The Rhinelander High School boys' swim team advanced to 7-0 in the Great Northern Conference after taking down Antigo and Medford this week at the Heck Family Community Pool. On Tuesday, RHS cruised passed a short-handed Antigo team 130-32. And on Thursday the Hodags nearly had a perfect dual meet while routing Medford 137-33.
Against the Robins who only had six swimmers, Rhinelander would win nine events finishing 1-2 or 1-2-3 in all their wins. Antigo did not have any entries in the 100-yard butterfly as well as the 400-yard freestyle relay. A pair of RHS freshman had solid nights to lead the Hodags; Daniel Gillingham won all four of his events and Jack Antonuk recorded three wins. Gillingham was a close runner-up to Brett Farmer of Antigo, who qualified for state in the 200-yard individual medley.
Both Antonuk and Gillingham were part of the teams' winning 200-medley and 400-freestyle relay teams. In the opening event; Gillingham, Antonuk, sophomore Gavin Ostermann, and senior Devon Gaber beat out teammates junior Joseph Heck, senior Thaddeus Heck, senior David King, and freshman Charlie Heck by 0.84 seconds with a winning time of 1 minute, 48.31 seconds. RHS went 1-2 in the closing relay where Gaber, Antonuk, Gillingham, and J. Heck won at 3:39.88.
Rhinelander also won the 200-freestyle relay with the team of sophomore Jacob Schoppe, Ostermann, sophomore Ashton Cole, and Charlie Heck. The four beat out teammates Thaddeus Heck, freshman Carter Gaber, freshman Marcus O’Malley, and David King with a time of 1:45.38.
In his two individual wins, Gillingham beat out his teammates and close battles. First in the 200-yard freestyle, he edged Gaber by 1.56 seconds, winning at 2:08.59. And later in the meet, Gillingham edged King by 1.24 seconds in the 500-yard freestyle, clocking in at 5:46.14.
The Hodags went 1-2-3 in the 100-butterfly led by Antonuk who edge teammate King by 0.92 seconds, finishing first at 57.72 seconds. Also scoring individual wins was Joseph Heck in the 50-free (24.04), Gaber in the 100-free (51.38), and Thaddeus Heck won the 100-breaststroke (1:07.46).
Rhinelander's JV team also scored the same number of points as Antigo's varsity, finishing with 32 points. Freshman Daniel King in the 50-free (29.5), O'Malley winning the 100-fly (1:12.66) and 100-back (1:15.69), junior Billy Berwig taking the 100-free (1:13.97), and freshman Eli Lundt with a runner-up finish in the 100-fly (1:20.44).
On Thursday, the RHS boys' swim team also had another convincing GNC dual victory over Medford. This time the Hodags won all 11 events and cruised to a 137-33win over the Raiders, just three points shy of a perfect meet of 140 points. RHS was able to adjust their lineups to get more inter-squad competition where 10 different swimmers played a role in at least one of the teams' victories.
One of their closest races of the night was the 200-yard freestyle relay, where Rhinelander had three entries clock in within 1.15 seconds of each other. The team of Jacob Schoppe, Thaddeus Heck, David King, and Devon Gaber won at 1:40.93. Not far behind was Charlie Heck, O'Malley, Cole, and Gillingham (1:41.92) and Antonuk, Carter Gaber, Ostermann, and Joseph Heck (1:42.08).
It also gave the Hodags an opportunity to place swimmers in events they typically do not swim. Some of those wins included Thaddeus Heck in the 50-free (25.22) and the 500-free (5:55.18), Gillingham in the 200-IM (2:15.07) and the 100-fly (1:01.99), Devon Gaber in the 100-breast (1:11.26) as well as second in the 500, Antonuk won the 100-back (1:06.34), and Charlie Heck took the 100-free (54.51).
In the 200-medley relay, brothers Devon and Carter Gaber along with brothers Charlie and Joseph Heck joined up to win with a time of 1:53.03. While brothers David and Daniel King paired up with Antonuk and Gillingham to win the 400-freestyle relay at 3:59.68.
RHS advanced to 7-0 in the GNC standings and will be back in action tomorrow as they battle several tough opponents at the Ashwaubenon Invite.
Even with a mixed lineup, the Rhinelander High School boys' swim team downed Medford 134-36 on the road on Thursday night. The Hodags won all 11 events and added 10 second place finishes to advance to 2-0 in the Great Northern Conference. RHS also had 11 different swimmers earn first-place finishes.
Rhinelander opened the night with one of their closest races of the night where the Hodags A and B relays battled for the top spot in the 200-yard medley relay. David King, Thaddeus Heck, Jacob Schoppe, and Devon Gaber would beat out teammates Daniel Gillingham, Joseph Heck, Jack Antonuk, and Charlie Heck by 0.18 seconds with a time of 1 minutes, 50.12 seconds.
Joseph Heck won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:05.66 and teammate Marcus O'Malley would finish 3rd. Thaddeus Heck (2:24.97) and Devon Gaber (2:29.57) went 1-2 in the 200-yard individual medley.
The Hodags finished 1-2-3 in four events on the night, starting with the 50-yard freestyle. Gillingham was first to wall at 24.25 seconds followed by Antonuk (25.05 seconds) and King (25.62 seconds). RHS also took the top three spots in the 100-butterfly led by Schoppe (1:05.99) with teammates Osterman (1:09.36) and Charlie Heck (1:09.42) following.
Rhinelander also went 1-2-3 in the 500-free led by King (5:42.29), T. Heck (6:18.47) and D. Gaber (6:35.81). Later in the meet, the Hodags also took the top three positions in the 100-yard back led by Charlie Heck (1:10.31). Carter Gaber (1:11.87) finished third and Eli Lundt (1:15.96) placed third.
Along with winning the 50 free, Gillingham also led a 1-2 finish in the 100-free, winning with a time of 55.67 seconds. Antonuk was runner-up at 57.88 seconds. Joseph Heck won the 100-breaststroke (1:07.59) followed by Schoppe in second (1:18.71).
And in the final two relays of the night, Rhinelander took the top two spots. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Joseph Heck, Carter Gaber, Cooper Kovac, and Schoppe were first to the wall at 1:43.15. Antonuk, Cole, King,and Ostermann placed second with a time of 1:47.32. In the final event of the night, the 400-freestyle relay the Hodag team of Gillingham, Ostermann, Charlie Heck, and O'Malley won, clocking in at 4:01.94. Devon Gaber, Kovac, Thaddeus Heck, and Carter Gaber finished second at 4:12.47.
Rhinelander will be back in the pool on Thursday when they host Antigo at the Heck Family Community Pool starting at 5:30PM.
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