By Georgie Kulczyk
The Courier 

Competition Underway for GKST

Sand Shines in Chinook

 

Ronica Sand / For the Courier

Dalton Sand swims the butterfly during an event at the Chinook swim meet held June 8 and 9. Sand achieved high point in his age group when he won all three of his events.

The Glasgow Kiwanis Swim Team (GKST) officially started its season at the Harlem Invitational June 1 and 2. The team sent five swimmers to the meet and despite the fact that they competed with zero practice time prior to the meet, they did well overall. According to head coach Nicole Arnold, "Our swimmers were very competitive with the other athletes and got some much needed pool time and racing experience."

GKST more than tripled its representation when they sent 18 swimmers to Chinook on June 8 and 9.

The team had to struggle through a rainy, cold two-day meet, but turned in some very solid performances.

Leading the team with top three finishes were: Rachel Billingsley (two events), Raelee Dowden (three events), Abigail Kulczyk (one event), Ava Reyes (one event), Dalton Sand (three events), and Aaron Zoanni (two events).

This week's GKST Athlete of the Week, which is voted on by the coaches, goes to Aaron Zoanni. At Chinook this weekend, according to Arnold, the eight year-old "started his second season with the team on a high note. Aaron was able to qualify for the second day of competition in all three of his individual races. In both of Aaron's freestyle races he was able to drop a total of 7.5 seconds from his best times from last season. Aaron proved this weekend that he did not miss a beat during the off-season. The GKST and his coaches are looking forward to seeing what this young swimmer can accomplish throughout this season."


Sand picked up where he left off last season, earning recognition as the high-point winner in his age group with three first-place finishes. Arnold also highlighted other performances that stood out from the weekend: "Snow Saiz, who is the youngest swimmer on the team this season (age five), showed great composure and enthusiasm for all her events at Chinook. She also competed in the 25m freestyle with no assistance, which is a big feat for her age."

In addition, according to Arnold, Kulczyk had a big day, swimming close to her personal bests in all her events.

Glasgow hosts their swim meet this weekend at the pool with events being held on Saturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16.

Team Scores

Harlem, June 1, 2

1 Chinook 661

2 Big Sandy 656

3 Harlem 535

4 Scobey 340

5 Glendive 166

6 Sidney 126

7 Plentywood 78

8 Glasgow 77

9 Malta 63

10 Lewistown 40

Team Scores

Chinook, June 8, 9

1 Chinook 777

2 Lewistown 723

3 Big Sandy 389

4 Harlem 310

5 Roundup 283

6 Glasgow 270

7 Scobey 231

8 Malta 180

9 Sidney 158

10 Glendive 150

11 Plentywood 117

Relay results – Chinook

Girls 9-10 100m freestyle – 4; Aubrey Farrar, Allenah Emeline, Peyten Birkoski, Kaylly Turner; 1:52.03.

Girls 11-12 200m freestyle – 3; Abigail Kulczyk, Myli Swindler, Addison Zoanni, Allie Palm; 2:48.01

Girls 9-10 100m medley – 3; Peyten Birkoski, Aubrey Farrar, Kaylly Turner, Allenah Emeline; 2:27.18

Girls 11-12 200m medley – 3; Abigail Kulczyk, Addison Zoanni, Allie Palm, Myli Swindler; 3:20.19

Individual results – Chinook

Rachel Billingsley (Girls 15-19) 200m IM – 3, 3:42.49; 100m breaststroke – 4, 1:53.94; 100m butterfly – 2, 1:47.93

Peyten Birkoski (Girls 9-10) 100m freestyle – 11, 2:04.12; 50m backstroke – 8, 56.92

Jacob Bishop (Boys 8 & Under) 25m freestyle – 11, 48.72; 50m freestyle – 11, 2:19.53; 25m backstroke – 12, 5:00.00

Torrance Braaten (Girls 13-14) 50m freestyle – 9, 48.57; 100m freestyle – 9, 1:54.60; 50m butterfly – 4, 1:03.93

Raelee Dowden (Girls 15-19) 200m IM – 2, 3:21.94; 100m breaststroke – 2, 1:38.92; 100m butterfly – 1, 1:33.62

Allenah Emeline (Girls 8 & Under) 25m backstroke – 11, 41.71

Aubrey Farrar (Girls 9-10) 50m backstroke – 11, 59.99

Abigail Kulczyk (Girls 11-12) 50m breaststroke – 4, 47.74; 50m backstroke – 3, 47.94; 50m butterfly – 9, 48.62

Allie Palm (Girls 11-12) 50m freestyle – 10, 38.75; 100m freestyle – 5, 1:29.25; 50m butterfly – 6, 49.82

Ava Reyes (Girls 13-14) 100m freestyle – 2, 1:21.77; 100m backstroke – 4, 1:34.09; 200m freestyle – 5, 3:13.58

Dalton Sand (Boys 13-14) 200m IM – 1, 2:51.43; 200m freestyle – 1, 2:28.49; 100m butterfly – 1, 1:19.45

Haylly Turner (Girls 13-14) 100m breaststroke – 5, 1:51.83; 100m freestyle – 4, 1:27.13; 200m freestyle – 7, 3:22.76

Aaron Zoanni (Boys 8 & Under) 25m freestyle – 3, 25.63; 50m freestyle – 3, 57.34; 25m backstroke – 4, 37.23

Addison Zoanni (Girls 11-12) 50m breaststroke – 11, 54.46; 50m backstroke – 11, 58.28

 

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