THUNDER BAY – SPORTS – The tradition of Thunder Bay producing outstanding swimmers continued last week with Lindsay Puhalski, of the ThunderBolts Swim Club signing her commitment letter to New Mexico State Swim and Dive team on a full swimming scholarship.
“I am really excited that I get the opportunity to swim throughout University and continue to do what I love,” states an exuberant Lindsay Puhalski. “There are a lot of people that helped me get where I am today, I would like to thank my coaches, my teammates, and my family for the support and encouragement.”
“Since taking over as the head coach of ThunderBolts I have seen a clear desire and drive for swimming excellence here in Thunder Bay,” said Tommaso Panizza, ThunderBolt Head Coach. “Lindsay is another example of this. I am very proud of Lindsay and her accomplishments.
Lindsay Puhalski has been a swimmer for the Thunder Bay ThunderBolts for 10 years. Puhalski was a Member of Team Ontario at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg. She is currently ranked 4th in the country in the 400 m Individual Medley for 17-year-old girls and was a finalist in last summer’s National Swimming Championships. This year Puhalski and the rest of the ThunderBolts will be training hard in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Trials, March 30 to April 5 at the Pan Am pool in Toronto.
Next year, Puhalski will be training with New Mexico State Head Coach Rick Pratt who is entering his 13th year at the helm of the Aggies. In his tenure with the Aggies, his teams have set 58 school records and claimed 17 individual WAC Championship titles. Pratt was also named WAC Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
“I am looking forward to training with my new team and my new coach at my new school,” added Puhalski.