Although the Rhinelander High School boys' swim team won five of the 11 events on Tuesday night, they only competing with eight swimmers and were able to keep up with the Hatchets. The Hodags fell at Tomahawk 92-66 in their Great Northern Conference opening dual.
Rhinelander was only able to have the maximum amount of scoring swimmers in four of the events of the night, but had several notable finishes on the night.
The Hodags' started the dual strong and won the opening 200 medley relay team in convincing fashion. Rhinelander's Joseph Heck, Thaddeus Heck, David King, and Russell Benoy earned the win with a time of 1 minute, 51.62 seconds which was 19.79 seconds faster than Tomahawk's A relay team.
After being part the opening winning 200 medley relay team, Benoy earned two individual wins to follow. He finished edged out teammate Devon Gaber in the 50-yard freestyle by only 0.02 seconds, clocking in with a winning time of 24.53 seconds. Benoy also took the 100-yard backstroke, clocking in at 1:04.41 beating Jacob Miller of Tomahawk to the wall by 6.38 seconds.
Gaber recorded two personal-best times including his runner-up finish to Benoy in the 50, and also in the 100-yard freestyle where he finished first. Gaber clocking in with a winning time of 55.66 seconds to beat Tomahawk's Tom Reiter to the wall by 1.19 seconds. Thaddeus Heck also added a win in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing at 1:08.93 which was 11.1 seconds ahead of Evan Ploeckelman of the Hatchets.
Along with their four first-place finishes, Rhinelander also added five runner-up finishes on the night. King had a personal-best after finishing second in the 100-yard butterfly, clocking in at 59.20 seconds. King also earned a runner-up finish in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:12.69.
Joseph Heck earned two of the Hodags' runner-up finishes. He was second in the 200-yard individual medley, finishing at 2:25.55, behind Tomahawk's Travis Phillips. He also took second in the 500-yard freestyle (5:59.03), finishing behind Kole Svacina of the Hatchets.
And in the final event, Rhinelander earned second in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:53.82. The Hodag team of Gaber, J. Heck, King, and Benoy was beat to the wall by Tomahawk's A relay by 0.88 seconds.
Rhinelander will be back in the pool on Thursday night when they travel to Medford for another GNC dual. The Hodags' will have their home opener on Thursday, December 7th against Antigo, before they host the Hodag Relays on Saturday, December 9th.