The Rhinelander High School girls' swim team hosted Medford on Thursday night in a Great Northern Conference dual at the Heck Family Community Pool. The Hodags would down the Raiders 91-79. Rhinelander would use a strong string of events in the middle of the meet to earn the conference win and advanced to 2-0 in the GNC.
RHS would chart seven event wins on the night which included five straight events in the middle of the meet. The Hodags were able to clench the dual win after freshman Noelle St. Pierre won the 100-yard breaststroke. St. Pierre and sophomore teammate Makenna Winnicki would pair up to play a role in five of Rhinelander’s event wins, both added a pair of individual wins.
The Hodags won the opening 200-yard medley relay with a time of 2:00.28 with the team of Lisa Kennedy, St. Pierre, Winnicki, and Grace Heck. Medford’s A relay finished second at 2:05.47 and Rhinelander’s B relay (Maddie Quinn, Sierra Woodford, Riley Miller, and Marisa McGuire) charted third at 2:12.70.
Rhinelander held a 16-14 edge of the Raiders after their second event of the night, the 200-yard freestyle. Erin Bergman of Medford edged of Winnicki in the 200-free by 1.6 seconds. Bergman clocked in at 2:04.52.
But the Raiders would take their first lead of the night after the 200-yard individual medley. Medford’s Aubrey Buskerud beat out Kennedy in the 200-IM with a winning time of 2:25.25. Kennedy earned runner-up at 2:32.78. The Raiders would add another five points after picking up third and fourth in the event. Sophomore Ella Schiek came in the last scoring finish, but Medford who hold a four-point advantage.
That lead would be short-lived for the Raiders as Rhinelander went 1-2-5 in the 50-yard freestyle and would take a 32-30 lead at the break. Senior Grace Heck charted the win in the 50-free with a time of 27.18 seconds. McGuire finished runner-up at 27.59 seconds and junior Jaylen Janssen finished fifth at 30.32 seconds.
Rhinelander had momentum swing in their favor from there and they would win the next four races, to make it five straight to extend their lead to over 20 points. The Hodags went 1-3-5 in the fly, with Winnicki collecting the win with a time of 1:03.74. Grace Heck finished third (1:10.40) and Riley Miller finished fifth (1:17.25).
From there, St. Pierre would win the 100-yard freestyle to beat Avery Apfelbeck of Medford to the wall by 0.89 seconds. St. Pierre finished at 58.36 seconds. McGuire finished third (1:01.12) in the 100-free and senior Allie Fugle placed fifth (1:05.29).
In the 500-yard freestyle, Rhinelander went 1-3-4 and was led by freshman Maria Heck who had a winning time of 6:05.09. M. Heck’s time was over 20 seconds quicker than Medford's Mallory Rudolph. Woodford finished third (6:32.71) and Schiek placed fourth (6:48.60) for the Hodags.
RHS's 200-yard freestyle relay team of McGuire, Kennedy, G. Heck, and Winnicki would win over Medford's A relay team by 1.63 seconds with a time of 1:47.49. The Hodags would add another two points by finishing third with the team of Fugle, Janssen, Schiek, and M. Heck.
St. Pierre won the 100-breaststroke by 3.46 seconds over Aubrey Buskerud of the Raiders. St. Pierre clocked in with a winning time of 1:15.23. Medford gained back six points in the final 400-yard freestyle by finishing 1-3. Rhinelander's relay team of M. Heck, Schiek, Woodford, and St. Pierre finished runner-up with a time of 4:16.30 and would earn a 91-79 dual GNC win.
The Hodags advanced to 2-0 in the conference standings and will be back in action on Saturday when they take part in the Chippewa Falls Invitational.
The Rhinelander High School girls' swim team had a stealer Saturday when they won eight of the 10 events, and scored runner-up in the remaining two events. The Hodags cruised to winning the five-team Hodag Relays and were able to set two new meet records at the Heck Family Community Pool as well.
Four RHS swimmers would play a role in three of Rhinelander's wins on the day showcasing their depth on the day Makenna Winnicki, Marisa McGuire, Noelle St. Pierre, and Allie Fugle.
Rhinelander team of Lisa Kennedy, Grace Heck, St. Pierre, and Winnicki set the new meet record in the 400-yard individual medley relay. The Hodag team clocked in with a winning time of 4 minutes, 31.74 seconds.
Also earning a meet record was Winnicki, Maria Heck, McGuire, and Ella Schiek in the 500-decrescendo freestyle relay. RHS beat the old record by over five seconds, coming in at 5:15.87.
The Hodags started the day off strong and won the opening 200-yard medley relay with the team of Miranda Erdmann, Allie Fugle, Riley Miller, and McGuire. They finished at 2:09.85 which was 2.46 seconds ahead of runner-up Lakeland.
In the second event, the 800-freestyle relay, the Hodag team of M. Heck, Schiek, Maddie Quinn, and Sierra Woodford finished first with a time of 9:43.46. Maria Heck gave Rhinelander an early advantage and proved to have the quickest over splits at 2:16.04.
The 400-medley relay team of Kennedy, G. Heck, St. Pierre, and Winnicki would beat out Marshfield for the win, clocking in at 4:31.74. RHS also won the 200-free relay at 1:54.17 which included Fugle, Janssen, Erdmann, and McGuire. They were also the only relay team to crack two minutes on the event.
Grace Heck, St. Pierre, and Miller cruised to a victory in the 3x100 fly relay, finishing at 3:46.90. And in the 3x100 back relay; Winnicki, Quinn, and Kennedy recorded a convincing 21.36 second win over Antigo with a time of 3:19.57. Hodag team of St. Pierre, Fugle, and Woodford also won the 3x100-breast at 4:02.99.
Lakeland would edge Rhinelander in the 3x50-mixer relay. The team of Mariah Angove, Amanda Kosmen, and Naomi Hameria would beat the Hodags to the wall by only 0.08 seconds clocking in at 1:29.55. Rhinelander team of G. Heck, Kennedy, and Woodford earned runner-up at 1:29.33. Grace Heck made up some ground for Rhinelander in the final 50-yards but came up just shy.
The other runner-up finish for the Hodags came in the final event; the 400-free relay where Wausau West finished first at 4:21.21. The Warriors would beat out M. Heck, Schiek, Janseen, and Quinn by 3.96 seconds.
Rhinelander will be back in action when they host Medford on Thursday evening in a Great Northern Conference dual.
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