The Rhinelander High School boys' swim team advanced to 7-0 in the Great Northern Conference after defeating Medford on the road on Thursday. The Hodags won 10 of the 11 events and cruised to a 99-67 victory over the Raiders.
The Hodags were able to mix up their lineup despite being without freshman Jacob Schoppe who was out with an injury. That left Rhinelander with only nine swimmers but that still went 1-2 in six of their 10 wins on the night. Senior Russell Benoy led the way for the RHS and was part o four event wins.
Rhinelander started the night going 1-2 in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Benoy, Thaddeus Heck, David King, and Cooper Kovac edged teammates Martin Hoger, Joseph Heck, Devon Gaber, and Cole Ashton. Rhinelander's winning team finished at 1 minute, 56.19 seconds while their teammates weren’t far behind at 2:00.41. This would give the Hodags’ an early 12-2 advantage and they never looked back.
Hoger and Gaber went 1-2 in the 200-yard freestyle to follow. With a time of 2:05.38, Hoger beat out Gaber who clocked in at 2:06.66. Benoy would win the 200-yard individual medley at 2:21.28 and King won the 50 free at 26.07 to give the Hodags a 35-24 lead at the break.
Rhinelander started right where they left off at the break and take first and second in the 100-yard butterfly. Nolan Francis led the way at 55.03 seconds and Gaber charted runner-up at 1:06.13.
Thaddeus Heck would edge Hoger by 0.27 seconds to win the 100-yard freestyle with the winning time of 55.74 seconds. The only event RHS did not win on the night was the 500-yard freestyle where Medford went 1-2-3. Matt Buchan won with a time of 6:30.25.
In the 200-yard freestyle relay Rhinelander also went 1-2 in yet another close battle against their own teammates. Kovac, Hoger, Gaber, and Benoy beat teammates Cole, Joseph Heck, King, and Francis. The winning time was 1:44.45.
Bennoy added his fourth even win in the 100-yard back with a time of 1:03.87. The Hodags went 1-2-3 in the 100-yard breast and was led by Francis with a tie of 1:05.22. Thaddeus (1:06.61) and Joseph Heck (1:07.54) went 2-3 for Rhinelander.
The Hodags closed the night by easily winning the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of King, Thaddeus Heck, Joseph Heck, and Francis won with a time of 3:47.05.
Rhinelander will be back in action tonight when they travel to Ashwaubenon to compete in the Jaguar Invite.
The Rhinelander High School boys' swim team charted another Great Northern Conference dual win on Thursday night when they travelled to Antigo. The Hodags defeated the Robins 98-36 with only eight swimmers on the night, while Antigo only had four. RHS would win 10 of the 11 events in the 25-meter pool at the McKenna Aquatic Center.
Rhinelander was without three swimmers on the night including senior Nolan Francis who was competing at a national swim meet in Texas but still won every even except the 400-meter freestyle. Brett Farmer of the Robins won the 400-free with a time of 4 minutes, 52.77 seconds.
Senior Russell Benoy led the way for the Hodags winning four events including a pair of individual wins and was part of two relay victories. In the second event of the night, the 200-meter freestyle Benoy was first to the wall at 2:16.69 seconds. He also took the 100-meter freestyle at 59.93 seconds.
Senior Martin Hoger,Junior Thaddeus Heck, and sophomore Joseph Heck also each were part of three wins on the night. Thaddeus Heck, freshman Jacob Schoppe, Benoy, and Devon Gaber would earn the win in the 200-meter freestyle relay at 1:53.50.While Benoy, Thaddeus and Joseph Heck, and Hoger took the 400-meter freestyle relay with a time of 4:19.15. And Hoger, Joseph Heck, Schoppe, and Gaber would start the night winning the 200-meter individual medley relay at 2:04.49.
Joseph Heck added an individual win the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2:40.21. While Thaddeus Heck's individual win came in the 100-meter butterfly at 1:18.70. Gaber won the 50-meter free at 26.69 seconds and Hoger was first in the 100-meter backstroke at 1:16.90. And Schoppe would win the 100-meter breaststroke at 1:23.34.
Rhinelander would add five runner-up finishes on the night to go along with their 10 first place event wins. Schoppe was second in the 200 IM at 2:45.65 and Joseph Heck was runner-up in the 100-free with a time of 1:01.18. Thaddeus Heck was second in the 200-free (2:21.17) and Gaber added a runner-up finish in the 100-fly (1:20.08). And Cooper Kovac was second in the 400-meter freestyle as well.
The Hodags also added a number of points for third place finishes on the night. Ashton Cole was third in the 400-meter freestyle and the 100-breaststroke. While Kovac finished third in the 100-meter backstroke. Hoger also finished third in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 27.95 seconds.
Rhinelander will be back in action Saturday when they host the Hodag Relays. RHS will face Lakeland, Marshfield, Tomahawk, and Superior on the day. First relay is set to begin at 11:00AM at the Heck Family Community Pool.
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