The Rhinelander High School girls' swim team hosted a triangular at the Heck Family Community Pool on Tuesday evening. It marked the Hodags final non-conference meet before they open their Great Northern Conference portion of the season. Rhinelander finished first with 104 points and won nine events on the night. While GNC rival Lakeland placed second (76 points) and Wausau West finished third (44 points).
Rhinelander was led by several underclassman including freshman Noelle St. Pierre who won two individual event wins and also was part of a pair of RHS relay wins. Fellow freshman Maria Heck also won the 500-yard freestyle as well.
The Hodags opened the night with a win in the 200-medley relay. St. Pierre teamed up Makenna Winnicki, Lisa Kennedy, and Grace; Rhinelander's three returning state qualifiers and clocked in at 1 minute, 59.89 seconds. The same RHS relay team would later win the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:48.28.
St. Pierre's first individual win of the night was in the 100-free, where she finished in 59.93 seconds and was the only swimmer to crack a minute. Her second individual win of the night was in the 100-yard breaststroke where she set the pace at 1:15.35. Freshman teammate Sierra Woodford and senior Allie Fugle also made the top-four in the breaststroke. Woodford finished third at 1:23.69 and Fugle placed fourth at 1:24.54.
Winnicki also added a pair of individual wins in the 200-free and 100-fly. She clocked in at 2:07.32 in the free and at 1:09.98 in the fly. Grace Heck would win the 50-free at 27.34 seconds and Kennedy won the 100-back at 1:03.43. Besides her first-place finish in the 500, Maria Heck also earned a runner-up finish in the 200-freestyle behind teammate Winnicki and was also part of the 400-freestyle relay team that finished second (Woodford, Ella Schiek, and Maddie Quinn.)
Quinn also added a number of top-four finishes for the Hodags including 100-backstroke (1:12.60) where she finished fourth and 200-IM (2:43.17) where she placed third. Quinn also took third with teammates Schiek, M. Heck, and Woodford to finish third in the 200-free relay (1:56.80).
Kennedy added a third-place finish in the 100-fly at 1:09.69. And G. Heck also placed fourth in the 100-free (1:01.40) and Woodford also recorded a fourth-place finish in the 500-free (6:37.42). Schiek also cracked the top-four in the 200-IM at 2:48.67.
It also was Rhinelander's first meet of the season with the standard 11-event program which will get them ready to begin their Great Northern Conference portion of their season that begins Thursday evening. The Hodags will host Colby/Abbotsford at the Heck Pool starting at 5:30PM and then will be on the road at Lakeland on Tuesday.