ryan parks won the 100 IM and added a pair of thirds and Zach Shulfer took second in the 200 IM and 100 freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly.
"This meet was not quite as big as it has been in the past, but our kids swim well no matter what," Wright said. "It's sometimes hard if the competition isn't too strong from other teams, but we have enough good swimmers on our team."
The T-Birds will wrap up their summer season Saturday, July 28, with an open meet at the Iola-Scandinavia Community Fitness & Aquatic Center in Iola. An awards banquet will follow.
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