The Rhinelander High School girls' swim team cruised to their final Great Northern Conference dual victory on the road. The Hodags downed Colby/Abbotsford 121-49 on Thursday and won all 11 events on the evening.
RHS won all three relays on the night and had five swimmers earn individual wins as well. Freshmen Makenna Winnicki and Lisa Kennedy as well as junior Grace Heck, and each recorded a pair of individual wins to help lead the Hodags.
In the opening 200 medley relay, Rhinelander went 1-2 and was led by the team of Maddie Quinn, Jenna Hawley, Grace Heck, and Rachel Uhlarik (2 minutes, 7.07 seconds). Runner-up were teammates Emily McFarland, Marissa Martin, Marisa McGuire, and Ella Schiek (2:13.07).
Rhinelander also closed the night going 1-2 in the 400-freestyle relay as well. The Hodag team of Taylor Macak, Hawley, Carly Seidl, and Heck earned first with a time of 4:11.36. RHS team of Kennedy, McFarland, Schiek, and Winnicki were a close runner-up clocking in at 4:14.48.
In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the Hodags' were only 0.07 from another 1-2 finish. But Colby/Abby's A team just barely beat Rhinelander's B relay to the wall for second place. The winning time of 1:51.81 came from the Hodag team of Martin, Kennedy, McGuire, and Winnicki. Seidl, Uhlarik, Quinn, and Macak recorded third place at 1:54.96.
Kennedy won the 200 and 500-yard freestyle events on the night. She edged Colby/Abby’s Heather Lynn and clocked in with the winning time of 2:16.67. And in the 500, Kennedy beat out teammate Quinn by 0.76 seconds with the time of 6:08.73.
In the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard individual medley, Winnicki finished first with her biggest competition proving to be her own teammates. In the 100-fly she finished at 1:07.31, and Macak earned second at 1:12.69. While in the IM, Winnicki had the winning time of 2:23.15 to beat out McGuire (2:35.34).
Heck won the 50-yard freestyle as well as the 100-yard backstroke for RHS. She clocked in the 50-free at 27.46 seconds and teammate Macak was runner-up at 28.18. And in the 100-back Heck once again beat out her own teammate, this time Schiek and won at 1:10.38.
Rhinelander's two remaining individual wins went to McGuire and Martin. In the 100-freestyle McGuire edged teammate Seidl (1:02.12) and cracked the minute mark with a winning time of 59.73. And in the 100-breast Martin beat Hawley to the wall by 0.89 seconds with a winning time of 1:17.33.
The Hodags finished 5-1 in the GNC dual portion of their schedule, and was only behind Tomahawk who went undefeated at 6-0. Although only the GNC meet will determine the final conference standings. The GNC meet was originally scheduled to be held at Ladysmith/Bruce/Flambeau but now will be held at UW-Stevens Point Aquatics Center on Friday, October 27th.
RHS will have one final tune-up before the conference showdown when they travel to Wausau to take part in a non-conference triangular. The Hodags will face Chippewa Falls and Wausau East Thursday at Horace Mann Middle School.
The Rhinelander High School girls' swim team was handed their first Great Northern Conference loss of the season from powerhouse, Tomahawk. The Hatchets won all 11 events and cruised to a 101-69 victory on Thursday at the Heck Family Community Pool.
Despite earning seven runner-up finishes on the evening and nine third-place finishes, the Hodags were unable to keep up with Tomahawk. The Hatchets advanced to 6-0 in the GNC standings, and hold 24-1 conference record since 2014 and had six different swimmers earn individual wins.
In the closest race of the night, the Hodag 200-yard medley relay team of Lisa Kennedy, Jenna Hawley, Makenna Winnicki, and Grace Heck fell to the Hatchets by 0.84 seconds. Tomahawk’s team of Megan Marcks, Kirstin Marcks, Katy Volz, and Kaylie Svacina had the winning time of 1 minute, 57.30 seconds.
Also in the 200-freestyle relay, Winnicki, Hawley, Heck, and Marisa McGuire took second by just over four seconds to Tomahawk's Volz, Svacina, Kylee Theiler, and Rachel Dallman. And in the closing 400 freestyle relay, RHS team of Kennedy, McGuire, Maddie Quinn, and Taylor Macak were runner-up with a time of 4:07.77. The Hatchets team of Theiler, Shelby Benaszeski, Marcks (Megan), and Dallman had the winning time of 3:54.17.
Winnicki added two individual second place finishes in the 200 and 500 freestyle, falling to fellow freshman Theiler in both events.
Senior Carly Seidl charted a runner-up finish in the 50 freestyle with a personal-best time of 27.07 seconds. Dallman finished first at 25.80 seconds and Heck would take third at 27.25. Kennedy added a second-place finish in the 100 backstroke at 1:06.00.
RHS finished third in the 200-medley relay at 2:03.92 with a team of Quinn, Macak, Marissa Martin, and Ella Schiek. While Schiek, Seidl, Emily McFarland, and Jaylen Janssen finished third in the 400-freestyle relay at 4:25.36.
McGuire would record a pair of third-place finishes in the 100 freestyle (59.13) and 200 freestyle (2:11.04). Quinn also had two individual third-place swims on the night; the 100 backstroke (1:09.44) and the 200 individual medley (2:33.51). The remaining Hodag third-place finishes came from Macak in the 100 butterfly (1:09.96) and Martin in the 100 breaststroke (1:18.22).
Rhinelander also honored their six seniors on the night which include Hawley, Macak, McFarland, Seidl, Claudia Azabal-Martin, and Rachel Uhlarik.
The Hodags fell to 4-1 in the GNC standings, but the final conference results will be only based on the GNC meet held in Ladysmith on Friday, October 27th. Rhinelander will conclude their conference dual season Thursday when they travel to Colby/Abbotsford.
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