Thunder Take 4th in Glendive, Look to Divisionals
July 24, 2019
The Glasgow Thunder Kiwanis Swim Team placed fourth in a pool of 10 teams at the regular season meet in Glendive this past weekend July 20 and 21. In all the Thunder brought along a total of 25 swimmers to the meet capping off the regular season. Next week the team will send 32 swimmers to Scobey for the divisional meet.
Taking the top slots on the Thunder's score card were Katie Kaiser who brought home three gold medals in the 50-meter freestyle, the 100-meter backstroke and the 100-meter butterfly. Dalton Sand also went triple-gold medals with first place finishes in 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly. Abigail Kulczyk brought home dual silvers in the 50-meter breaststroke and 200-meter freestyle and bronze in the 50-meter butterfly. Trevor Johnson took gold in the 100-meter butterfly and silver in the 50-meter fly. Allie Palm brought home a gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle. Rachel Billingsley medaled bronze in the 200-meter individual medley. Sophia Larson took bronze in the 200-meter freestyle. Finally, Wade Fuhrman brought home bronze in the 25 meter backstroke.
Both Kaiser and Sand have taken high point honors in their respective age groups, and Kaiser's fifth straight meet claiming the honor and Sand's sixth. The two also stand out as they have competed undefeated throughout the regular season and will head into the divisional meet with a clean record in 2019.
Coach Nicole Arnold also wrote the following on the teams performance: "Other noteworthy performances came from Abigail Kulczyk (12), and Sophia Larson (11), Allie Palm (12), and Addison Zoanni who all competed in the 200 freestyle and respectfully took 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th in the event for the team. Shonna Taylor (10) continued her debut season with some huge improvements in both her 100 free and 50 back races. Our last shout out goes to Trevor Johnson (16) who has continued to work at perfecting his technique and is seeing small but important time drops in his events."
The honor of GKST Athlete of the Week, however, went to Allie Palm age 12 and in her third swim year. Palm completed one of the best meets of her career according to Arnold and set new personal bests in all of her individual races. She shaved 18.55 seconds collectively across all of her events.
Coach Arnold stated, "Allie's most impressive feat this weekend came in her 100 freestyle race where she came away with her very first victory ever. Allie was able to out touch a very strong competitor from Sidney by .01. From start to finish Allie swam a strong yet gutsy race and it paid off giving her a new personal best time by 4.88 seconds."
In addition to the above, Palmer also led her two relay teams to second place finishes. Arnold added that the team is excited by her breakout performance and "Can't wait to see how she can add to her success in Divisionals."
1 – Sidney Tiger Sharks – 1,062
2 – Glendive Wet Devils – 905
3 – Scobey Stingrays – 564
4 – Glasgow Thunder – 486
5 – Plentywood Dolphins – 377
6 – Roundup Swim Team – 300
7 – Lewistown Sea Lions – 144
8 – Harlem Swim Team – 120
9 – Malta Swim Team – 30
10 – Chinook Lions Swim Team – 20