Thirty-Two Swimmers Qualify For State
Kiwanis Team Improves Times During Eastern Divisionals At Glasgow Pool
The Glasgow Kiwanis Swim Team, hosting the Eastern Divisionals last weekend for the first time since 2007, qualified 32 individual swimmers and 12 relay teams for the state meet.
Four Glasgow swimmers were high point winners, quite a feat for one team. They were Khloe Krumwiede, Katie Kaiser, Trevor Johnson and Dalton Sand.
“So many kids made big drops in time,” said co-coach Alex Leuchars.
Khloe won three events in her 13-14 age group, shaving her best time in the 50-meter freestyle, chopping off 5.73 seconds in the 200-meter individual medley and splashing 1.75 seconds faster in the 100-meter freestyle, setting a new pool record.
Katie was first among girls 11-12 in the 50-meter freestyle and the 50-meter backstroke, and second in 50-meter butterfly. She improved on her seed times in both freestyle and butterfly.
Trevor, swimming in age 9-10, bettered his time in his three wins, the 100-meter individual medley, the 50-meter backstroke and the 50-meter butterfly.
In boys 8 and under, Dalton took first in the 100-meter individual medley, the 50-meter freestyle and the 25-meter butterfly, improving his times in every event.
The team scores were very close, Leuchars said. Glasgow came in fourth in the meet, just six points behind third place. They did make the hoped-for AA division for state competition this weekend in Sidney.
Dozens of volunteers, organized by Scott Billingsley, made the meet run smoothly. They were timers, starters, stroke judges, heat bench wranglers, scorekeepers, concession cooks, computer operators and clean-up after the 800 people packed their tents and went home. Someone had to hang the touch plates at the end of the lanes and wire the timing devices together with the computers. Someone hauled starting blocks and wooden heat benches onto the deck. Someone strung blue shade tarps into place and floated Kimball Goeke’s new catwalk over the deep diving pool.
A big athletic event brings a lot to this community, but it takes a lot from the community to bring the event here.